Seminary History

Veritas Evangelical Seminary was co-founded by Norman L. Geisler (Chancellor) and Joseph M. Holden (President) in 2008 to expand the vision of educating educators, training trainers, and teaching teachers to proclaim the gospel, equip the saints, and defend the historic Christian faith through classically conservative biblical scholarship.

October 2008
VES was granted corporation status by the California Department of State and our original campus location in Murrieta, California, was graciously granted by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

February 2009
The Seminary was awarded its 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt status.

March 2009
The Seminary holds its first course.

January 2010
Dr. Norman L. Geisler was appointed to the VES Norman L. Geisler Chair of Christian Apologetics.

May 2010
VES held its first graduation commencement before a standing-room-only crowd in the campus auditorium. The first two VES graduates, Frank Correa (Summa Cum Laude) and Garrett Young, were awarded the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) degree.

September 2010
After an examination of Veritas Evangelical Seminary documents and a review of our degree programs, VES was granted permission to grant degrees in the state of California on September 14, 2010. Veritas Evangelical Seminary’s degree programs meet California state requirements for non-profit religious corporation exemption pursuant to California Education Code Section 94874(e) as verified¬† by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

April 2012
On April 3, 2012, Veritas Evangelical Seminary was granted Candidate Status (provisional accreditation) by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), a national accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Accreditation Association (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

June 2014
On June 2 the Seminary opened the doors to its new campus location in Santa Ana, California.

October 2014
Veritas Evangelical Seminary receives full accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

November 2017
VES adds four additional degree programs.
BA in Christian Studies
MA in Archaeology & Biblical History
PhD in Archaeology & Biblical History
DMin in Apologetics