bible school

Association Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary

Association Free Lutheran Bible School and the Association of Free Lutheran Theological Seminary are located in Plymouth, Minnesota at the national offices of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.

Bible School

AFLBS is a two year post high school structure. It was established in 1966 by the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. AFLC church founders sought to establish education for young Christians in the Bible before college, in efforts to help believers to "win, build and equip". Currently the enrollment is approximately 120 students. AFLBS students have attended from outside of the United States including Latvia, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ecuador, and Brazil. The Bible school is a members of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA).

The Bible School has five purposes:

  1. To teach students in the assurance of personal salvation in Jesus through the study of the Bible.
  2. To encourage students to embrace the Word for their every question.
  3. To challenge students to seek God's will by studying His Word.
  4. To equip students to serve in free and living congregations (only Lutheran).

Deans of the AFLBS

Name Term
John Strand 1966-1967
Richard Snipstead 1968-1974
Ken Moland 1975-1984
Donald Greven 1985-1996
James L. Johnson 1996-2006
Joel Rolf 2006-


The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations established a theological seminary committed to historic Lutheran theology. The seminary opened in September 1964. The Free Lutheran Seminary only admits men into the school. Student attended seminary classes for 3 years. The fourth year is an internship at one of the AFLC churches.

As an institution of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, the Seminary believes and teaches that:

The Bible is the divinely inspired, revealed, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God and as such is trustworthy in all its parts and is the supreme and only rule of faith and practice. The Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, and Luther's Small Catechism are faithful expositions of the truths of Scripture. The local congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth. It teaches there is no authority above itself except the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

Deans of the AFLTS

Name Term
Dr. Iver B. Olson 1965-1971
Rev. Amos O. Dyrud 1971-1981
Dr. Francis W. Monseth 1981-


  • The school is non-accredited.


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