The European Theological Seminary, located in Freudenstadt-Kniebis, Germany, has students from Central, Eastern, CIS, Western, Mediterranean, and Middle East countries. Simultaneous instruction is offered in German and English. President of the school is Paul Schmidgall, Ph.D., who has served at ETS since 2004, and in 2008, became the regional superintendent of the Middle East, as well. As a private, faith-based, accredited graduate school, it exists as part of the educational ministry of the Church of God denomination.
ETS was founded in 1949 through the initiation of Church of God World Missions, and has undergone several name changes in its history. Known as the German COG Bible School in 1958, the school resided in Krehwinkel. Later in 1964, it was named the International Bible Seminary (I.B.S.), becoming the European Bible Seminary in 1972. When EBS relocated to Freudenstadt-Kniebis, the school’s name was changed to European Theological Seminary. In recent years, the Church of God Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, and Lee University, also in Cleveland, have offered extension ministry courses leading to the Master of Arts in Church Ministries and Master’s courses, respectively.
Kniebis is a Black Forest village with character, and provides beautiful and charming surroundings. The building of ETS houses facilities for instruction, study and worship, a theological library, and pleasant living accommodations for single students. Married student rent private apartments in Kniebis or in the local area.
ETS continues to draw students from all nationalities, training them to spread the Gospel effectively in completing the FINISH Commitment.