Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies


The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) has been established under the oversight of ARBCA. Both ARBCA and IRBS represent confessional Baptist churches subscribing to the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.

Our institute has been organized to operate in close cooperation with Westminster Theological Seminary in California, a confessional seminary. ARBCA will provide academically qualified professors with considerable pastoral experience to teach our courses on the campus of Westminster at Escondido, CA.  


Courses taught by IRBS will focus on the distinctives of Reformed Baptist Theology, Church History, and Practical Ministry. At present, courses have been developed for the following:

  • Reformed Baptist Doctrine of the Church
  • Baptist Church History
  • The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689
  • Reformed Baptist Ministry of the Word
  • Reformed Baptist Pastoral Ministry


Earned Credits from IRBS will transfer to Westminster's Master of Divinity program (some in the stead of their required courses, and others as electives). Although IRBS will not grant degrees, it will issue a certificate to each student who completes our course of study along with the M.Div. requirements at Westminster.


The single purpose of IRBS is to direct all studies toward preparing men for the pastoral ministry. Therefore we will admit -

  1. Men only
  2. Who have a credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,
  3. Who have a character above reproach,
  4. Who have a sense of call to the ministry,
  5. Who have the commendation of a local church,
  6. Who have been accepted by Westminster Seminary to pursue its M.Div. program.


Course charges will be identical to the fees of Westminster Seminary. Institute professors will offer personal guidance to our students - in attending local Reformed Baptist churches in which there will be opportunities for practical ministry during their years of education, and, in seeking placement in the ministry following graduation.


James M. Renihan, Ph.D., serves as full-time professor at IRBS. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Ministerial Academy of Montville, NJ, has received his M.Div. from the Seminary of the East of Worcester, MA and his Ph.D. from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Deerfield, Il. He has had more than 10 years of pastoral experience in Baptist churches. Other professors may be employed on a part-time basis.

Contact us:
Application forms may be secured by writing:
PO Box 300771
Escondido, CA 92030-0771