Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies

SoutheastSoutheast Institute of Biblical Studies (formerly East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions) was chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1971. The school is operated under the oversight of the elders of the Karns Church of Christ.  Southeast is, therefore, a work of the church itself. The scriptural basis for such a school is found in passages such as II Timothy 2:2, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”  The Karns church is sound in doctrine and dedicated to evangelism.

While Southeast is a work of the church, its programs and curriculum are parallel to what would be found in colleges.  The education advantages are equal to, or superior to, that of similar schools or colleges. Southeast admits students without regard to race, color and national or ethnic origin. Enrollment and participation by women are subject to Biblical guidelines as understood by the school and the Karns Church of Christ.

Southeast is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

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Director:  Will Hanstein

Dean of Students:  Dale Babinsky

Dean of Academics:  Mark Hanstein

Development:  David Lipe

Recruitment:  Mike Webb

Administrative Assistant:  Deanna Williams

Librarian:  Kim Higginbotham

Questions regarding enrollment can be directed to: (865) 691-7444 0r you may visit their website at  The school is located with the Karns Church of Christ at 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, Knoxville, TN 37931.

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Service Times

Sunday Morning Bible classes: 9:00 am

Sunday Morning Worship: 10:00 am

Sunday Evening Worship: 6:00 pm

Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Devotional: 7:00 pm


6612 Beaver Ridge Road

Knoxville, TN 37931

Ph: 865-691-7411