The vision of a national Baptist seminary in Singapore was first conceived in the mid-1970s when Baptist leaders and missionaries here felt that theological education for Singapore Baptists was not adequately served by the offering of Theological Education by Extension (TEE) courses. In September 1976, the newly organised Singapore Baptist Convention appointed a sub-committee to recommend plans for long-term theological training. The plans came to fruition when the Singapore Branch of the Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) was set up in 1982. This decision was in partprompted by concern over Malaysian immigration restrictions against foreigners, including Singaporeans, studying in Malaysia. On 3 May 1982, the Singapore Baptist Convention voted “to encourage the Baptist Theological Seminary to proceed to implement its plans for upgrading the Singapore Theological Education by Extension (TEE) program to a Teaching Branch of the [Malaysia] Baptist Theological Seminary.”
BTS was established as an agency of the Singapore Baptist Convention. The Convention has been very supportive of BTS in every phase of its development. The Baptist churches of Singapore and many individual Baptists have given exceptional support to the Seminary through their prayers, words of encouragement, and finances. The Lord is good and His people have been generous. In July 1998, the Seminary moved to Kay Poh Road Baptist Church. In March 2000, the Seminary again moved to Queenstown Baptist Church, 495 Margaret Drive. In 2011 when Queenstown Baptist Church was undergoing major rebulding and renovation, the seminary moved its library and offices to BeTime Building at MacPherson Road, and held classes at for one year at Calvary Baptist Church and Hope Baptist Church.
In August 2012, after more than twenty three years since her registration as an institution of learning, BTS moved to permanent premises at the Baptist Centre at 1023 Upper Serangoon Road. The seminary shares the premises with the Singapore Baptist Convention office. We give thanks as we have seen the hand of God in the life BTS!