Winebrenner Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  Winebrenner is chartered by the State of Ohio and has received a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Interested parties may view documentation or address concerns regarding federal compliance by contacting, Dr. Kathryn Helleman, Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment, at 419-434-4256 or by email at

Concerns or complaints regarding the accreditation status of the institution can be submitted to each agency listed below using the provided link.

Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103

The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting:  Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Family Ministry, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling.

WTS is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program by Association of Theological Schools.

The Commission has a policy regarding complaints against member schools (see section XII of the Commission Policies and Procedures). Please note that complaints must be filed in writing and must provide evidence that the member school is in violation of a stated policy or accrediting standard or a membership criterion.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

HLC Status 'Notice'

On July 17, 2017 Winebrenner Theological Seminary received a letter from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) indicating that Winebrenner will be placed on notice following the recommendation of the Comprehensive Visit Team in October 2016. Winebrenner remains accredited by HLC while under this status of notice and is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff are addressing concerns relating to this status. Winebrenner remains committed to equipping leaders for service in God's Kingdom. 

Students, faculty, staff and members of the public may submit a complaint about an Accreditation Status HLC-accredited or candidate institution. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in a 19-state region. Student Complaints

If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Helleman at  419-434-4256 or by email at or you may contact John Hausaman at the Higher Learning Commission by email at or by phone at 312-263-0456.

Click here to read the HLC Public Disclosure Notice.

Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
General: 614-466-6000
Fax: 614-466-5866

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) is responsible for responding to formal complaints against public, independent non-profit and proprietary institutions of higher education in Ohio. While the ODHE has limited authority over colleges and universities, and cannot offer legal advice or initiate civil court cases, the Chancellor's staff will review submitted complaints and work with student complainants and institutions. Student Complaints

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder CO 80301

On March 2, 2015, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) approved the State of Ohio to join SARA. On June 15, 2018, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the State of Ohio approved institutional participation for Winebrenner Theological Seminary. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

The Ohio Portal Agent is responsible for responding to formal complaints against public, independent non-profit and proprietary institutions of higher education in Ohio who are members of NC-SARA. Student Complaints

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-535-5990
Fax: 703-739-6209

On January 12, 2018, Winebrenner Theological Seminary received 2-year accreditation status from CACREP. This accreditation status recognizes the educational quality of the program and allows graduates to apply for licensure in the State of Ohio.

Most areas of contention between a student and a program are appropriately addressed via the policies and procedures in place to handle such disputes at the institution in which the program is housed. CACREP does have a formal complaint policy (Policies Governing Complaints 12.a – CACREP Complaint Policy: Processes and Procedures) whereby students, faculty and other interested parties may submit written, signed complaints to CACREP for consideration. An ‘appropriate’ complaint is one that directly relates to a program’s compliance with the CACREP Standards, Policies and/or procedures. Both the CACREP Standards and Policies are available on the CACREP website.

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