Welcome to the The South African Theological Seminary (SATS), a fully accredited and registered online seminary, focusing on equipping you for ministry in ministry.

  • Bible-based, Christ-centred, Spirit-led
  • Accredited: Our degrees are recognised worldwide.
  • Accessible: You can enrol at any time of the year and study where you are.
  • Affordable: You can pay for one course at a time.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide Biblical, Christocentric distance education and training to Christians, and leaders in particular, within their local church environment, to equip them to be Holy Spirit empowered members of God’s household.

Statement of Faith

We define ourselves as a Bible-based, Christ-centred, Spirit-led seminary. We are a home to a broad cross-section of Christians who believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of the Triune God, that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.


SATS was founded by the Lonehill Village Church. It is an independent institution under the oversight of a Board of Directors, and it remains in close relationship with the founding church.

Partnering with SATS

We believe in partnering with like-minded ministries, churches, institutions, and organisations, because we know that there is significant kingdom value in collaboration.

Student Support

We understand that it is not easy to study in isolation. The good news is that we have created a student support culture which serves the needs of our students.

Why We Exist

At SATS we are committed to interactive and technologically up-to-date programmes designed specifically for the local church-based student.

Our History

After much prayer and research into distance learning management and practices, the Seminary opened its doors to the public in June 1996.