CTS has been serving the Body of Christ in North Carolina and beyond since 1990 when it was incorporated by Dr. Barney W. English to train ministers for the work of the ministry. Dr. English had served as a minister in the Pentecostal Freewill Baptist organization for many years. In an effort to extend and enhance the effectiveness of his ministry he founded the seminary while living and serving in the Wilmington, N.C. area. Dr. English has three earned doctorates.
After many years of service and for age and health reasons, Dr. English reluctantly retired and passed the seminary on to a capable disciple, Dr. Lyndon Purifoy, who was well able to carry on the school. Previously for seven years, he had served Dr. Harold Vick, founder of Jacksonville Theological Seminary, as curriculum director, then on the road establishing new schools as a satellite school director as well as serving as vice-chairman of the Board of Directors. However, in the last several years Dr. Purifoy’s fuller ministry has developed through his leadership gift and his apostolic teaching ministry to place more effort toward personal growth and development of individuals [discipleship] for the expansion of the Kingdom of God; additionally, others have sought him out for development, covering, oversight and direction. Therefore Dr. Purifoy, seeing the hand of the Lord along with his desire to continue the heritage and legacy of both Dr. Barney English and Dr. Harold Vick, passed leadership to Dr. Flynn to carry on and expand the ministry.
In October of 2019, Dr. Flynn passed unexpectedly in his sleep. The Board of Directors has selected Dr. Ray Leach to serve as Interim President until such time as a successor has been selected.