A Seminary in the Heart of Haiti with a Heart for Haiti

Emmaus Biblical Seminary exists to develop Christ-like leaders for the transformation of Haiti and the world.

Mission & Goals

The primary purpose of Emmaus Biblical Seminary is to train pastors, teachers, professors, church planters, missionaries, and other Christian leaders for the Emmaus Fellowship of Churches, Haiti, the Caribbean, and the world through undergraduate and graduate-level theological education and leadership development.

Our calling is to disciple and mentor students to become holy leaders in the image of Christ. We do this through academics – the renewing of the mind, spiritual formation – deepening the spiritual life, and service – developing effective ministry abilities. Emmaus also embraces the obligation to provide continuing education for pastors, leaders, and alumni in response to the theological education needs of the church in Haiti.

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Theological Orientation

Emmaus Biblical Seminary is an undergraduate theological education institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.

The theology of John Wesley

Our Location
Our History

In the 1950s, Eldon Turnidge received the vision for a Haitian vocational bible school while at the OMS Vocational Bible School in Cristalina, Columbia.

Turnidge shared the vision with OMS missionary David Graffenberger, who, along with Marilyn Murphy (now Shaferly) and Gaudin Charles, founded the Emmaus Vocational Bible School in 1967.  David Graffenberger also served as the first Director of Emmaus Vocational Bible School.

In 2000, after many years of successful training of Haitians for bi-vocational ministry, EVBS’ registration closed.  In August 2001, under the direction of Dr. Bill Cooper, Emmaus’ registration reopened to accept theological students exclusively. At that time, the name of the school changed from Emmaus Vocational Bible School to Emmaus Biblical Seminary of Haiti.

Construction began on a new seminary campus in Saccenville in 2006. Construction was completed in 2009 and the campus was officially dedicated in January of 2010, the Monday before the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince.