HLT is a government-approved college that offers studies in theology, religion and leadership. All our programs qualify for support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.
Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology (HLT) as it is today was founded in 2008. The school builds on and continues the Norwegian Baptist Theological Seminar (BTS) providing theological education since 1910. The school had at the time approval as college with teaching and examination rights at bachelor level. Kai Tore Bakke was the last principal at BTS, and was also the first principal of HLT. Today the school is a modern and growing institution with a increasing number of students.
The school is owned and operated jointly by the Norwegian Baptist Union and Filadelfia Church Oslo on behalf of the Pentecostal movement in Norway. Together we carry with us a Free Church heritage marked by spiritual power, mission, volunteerism and responsibility to society. At HLT we are not two different denominations, but a group of people, rooted in the Commission that wants to serve God in the world we live in. We want to equip people for church and society. People that in a positive way can build viable communities around them. Therefore we can say that we from the start has been characterized by the love of Christ and the dream of the unified people of God.
HLT have grown strongly since its foundation in 2008 and offers several one year programs in addition to a B.A. in theology and leadership. The school is located a long the shores of the Oslofjord at Stabekk, just outside Oslo. (In the academic year of 2020/21 the school will be located in the center of Oslo)
As of March 4th 2016 the school have 280 students.