SEU Bayside Campus

Bradenton, FL

Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida partners with Bayside Community Church to host an instructional site on the church campus. Southeastern University offers excellent college education for an affordable price. With regional accreditation, Southeastern University is well established and proud to offer students opportunities to discover their divine design. SEU Bayside Campus also offers dual enrollment to give local high school students the opportunity to get a jumpstart on college course work. 

Day Program

Earn an associate or bachelor’s degree through face-to-face instruction paired with online course work. Click below to get more information on degree programs or to apply. When applying, be sure to select “SEU Bayside Campus” in the site dropdown.

Evening Program

Designed for working adults, our evening courses are eight weeks long and consist of two face-to-face courses per week. Click below to get more information on degree programs or to apply. When applying, be sure to select “SEU Bayside Campus” in the site dropdown.

Dual Enrollment

Get a jumpstart on your college studies while still in high school through our eight-week, on-campus dual enrollment courses. Click below and choose “SEU Bayside Campus” to get started.


Connect with Us

For information about our day, evening and dual enrollment programs, please contact:

Kayla Anderson, Admission Counselor
kdanderson@seu.edu | 941.538.4278

Nell Prince, Academic Director
niprince@seu.edu | 941.755.8600 ext. 314

Eric Palmu, Campus Director
ejpalmu@seu.edu | 941.755.8600 ex 267

SEU Bayside Campus
15800 State Rd. 64 E. | Bradenton, Florida 34212

New Worship Ministry Degrees Coming Fall 2017

Beginning in the fall of 2017, SEU Bayside Campus will be offering two new degree programs, the Associate of Worship Ministries and the Bachelor of Science in Worship Ministries. These degree programs will combine both instrumental and vocal development courses with theology and ministerial courses.


Master of Divinity Program

Planting churches has always been a critical part of the church’s mission, and there is a critical need to train up leaders who can continue to answer the call to bring the Gospel to new communities and people. The Association of Related Churches (ARC) and Southeastern University have joined together to develop a master’s degree program designed for those with a God-given vision to plant churches or be part of church planting leadership. Southeastern’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree features a concentration in church planting, available exclusively at SEU Bayside Campus. The majority of the courses will be taught on-campus two nights per week. Students will hear from world-class ministry leaders, learn and demonstrate collaborative problem-solving skills and multi-disciplinary concepts, and complete a thesis focused on church planting at the conclusion of the program.

World-Class Training in Church Planting

Designed to be completed in three years, the MDiv with a concentration in church planting includes a total of 72 credit hours. The program brings together some of the country’s top church planting leaders to teach several of the sessions. Speakers include the following:

Pastor Randy Bezet

Lead pastor of Bayside Community Church, home to Bayside College of Ministry.

Pastor Bezet’s church plant began in 2001 and has now become a multicampus church, serving over 7,000 worshippers in five separate communities.

Dr. Alan Ehler

Dean of SEU’s Barnett College of Ministry & Theology, Dr. Ehler brings an academic excellence to this program that is second to none.

Dr. Ehler is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has served as a district presbyter, church coach and consultant among many other roles.

Pastor Dino Rizzo

Executive director of ARC and Associate Pastor at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham.

Pastor Rizzo is a co-founder of ARC, which has successfully planted hundreds of churches around the country.

Pastor Greg Surratt

Founding pastor of Seacoast Church, president of Seacoast’s School of Worship and president of ARC.

Seacoast Church was one of the first churches to pioneer the multi-site approach to the weekend experience.

Pastor Chris Hodges

Founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands; executive director of the Highlands College School of Ministry.

Church of the Highlands has campuses across the state of Alabama. Pastor Hodges is a co-founder of ARC, and he also founded a pastor's coaching network called GROW.

Pastor Rick Bezet

Founder and lead pastor of New Life Church, a multicampus church serving 11 Arkansas church communities.

Pastor Bezet is one of the founding directors of ARC and also helps lead Relate, a coaching association for pastors.

Program Details

Total credit hours — 72
Cost per credit hour — $495
Estimated total tuition cost — $35,640

When applying, be sure to select “SEU Bayside Campus” in the site dropdown on the application.

Sample Courses

Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration
Systematic Theology I and II
Pentecostal Theology
Managing Change and Conflict
Foundations of Counseling

Church Plant U Contact

Eric Palmu
Campus Director
941.755.8600 x 267