Numerous seminars and conferences held in Ukraine at the beginning of the 90s (immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union) stressed a need for systematic theological education which was met by setting up International Extra-Mural Institute in Kyiv in 1991.
In August of 1992, Poliana, Transcarpathia, hosted a month-long seminar for pastors and leaders of various ministries, who completed a program similar to one of a Bible School. That was the first step on the way to founding Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary.
In September of 1993, a year-long program of Higher Spiritual School was approved. It became clear upon completion of the first year of studies that along with general education students needed also specialized theological and music education.
After moving to Kyiv in September of 1994, two programs were introduced – Music Ministry and Christian Education, with completion certificate issued, as well as diploma-based Christian Ministry course.
In March 1998, in connection with lease problems, Higher Spiritual School moved to Boyarka, which is 30 kilometers from Kyiv. At that time its official name was changed into Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary at the Union of Free Churches of Evangelical Faith of Ukraine. Efforts were taken to develop and improve syllabus and curricula, which were later accredited by European Evangelical Accreditation Association (EEAA).
In August of 2000 a real miracle occurred. By God’s mercy and with support of God’s Assembly of Australia, Overseas Council International and local churches the seminary bought premises in a picturesque area of Kyiv, Pushcha-Vodytsia. This event provided new opportunities for expansion of the seminary’s activities.
2003 is a special year in development of a non-resident Christian Ministry program. For the first time in history of the seminary two groups of students enrolled in this program, among them 104 pastors and ministers from Ukrainian and Russian churches. Also, a library was solemnly opened to serve needs of both students, faculty, and local churches.
2004 saw reconstruction of the main Academic Center housing the majority of classrooms and offices. Another step was made in development of the extension department – an extra enrollment of students upon a request of churches increased the number of groups to three, with the total number of students being 122.
2005 is a year when a project of Alumni Assistance through development of missionary, literary, social funds, and the fund of youth ministry was introduced.
In 2006 the first 7 graduating bachelors of Theology and Christian Ministry program defended their thesis and got their qualification diplomas.
2007 featured approval of the master’s degree Transformative Leadership program adapted for leaders of both Christian, and secular organizations. New seminars and trainings for churches were introduced.
In 2008 the first session of the master’s program Transformative Leadership was held. It was attended by 20 church ministers and businessmen.
In 2009 European Evangelical Accreditation Association examined the resident program Theology and Christian Ministry to confirm its accreditation on the ground of its compliance with Bologna education standards.
2010 was a further step in development of academic programs. Two new programs, youth resident program Foundation and non-resident Foundations of Christian Counselling came into existence. That year also marked 10-year anniversary of friendship with College Park partner church (Indianapolis, USA)
2011 introduced extended 2-year program Music Ministry and Theology.
In 2012 UETS celebrated 20 years of its ministry, with 111 students completing their studies. In September the seminary leadership underwent changes. Ivan Rusyn was appointed as the new rector, and the former rector, Anatoliy Hlukhovskyi, chaired its board.
2013 launched two new programs: an MTh in Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology and a certificate in Psychological Counselling and Psychocorrective Work with Children and Teenagers.
In 2014 the European Evangelical Accreditation Association extended accreditation of the bachelor’s resident program Theology and Christian Ministry until 2019, and began the accreditation process of the master’s program Transformative Leadership.
In 2015 UETS began a partnership with Scholars Leaders International (SLI), an international organization dealing with strategic development of higher education institutions. The master’s degree program Transformative Leadership received accreditation with the European Evangelical Accreditation Association. UETS held its first Music in Worship international conference with thepurpose of developing music ministry and spirituality in churches.
2016 was a year of innovation and renovation with a number of projects competed with the help of international partners of UETS, in particular College Park Church, USA. We impoved access to high-speed Internet, modernized classrooms, renovated dormitories, etc. The international partnership of UETS with Great Britain, particularly with the NEXUS School of Creative Arts and London School of Theology, was also reinforced.
In 2017 the seminary marked its 25th anniversary of serving the Church and society in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. First Baptist Church of Georgetown, TX, USA, sponsored the renovation of the chapel. Students, graduates, faculty, staff and board members took an active part in the organization of official R500 events. UETS contributed to the drafting of a resolution by the Evangelical churches of Ukraine.