Tanzania Baptist Theological Seminary (TBTS) was started in 1962 as Baptist Theological Seminary of Eastern Africa (BTSEA). Later was changed to be International Baptist Theological Seminary of Eastern Africa, (IBTSEA), teaching Theology and Christian Education. Students were to come and stay at the seminary with their families as program required.

IBTSEA went on until 2003, when the seminary changed into a university under the name of Mount Meru University (MMU). The university started with the Faculty of Theology and Education, later Faculty of Business was developed. MMU being registered entity supervised by Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), had instructions as given to all registered universities. TCU required a certain points for students to be enrolled in all programs. This affected most people who were called for Church ministerial work as they could not meet the criteria of TCU enrollment requirement. 

TBTS was started in 2018 to revive International Baptist Theological Seminary of Eastern Africa to equip God’s called people for ministerial work, so that they could go and

fulfill the Great Commission    


 “...Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat. 28: 19-20 NKJV).  

For this reason the Tanzania Baptist Theological Seminary is here to support the churches to help them to teach those who are called by God,  and who have prepared , and are sent  by their churches. 


This seminary will help prepare them to  preach the Gospel AND to teach the Word of God and to do Christian ministry effectively.


Tanzania Baptist Theological Seminary is in Arusha Tanzania, is located at Ngaramtoni area, approximately fifteen (15) kilometers north of Arusha City along the Arusha – Namanga Highway.