About LTS

LTS was established in 1977, under the vision and leadership of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, to train men for pastoral and preaching ministry.

Since then, many have completed the course and are now serving the Lord as pastors, preachers and missionaries in both the United Kingdom and throughout the world..

Details of the curriculum and the subjects covered can be found here. The course is founded upon the following principles:

  • Biblical: The Bible stands at the centre of all that we believe and do at LTS. We hold the Scriptures in their entirety to be God’s Word – to all peoples in all ages – infallible and inerrant. Each day at LTS includes exposition of the Word. We give substantial time to learning the biblical languages, exegeting the biblical text and grasping the biblical message in its fullness.
  • Theological: The Bible needs to be understood in its entirety and as a unity. So we train students to understand the big story-line and the major themes and doctrines of the Scriptures - from the perspectives of biblical, systematic, historical and pastoral theology. We stand in the tradition of the Protestant Reformation, believing that the truths re-affirmed then represent the teaching of the Bible which needs to be communicated to our, and every, generation.
  • Contemporary: The Bible’s message needs to come to this generation. We help students understand the mindset, presuppositions and preoccupations of the society in which they will be ministering. We look at how biblical principles are worked out in the issues which face men and women today. We examine how the message of Scripture can be communicated effectively in the 21st century.
  • Practical: The work of pastoring and preaching shapes the entirety of our course. This lends a special ethos to the course and ensures that lectures, seminars and workshops are moulded to address real pastoral and practical concerns. Most of our lecturers are in full-time pastoral work. Each student takes part in our church mentoring scheme and there are opportunities for preaching as well as participating in extended short-term placements at partner churches.
  • Free Church: Our course is specifically designed for men intending to enter Free Church ministry whether Baptist, Congregationalist, Presbyterian, independent Evangelical or otherwise (LTS is not linked to any one denomination). We address the issues which pastors and preachers in Free Churches will meet, so as to prepare students for ministry in those churches.
  • Affordable: The cost of training is a real concern to many. We keep our fees as low as possible. We also have bursaries available to help those who would otherwise find it very difficult to engage in training. It is our aim that no one suitably qualified should be prevented from coming to LTS for financial reasons.


We welcome students from both the UK and overseas.  Indeed, one of the distinctives of student life at LTS is the enjoyment of fellowship with Christian believers from all over the world.  In recent years we have had students from Argentina, Armenia, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the USA.