Our Mission and Work

Established as a means of extending and embodying the legacy of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer within the context of seminary education, the Francis Schaeffer Institute has as its chief end the emphasizing of the gospel of Jesus Christ as "true truth" and therefore as culturally relevant and personally engaging.

Over the past quarter century, the Francis Shaeffer Institute has successfully helped seminary students and the broader church better understand and speak back to the culture in which they live and minister. Beyond the seminary, the Francis Scaeffer Institute has also played a significant role in helping believers in general come out from behind church walls to effectively and winsomely engage in apologetics and outreach while living obediently in all spheres of life.


Rooted In Word Conference

Stand Firm Conference

Sent Into The World Conference

Kingdom Calling Lectures

FSI Fellowships

The Francis Schaeffer Institute offers fellowships for our Master of Arts in Religion & Cultures degree program. These fellowships provide real-life ministry experience while studying in a cohort-based learning environment. There are also scholarships available. Contact our Admissions Office if you are interested in applying.


Jerram Barrs

Resident Scholar

A student of the late Francis A. Schaeffer, Professor Barrs joined the Seminary faculty in 1989 after 18 years with L’Abri Fellowship in England, where he also served as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church. Upon his return to St. Louis, Professor Barrs helped to plant a PCA church in the city.

Mark Ryan


Rev. Mark Ryan (MATS in Christianity and Contemporary Culture, ’99) was an intern with FSI during his student days and has worked with L’Abri Fellowship in both Massachusetts and Canada. He also has pastored churches in Australia and the US, most recently as associate pastor at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship in Maplewood, Missouri. He has served as the Director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute since 2013.