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  2. 2. Dubuque Pittsburgh Auburn Princeton 10 +2 McCormick Louisville Union-PSCE San Francisco Columbia J.C. Smith Austin SEPR Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Austin, Texas Ten. That’s the number of seminaries we have in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Columbia Theological Seminary Decatur, Georgia to educate and equip persons of faith for pastoral leadership . . . plus two theological institutions University of Dubuque Theological Seminary related to the denomination by covenant agreement. Dubuque, Iowa How do our seminaries do it? They provide a solid biblical Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary foundation, historical perspective, and understanding of Louisville, Kentucky Reformed theology – not to mention a Christian environment where spiritual formation can happen. In the classroom, in McCormick Theological Seminary Chicago, Illinois faculty and peer conversations, on site in local congrega- tions, and through online coursework, tomorrow’s pastors Pittsburgh Theological Seminary learn how to lead worship, preach, teach, pray, and provide Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pastoral care. Princeton Theological Seminary While 85% of our seminary graduates go into parish Princeton, New Jersey ministry, those who feel called to serve the church as San Francisco Theological Seminary missionaries, Christian educators, chaplains, musicians, San Anselmo and Pasadena, California pastoral counselors, youth leaders, and more receive the educational foundation they need as well. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary Atlanta, Georgia Our seminaries also provide continuing education for clergy and lay leaders. They offer coursework leading to various Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian doctoral degrees. And they serve as centers of research and School of Christian Education Richmond, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina consultation, working with congregations and presbyteries on issues and concerns of the church. In covenant with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Auburn Theological Seminary New York, New York Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
  3. 3. 2 Together, Our Seminaries . . . 3 Together, Our Churches . . . 4 Seminaries at a Glance 6 Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary 8 Columbia Theological Seminary 10 University of Dubuque Theological Seminary 12 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary contents 14 McCormick Theological Seminary 16 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary 18 Princeton Theological Seminary 20 San Francisco Theological Seminary 22 Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary 24 Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education 26 Auburn Theological Seminary 28 Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico 30 Funding Presbyterian Seminaries The Committee on Theological Education is honored to produce this new resource on behalf of and in partnership with our Presbyterian seminaries. Ours is a ministry collaboration that, at its best, serves the church. “Seminaries and churches together . . . for generations to come . . .” is more than a logo and slogan; it is our hope and prayer as we outline, on behalf of the PC(USA), the more expansive view of theological education that we believe the triune God is calling us toward. It is a view of theological education, of church leadership, and vocational discernment that takes into account the people and places, the minds and the hearts of Presbyterians in and related to seminaries in a variety of ways. Each of our seminaries is a unique gift offered to the church for you and all. Enjoy getting to know them for the first time or again in their ever Reformed and reforming character. Please visit our website,, and the websites of the various seminaries for additional information. 1
  4. 4. ..forgenerationstocome... For centuries, we Presbyterians have prided ourselves on an educated cler- gy. To continue this tradition of excellence, we have entrusted ten Presbyte- rian Church (U.S.A.) seminaries, and two theological institutions related to the denomination by covenant agreement, with providing the educational foundation church leaders need to be able to preach, teach, pray, and lead. With the help of congregations nationwide, our Presbyterian seminaries are “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). Together, our seminaries . . . • Offer coursework leading to the Master of Divinity, or MDiv degree, and other master’s degrees to prepare women and men to be pastors, educators, chaplains, therapists, spiritual directors, musicians, and other church professionals • Offer doctorate-level programs leading to the PhD, Doctor of Ministry, and other doctoral degrees • Prepare men and women for a global, mulitcultural ministry context, whether they serve in a rural, urban, suburban, small-town, or international setting • Assist presbyteries in educating commissioned lay pastors to serve congregations that do not have the resources but need regular pastoral leadership • Provide continuing education for clergy and lay leaders • Serve as centers of research, theological discourse, and reflection for the benefit of the church at large • Work with congregations, presbyteries, and other educational institutions as consultants and advisors on issues and concerns of the church • Facilitate the discernment process by reaching out to youth and others who may be called to ministry 2
  5. 5. Together, our churches . . . • Nurture the baptismal vocation of the children of God in their care • Identify the gifts of some of those who are called to ministry of the Word and Sacrament • Staff presbytery Committees on Ministry and Commitees on Preparation for Ministry to assist inquirers and candidates • Empower ministry candidates at Presbyterian seminaries through generous gifts to the Theological Education Fund (TEF), a project of the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) • Mentor pastoral interns and residents and first call pastors as they continue to grow and mature • Encourage pastors and church leaders to stay engaged as lifelong learners • Elect elders and ministers to serve on the COTE, a liaison between the PC(USA) and theological schools • Embrace the ministry given to them utilizing the best of what theological education has to offer • Welcome seminary faculty and staff into the life of congregations for the short and the long term • Become involved with the TEF Seminary Support Network by distributing resources and celebrating Theological Education Emphasis Sunday, the third Sunday in September 3
  6. 6. Seminary Location Students/Faculty Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Austin, Texas Students: 255 page 6 Founded 1902 Faculty: 25 seminariesataglance Columbia Theological Seminary page 8 Decatur, Georgia Founded 1828 Students: 413 Faculty: 28 University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Dubuque, Iowa Students: 148 page 10 Founded 1852 Faculty: 16 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Louisville, Kentucky Students: 206 page 12 Founded 1852 Faculty: 23 McCormick Theological Seminary Chicago, Illinois Students: 273 page 14 Founded 1829 Faculty: 21 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Students: 318 page 16 Founded 1794 Faculty: 24 Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton, New Jersey Students: 640 page 18 Founded 1812 Faculty: 52 full-time 13 adjunct San Francisco Theological Seminary San Anselmo/Pasadena, California Students: 428 page 20 Founded 1871 Faculty: 23 Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary Atlanta, Georgia Students: 21 page 22 Founded 1867 Seminarians are educated through resources of the Interdenominational Theological Center, of which Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is the PC(USA) constituent. ITC enrollment: 572. ITC provides 20 of 26 faculty positions at the seminary. Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian Richmond, Virginia/ Students: 344 School of Christian Education Charlotte, North Carolina Faculty: 33 page 24 Founded 1812 Auburn Theological Seminary New York, New York Students: 40 page 26 Founded 1818 Through Auburn’s program for Presbyterian students at Union Theological Seminary, Presbyterian students experience the unique benefits of ministerial formation in New York City, coupled with Auburn’s distinctive Presbyterian and Reformed perspective. Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Students: 188 4 page 28 Founded 1919 Faculty: 8 full-time 15 part-time
  7. 7. Degrees Offered Joint Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Social Work with the University of Texas Master of Arts (Theological Studies) at Austin Doctor of Ministry Master of Divinity Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Urban Policy Studies with Georgia State Master of Arts in Theological Studies University Master of Theology Doctor of Ministry Doctor of Educational Ministry Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Care and Counseling Master of Divinity: Residential and Distance Education 3/3 Program (BA/MDiv) Master of Arts in Religion 3/2 Program (BA/MAR) Doctor of Ministry Master of Divinity Dual competency degrees in Law, Business, Education, Marriage and Family Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Therapy, Social Work, and Spirituality with neighboring universities Master of Arts (Religion) Master of Theology Doctor of Ministry Master of Divinity Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work with the University of Chicago and with Doctor of Ministry Loyola University; ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching; Ecumenical Doctor of Master of Theological Studies Ministry with Hyde Park seminaries Master of Divinity Dual professional degrees in Social Work, Law, and Public Policy in conjunction Master of Arts with local universities Master of Sacred Theology Doctor of Ministry Master of Divinity Dual-degree program (MDiv/MA); Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work with Master of Arts in Christian Education Rutgers University Master of Arts in Theological Studies Master of Theology Doctor of Philosophy Master of Divinity Master of Arts with the Graduate Theological Union Master of Arts in Theological Studies Master of Arts/Master of Divinity with the Graduate Theological Union Doctor of Ministry Doctor of Philosophy with the Graduate Theological Union D. Min. with emphases in Pastoral Care and Doctor of Theology with the Graduate Theological Union Counseling, Spiritual Direction, Urban Ministry, and Spiritual Leadership Master of Arts in Christian Education Master of Divinity/Master of Public Health with Morehouse School of Medicine Master of Arts in Church Music Master of Divinity Doctor of Ministry Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Care and Counseling Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Christian Education Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Christian Education Master of Theology Doctor of Philosophy Certificate for Presbyterian students graduating from Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Education, granted by New York Union Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary Certificates of Completion awarded for certain programs Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Religion 5 Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care for Families
  8. 8. Austin, Texas Founded 1902 Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary 255 Students* 25 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Doctor of Ministry Joint Degrees Offered Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Social Work with the University of Texas at Austin Special Programs Houston Extension Program The College of Pastoral Leaders Partnerships Enrollment agreements with the Seminary of the Southwest and Austin Graduate School of Theology Debrecen Reformed Theological University in Debrecen, Hungary Justo Mwale Theological College in Lusaka, Zambia The University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch, South Africa * Enrollment figures are based on 2008 data from the Association of Theological Schools. 100 E. 27th Street • Austin, TX 78705 • 800.241.1085 • 6
  9. 9. For the glory of God and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a seminary in the Presbyterian-Reformed tradition whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership; to employ its resources in the service of the church; to promote and engage in critical theological thought and research; and to be a winsome and exemplary community of God’s people. B efore coming to Austin Seminary, Scott The Faculty Wipperman worked in the fast-paced world The two dozen Christian scholars who make up our of financial planning. “The whole time I was faculty integrate into their own daily lives a spirit talking about retirement with people, I was always a of devotion to the mission of God’s church in the bit conflicted: Am I really getting them to put their trust world. This dedication is evident both in and outside in the wrong place?” the classroom; in a typical year, these scholars/ pastors will preach and teach in more than five Scott began to feel God nudging him a little at a time, hundred settings around the country. through church involvement and through feedback he got after giving a presentation at a Presbyterian The Students Cursillo conference. He wondered, “Is God calling me The top three areas in which our students felt stronger to be a pastor?” He had never considered that question as a result of their seminary education are trust in God, before, but says looking back on his life, he saw things self-knowledge, and respect for their own religious that “all of a sudden weren’t quite so random events. traditions. There was a thread running through these things.” The Location As a student, Scott was most surprised about the Home to one of the nation’s largest universities as supportive ethos at Austin Seminary. “To come into well as the seat of state government, Austin is a an environment where people are truly interested in welcoming community whose cultural diversity and your success . . . I’ve been amazed how students pull tolerant attitude make it easy to fit in. As the self- together, at how the professors take the time and proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin energy to help someone who is having trouble,” is considered one of the nation’s top creative cities and he says. one of the best cities for relocating families. In stark contrast to his frenetic stock-brokering days, Fun Facts Scott found solace serving as the chapel “beadle,” For more than fifty years Austin Seminary’s faculty, preparing the elements of worship or carrying the students, and staff have challenged their colleagues processional cross, learning first-hand about the at Seminary of the Southwest in a football game liturgical aspects of worship. called the Polity Bowl. Presbyterian Polity has reigned for several years, but with our quarterback’s imminent Today, as a pastor in Salt Lake City, Scott is more graduation, we’re on the lookout for her replacement! confident about the nature of the message he has to offer—and grateful to the place that nurtured him. 7
  10. 10. Decatur, Georgia Founded 1828 Columbia Theological Seminary 413 Students 28 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Theological Studies Master of Theology Doctor of Ministry Doctor of Educational Ministry Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Care and Counseling Joint Degrees Offered Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Urban Policy Studies, a dual degree program with Georgia State University. Special Programs Evening/weekend Master of Divinity classes Center for Lifelong Learning, offering courses and other educational opportunities for church professionals and lay leaders Mission Columbia Theological Seminary is an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the church of Jesus Christ. Partnerships Cross-registration and library privileges at Atlanta-area universities 701 Columbia Drive • Decatur, GA 30030 • 877.548.2817 • 8
  11. 11. Columbia Theological Seminary is an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is a community focused on theological inquiry and ministry formation in the service of the church of Jesus Christ. Its mission is to educate women and men for leadership in ordained and lay ministries through graduate degree and continuing education programs. In addition, the seminary strives to provide theological resources for the denomination, the ecumenical church, and persons with a variety of theological concerns. B efore seminary, I served for thirteen years as when my friend Michael Morgan, Columbia’s seminary music director in a medium-size church. It was musician, invited me to play at Central Presbyterian this ministry that shaped my faith and brought Church in Atlanta. Right after a beautiful service of me and my family to Atlanta, to a culture far removed traditional and contemporary music, God clubbed from my mountain home. me over the head with a 2-by-4. Well, not literally a 2-by-4, but rather, the unexpected generosity of a All my life, it seems I’ve been torn between cultures. couple in that church, who felt led by God to offer me, As a defensive lineman on my high school football a complete stranger, their grand piano, which had team, five minutes before halftime I would change been their wedding gift to each other years before. into my drum major outfit to lead the marching band. As a jazz musician, I defended backbeat and bebop It was a gift so precious and so complex that I am still to my classically trained college piano professor. unable to comprehend what it really means. But this I’ve defended my military service to pacifist friends, gift helped me accept who I am: a musician, a student explained my liberal tendencies to conservative of theology, but above all, a child of God, shaped and friends, and insisted to traditional friends that the molded by God, for God’s purposes. The professors engagement of contemporary culture is necessary and at Columbia have helped continue this process, critical to the formation of Christian faith. When I left challenging me to expand my understanding of God’s Colorado for seminary, I thought I could finally choose mysterious plan for us all. God wants not just that one path, one culture. I would study to be a pastor, and little part that thinks about theology, or that preaches, if that meant giving up music—something I had done or that reads the Bible, or that goes to church on professionally for twenty-four years—I could do that. Sunday. God wants every bit of us, including those parts that hope, fail, cry, laugh, sing, shout, despair, As a symbolic, grand gesture of turning my back on rage, regret, and even play jazz piano. music, I donated my baby grand piano to my church. God took something that I felt strongly I should However, at Columbia, I was encouraged to reexamine abandon, and put it back in front of me, saying, “David, this binary choice between music and ministry. By I gave this to you, so who are you to throw it away?” participating in chapel worship services, I began to see how I might be able to quote Calvin and Chris Rice, At Columbia, God surrounded me with a community that Ignatius and Isaac Watts, and not be corrupted. cares enough to kick me out of my comfort zone, while giving me a safe place to make the journey to ministry. However, I didn’t really begin to integrate my musical and theological selves until one Sunday —David Hawkins, MDiv, 2009 9
  12. 12. Dubuque, Iowa Founded 1852 University of Dubuque Theological Seminary 148 Students 16 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity: Residential and Distance Education Master of Arts in Religion Doctor of Ministry Joint Degrees Offered 3/3 Program (BA/MDiv) 3/2 Program (BA/MAR) Special Programs Distance Education Commissioned Lay Pastor Training Native American Program Continuing Education Program Partnerships Wartburg Theological Seminary Native American Theological Education Consortium 2000 University Avenue • Dubuque, IA 52001 • 800.369.UDTS • 10
  13. 13. The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its purpose is to advance the mission and ministry of the church of Jesus Christ by preparing women and men for faithful, compassionate, and effective pastoral and lay ministry in congregations. The seminary seeks to live as an academy of the church and a community of Christians reflecting the glory of the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. G I od calls people from all walks of life. In 2001, have felt called into ministry since I was in middle I began to discern God’s call to ministry from school. Along the way, however, life happened and my profession as a mechanic. I tried to ignore seminary was placed on the back burner. I went it. After a few years of hearing affirmations, such to college, got married, and started a family. My as, “When are going to become a youth pastor?” my husband, Cory, went to seminary and is now a pastor handed me a stack of seminary brochures, chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves. including one from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS). In the fall of 2006, at the age of twenty-eight, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the face of a Though I was hesitant, my wife, Kim, and I attended life-changing illness, I felt my sense of call deepen, an Exploring a Call to Ministry weekend at UDTS. The and there was a sense of urgency to complete my conference affirmed my call to ministry and left no degree and start a formal ministry. Since Cory and I doubt that Dubuque was the place for me. were not able to afford to attend seminary at the same time, I began to research ways of attending part time I had not earned a bachelor’s degree, but the or online. University of Dubuque offered a 3/3 program that allowed me to save a year of study by combining I found an article on the PC(USA) Web site discussing undergraduate and seminary programs. the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary distance education programs and announcing the Dubuque is a diverse, welcoming community: neighbors new Distance Education MDiv program. It has been help neighbors . . . women and men build friendships a perfect match. I have been able to attend seminary that last a lifetime . . . faculty, staff, and students break while working full time as well as being a full- bread together . . . children play and grow with joy. time mom—all without having to leave our home church and supportive community! When my husband The courses at UDTS are challenging, rooted in the transitions to active duty, no matter where we are Christian tradition, and practical. Professors with stationed, I will be able to continue my education and extensive pastoral experience routinely relate their pursue my call. academic disciplines to the realities of ministry. —Ellen Germain, MDiv candidate Students are given opportunities to serve churches in a supervised environment while taking classes. I have been equipped with the theological foundation and tools for ministry and given the support to go forward with confidence! God is at work at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. I have been truly blessed by the opportunity to learn and serve in such an institution. —Jeffrey Spencer, MDiv, 2009 11
  14. 14. Louisville, Kentucky Founded 1852 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 206 Students 23 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Master of Arts (Religion) Master of Theology Doctor of Ministry Joint Degrees Offered Dual competency degrees in Law, Business, Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, and Spirituality with neighboring universities Special Programs Field Education Program Pastoral Care and Counseling Travel Seminars Partnerships The Louisville Institute Recognized to train AME, CME, AME Zion, United Methodist clergy The $200,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion with the University of Louisville Metroversity, TEAM-A, two constortiums of universities, colleges, seminaries permitting cross-registration 1044 Alta Vista Road • Louisville, KY 40205 • 800.264.1839 • 12
  15. 15. Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is called by God through the church to educate men and women to participate in the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. Louisville Seminary offers theological education that is grounded in the history and Scripture of the Christian movement, informed by the Presbyterian and Reformed traditions, and guided by the vision of an ecumenical church that is committed to ministry in a global, multicultural, and religiously diverse context, and to religious leadership that is competent in the practices of Christian ministry. At Louisville Seminary, students are strongly encouraged to seek field experiences in diverse settings—unfamiliar places that are counter to their upbringing. Master of Divinity degree students are required to take four semesters of field education, and all students are expected to immerse themselves in placements that stretch, challenge, and expand preconceived notions of ministry and service. During her first year at LPTS, Sandra Moon As a Marriage and Family Therapy student, Lacey (MDiv/JD) did her field education at a men’s medium- Kilchenman strengthened her clinical experience at a security prison and gained a general perspective treatment facility, where she was “able to stretch my about prison chaplaincy and the challenges that exist therapeutic toolbox and learn more expressive ways within that system. “My experience there brought my to treat patients with acute needs.” She worked with theology to life as I worked with incarcerated men who children and adolescents by utilizing play therapy. had to confront forgiveness and reconciliation, and “As a creative person, I enjoyed involving the arts accept God’s grace and love in a way very different in a therapeutic setting. I also participated in a from people I previously worked with. Through field multidisciplinary experience, working with doctors, education, my faith and theology were challenged, social workers, nurses, mental health workers, and strengthened, and nurtured in remarkable ways. It was activity therapists who helped me explore how to one of the most valuable learning experiences in my best care for patients,” she said. entire seminary career, and it will undoubtedly shape my future ministry,” she said. “As I considered a field education placement, I recognized that there was a gap in my training,” said MDiv student Katrina Pekich-Bundy served a suburban MDiv student Jonathan Jones, who explained he had congregation, where the ministers and the congregation little experience working with the fastest growing provided space to explore social justice ministries demographic in the U.S., older adults. “My assignment within the church. “At the time, the church had an at a local retirement community helped me learn about interim pastor, which helped me to understand the the daily lives of an important group of people, who process of searching for a pastor,” Katrina said. “The will be an integral part of serving as a pastor. My field experience helped me to discern my calling to serve education placement was a blessing and a privilege. in ordained ministry in an inner city church dealing I was transformed by the experience.” directly with social justice issues.” 13
  16. 16. Chicago, Illinois Founded 1829 McCormick Theological Seminary 273 Students 21 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Doctor of Ministry Master of Theological Studies Joint Degrees Offered Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work with the University of Chicago and with Loyola University Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry with Catholic Theological Union and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Special Programs Urban Ministry Partnerships Association of Chicago Theological Schools, a consortium of Chicago seminaries permitting cross-registration Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Chicago Center for Global Ministries 5460 S. University Avenue • Chicago, IL 60615 • 800.228.4687 • 14
  17. 17. Actively engaged in a diverse world, McCormick Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that educates women and men for service in Christian ministry and faithful leadership in God’s world. McCormick offers a program of study that builds on and contributes to the Reformed tradition and engages students in commitment to God and renewal of the global church. The seminary desires to create a community where academic excellence, critical reflection, and faithful witness are commonly valued and actively pursued. It provides settings where persons and communities are transformed in faithfulness to God and biblical tradition. It shapes visions for ministries in urban locations and integrates cross-cultural and ecumenical learning into classrooms and communities. In all it does, McCormick Theological Seminary supports congregations and governing bodies in developing Christian ministry in a changing, broken, and fearful world. I ncoming students often cite a desire to be pushed could help others both explore the intricacies of racial outside of their comfort zones as the primary identity and think critically about the multilayered reason for choosing McCormick for their theological contexts in which they live. education. That’s what brought Anna Kendig, a Minneapolis native raised in a large, predominantly Perhaps even more important was a model for what white congregation, to the seminary’s campus on the she calls “a riskier, more authentic way to be church.” South Side of Chicago. “The class was an experience of opening up an issue “I knew that my context, though it was nurturing in a very deep and personal way with a diverse group and affirming, is not everyone’s context,” Anna said. of colleagues and ultimately recognizing how critical it “Seeing the deeper needs and realities of the church is to be able to do that in our own places of ministry.” required a degree of growth and personal encounter with the world outside of my own limited experiences.” As Anna considers life after McCormick, she is excited about the prospect of working in the area of church The crux of Anna’s spiritual formation at McCormick revitalization, applying the pastoral skills she has was her work in a course entitled “Racial Identity honed in the classroom, in her field site work, and in a and White Privilege.” The course was developed as seminary community living and worshipping together. both a natural extension of the seminary’s missional commitments and as a response to the PC(USA)’s “Nobody wants to be uncomfortable, but we all want charge to integrate anti-racism training into seminary community. That’s a contradiction we all face, and at curricula. its best I see church as a model for how people can love one another through the tension and discomfort For Anna, the course provided a framework for of our differences. But that kind of love and that kind understanding her own identity as a multiracial of church don’t just happen with good intentions. person and gave her the ability to find in other people It’s deeper than that and requires intentionality and threads of commonality across profoundly different negotiation across our differences. It’s hard work, but theologies, social locations, and cultural backgrounds. it’s the work to which God has called me.” She was able to develop a vocabulary with which she 15
  18. 18. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Founded 1794 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary 318 Students 24 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts Master of Sacred Theology Doctor of Ministry Joint Degrees Offered Dual professional degrees in Social Work, Law, and Public Policy in conjunction with local universities Certificate Programs Christian Leadership Commissioned Lay Pastor Pneuma, Spiritual Direction and Leadership World Christian Discipleship Special Programs Metro-Urban Institute Summer Youth Institute World Mission Initiative Center for Business, Religion and Public Life Kelso Bible Lands Museum and Biblical Archaeology 616 N. Highland Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15206 • 800.451.4194 • 16
  19. 19. On a dynamic and challenging global stage, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary plays its part in God’s redemption of the world through Jesus Christ by preparing leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed! W hile most think of Pittsburgh Theological Matt’s connection to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Seminary as a school for the preparation of continues in another significant way: his wife, Bethany, pastors, some who study there are destined is now a student at the seminary. Matt and Bethany met for different callings. Matt Harbaugh participated in during their college years, when they both volunteered the Seminary’s Summer Youth Institute in 2002. SYI as leaders of an after-school children’s program at a provides a Christian community challenging youth to local church. Teaching the Bible to elementary children grow in faith and to gain a deeper understanding of the grew into a joint love of ministry for children and youth. gospel and its implications for today’s world. For two At their current church, they teach a junior high Sunday weeks each July, high school scholars from across the school class together as well as share their faith with United States study the Bible with Pittsburgh Seminary the senior highs at youth group. They plan to continue faculty, shadow local pastors, engage in mission with working together in ministry. Although still considering the community, and worship, reflect, and pray daily. The her options, Bethany plans to pursue parish ministry. program reflects Pittsburgh’s commitment to raising up a new generation of leadership for the Church. The Harbaughs are a great example of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s emphasis on bridging the “I wanted to be involved in church leadership and Word and the world. Matt and Bethany both appreciate incorporate medicine into a ministry of some kind,” said Pittsburgh’s focus on missions. “It is extremely Matt. “I saw SYI as an opportunity for me to explore important to me to share the message of Jesus Christ church leadership and network with seminary students with others, and I appreciate that Pittsburgh Seminary as well as other young people with similar interests.” helps to provide opportunities for mission through Now a college graduate, he is a medical student at the cross-cultural trips,” said Bethany. The Harbaughs are University of Pittsburgh. Although he did not feel that remaining open to a possible call to the mission field in theological education was his calling, he plans to be order to use their gifts of ministry and medicine inside continually involved in church leadership and ministry and outside of Pittsburgh. for years to come. 17
  20. 20. Princeton, New Jersey Founded 1812 Princeton Theological Seminary 640 Students 52 Full-Time Faculty 13 Adjunct Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Christian Education Master of Arts in Theological Studies Master of Theology Doctor of Philosophy Dual Degrees Offered MDiv/MA Joint Degrees Offered Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work with Rutgers University Partnerships National Capital Semester for Seminarians Inter-institutional arrangements with Princeton University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and New Brunswick Theological Seminary P.O. Box 821 • Princeton, NJ 08542 • 800.622.6767 • 18
  21. 21. Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy. It seeks to equip them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena. As a professional and graduate school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the seminary stands within the Reformed tradition. It affirms the sovereignty of the triune God over all creation, the gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s saving word for all people, the renewing power of the word and Spirit in all of life, and the unity of Christ’s servant church throughout the world. This tradition shapes the instruction, research, practical training, and continuing education provided by the seminary, as well as the theological scholarship it promotes. I n preparing for ministry in the church of Jesus that there is a limit to the knowledge one can acquire Christ, Princeton Seminary’s Master of Divinity from books or holy texts. A deeper understanding of Islam students have the opportunity to take courses in comes through personal interaction with Muslims. different religions and to study in other cultures. Deanna Ferree Womack, who is the daughter of a “During the trip, I began to see Oman as a poten- Princeton Seminary alumnus, is now in Lebanon tial bridge between the Islamic world and the West teaching religious education classes and serving as because it raises a voice of moderation against Islamic a chaplain with the Secondary Evangelical School extremism. When I refer to Oman as an environment administered by the National Evangelical (Presbyterian) of “moderate” Islam, I do not mean it is a Muslim Synod of Lebanon and Syria. Here is her story in her country that has become Westernized. Although own words: Oman has achieved much technological and economic development and has embraced aspects of Western “My journey began at the end of the spring culture, it remains a highly religious country. The vast semester of my senior year when I learned of a majority of its citizens are Muslim. PTS seminar on Christian-Muslim relations in the Sultanate of Oman. Only two days after graduating “The Omanis we met were welcoming and interested from Princeton Seminary, I set off for the capital city in our lives as Americans, and they made a point to of Muscat along with five other PTS students. condemn terrorism. They also expressed concern that We were met there by the Reverend Michael the Western world has misunderstood the character Bos, director of the Reformed Church of America’s of Islam. Visiting a country of such openness and Al-Amana Center, and PTS professor Richard Young. moderation reminded me of the need to listen more closely to Muslims around the world whose sincere “My classmates and I focused on three major faith leads them to denounce religious extremism. areas of study: Islam, the history of Muslim-Christian relations, and theology of religions. All are areas that “Christian-Muslim dialogue involves give-and-take one must consider when engaging in Muslim-Christian from both sides. It requires both parties’ genuine dialogue, and this became apparent in our class interest in learning from the other and openness sessions with Michael Bos and in lectures given by to new experiences. As for us, we will be able Muslims and Christians living around Muscat. We to share our experiences in Oman with our own learned to recognize the diversity within the Muslim congregations and to emphasize the importance of community and to examine the relationship between engaging with Muslims in our own communities in the religion of Islam and Islamic culture. We also found the United States.” 19
  22. 22. San Anselmo/Pasadena, California Founded 1871 San Francisco Theological Seminary 428 Students 23 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Theological Studies Doctor of Ministry D. Min. with emphases in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Spiritual Direction, Urban Ministry, and Spiritual Leadership Joint Degrees Offered Master of Arts Master of Arts/Master of Divinity Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Theology (All joint degrees are offered in conjunction with the Graduate Theological Union.) Special Programs Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction Diploma in Spiritual Formation Studies Certificate in Ministry Studies (Lay Pastor Training) Program in Christian Spirituality The Lloyd Center for Pastoral Counseling Partnerships Founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States, located in Berkeley, California 105 Seminary Road • San Anselmo, CA 94960 • 800.447.8820 • 20 54 N. Oakland Avenue • Pasadena, CA 91101 • 800.473.8772
  23. 23. San Francisco Theological Seminary prepares leaders for the church of Jesus Christ sent by the Holy Spirit in God’s mission to the world. We are scholars and servants of the church devoted to biblical interpretation and theological education in the Reformed tradition within an ecumenical context. We are committed to the education of students in spiritual formation, critical theological reflection, and the skills and arts of ministry, to serve in congregations, the wider church, the classroom, and the public sphere. K nown as Kobie to friends and classmates, the Kobie began to feel God’s call to ministry while in senior at SFTS’ Southern California campus high school, and she earned a BA in theology and a has been profoundly shaped by her childhood Master’s degree in Greek. But she put God’s call on experiences. hold, realizing that although the church had opened ordination for women a year earlier, there was no real One reason Kobie’s faith is rich is that she grew up prospect for a call. Patriarchy, just as segregation, was poor. One reason she fights for inclusion is that she still very much alive in the Dutch Reformed Church. had to experience apartheid in South Africa. Kobie and her husband came to the U.S. in 2001. Despite times when she went to bed hungry, Kobie When her husband received a call to serve Brentwood has always felt God’s presence in her life thanks to Presbyterian Church, she enrolled at SFTS so she her grandmother. Kobie learned from her grandmother could answer God’s call to ministry at long last. She to pray, to forgive, and to see God in the small things. appreciates the Presbyterian Church’s history of From an early age, Kobie learned that Christ is women’s ordination and social justice work, especially revealed to people just like her: the poor, the the fight that helped end apartheid in South Africa, ostracized, and the outcast. The church was the and the opportunity to attend SFTS while also working one place she could feel Christ’s love even though her and raising her family. family was from “the wrong side of the tracks.” “What an adventure the SFTS experience has been! Yet, she discovered that the church that welcomed her Seminary turned out to be more than academic with open arms did not welcome everyone. She was knowledge and ministry skills. Every night students taught that apartheid was good and beneficial for all, from diverse cultural backgrounds come together to but she felt something was not right. form the unique community that is SFTS. We learn by what is taught in class but also by the dynamic “The realization that I lived in an unjust world came community formed by the diverse student body. piece by piece,” Kobie recalls. “I began to question One of our professors calls it the ‘unintentional everything I was taught was real and true. It would curriculum’: learning from one another. Reflecting shake my very trust in the church and its members.” back on my time spent at SFTS, I can joyfully share that it has been a blessed time of learning, She remembers riding home from school on a bus, discovering, discerning, spiritual growth, and experi- when some children would shout insults to the encing community uniquely.” Africans walking next to the road. “Growing up poor I had also received such hateful insults, so I identified with the people walking down the road. Everything screamed in me that this must be wrong.” 21
  24. 24. Atlanta, Georgia Founded 1867 Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary 21 students 26 full-time faculty (20 from Interdenominational Theological Center) Degrees Offered Master of Arts in Christian Education Master of Arts in Church Music Master of Divinity Doctor of Ministry Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Care and Counseling Joint Degrees Offered Master of Divinity/Master of Public Health with Morehouse School of Medicine Special Programs Recruitment Conference for African American Presbyterian Youth Biblical Studies Club, including travel seminars Internship opportunities Mission study tours, domestic and international Partnerships Member of Interdenominational Theological Center Educating clergy in Africa, with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and other Presbyterian denominations in Africa The Henry Highland Garnett Presbyterian Campus Ministry Program, Atlanta University Center, with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW • Atlanta, GA 30314 • 404.527.7781 • 22
  25. 25. The mission of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is to serve God revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. The seminary’s particular calling is to prepare leadership for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) out of the African American heritage and membership of our denomination. Seminarians are educated through the resources of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), a consortium of six historically black Protestant seminaries, of which Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is the PC (USA) constituent. ITC enrollment: 572. ITC provides 20 of 26 faculty positions at the seminary. V ital organizations become so because of the “We need clergy persons who are equally well trained involvement of dedicated individuals. Often in exegeting Scripture and identifying community those individuals are themselves beneficiaries resources. Pioneering leaders do not merely look of the organization’s mission. Johnson C. Smith to the larger church or the local collection plate to Theological Seminary lives today because it has underwrite ministry. . . . Rather, they are individuals served well for 142 years and because those who who accept the incarnational witness of the gospel benefited from that service have returned to and who seek to nurture disciples who will change support the seminary. Robert M. Burkins, a graduate the world.” of the seminary and pastor of the Elmwood United Presbyterian Church in East Orange, NJ, is a prime In this paradigm the community’s investment in the example of the seminary’s best gifts to the church. mission is just as important as the congregation’s In his ministry the seminary’s mission becomes investment in the health of the community. reality. Now Pastor Burkins’ vision is driving the seminary forward. Speaking of his experience in seminary, Rev. Burkins recalls a more limited approach: “We were prepared As chair of the seminary trustees, Rev. Burkins is as leaders with a somewhat bifurcated vocation: on leading the implementation of a new business plan. the one hand, to nurture the ethnocentric faith of the Informing that process is his proposed vision around congregation, and on the other, to care for and serve which the future ministry will be built. The vision, the community. . . . We need new paradigms . . . that “Preparing Pioneering Leaders,” will lead the school would develop pioneering leaders. . . . These leaders into a new paradigm for ministry and a new approach must be entrepreneurial; like Jesus they will be able to theological education. to go into their communities and ‘turn the water into wine.’ They must be pioneering leaders who have the Rev. Burkins explains: “Much of the current interpre- ability to identify the resources within a community tation of theology has de-emphasized the importance and create partnerships for change and development. of developing pioneering leaders (i.e., disciples). In fact, most churches place greater emphasis on church “The missional church requires leaders who have growth than in being faithful to discerning the will of the capacity to understand their context and develop God for our life together. congregations in which pastors are not the sole decision makers. Rather, as pastors we must “Johnson C. Smith’s obligation is to nurture students understand that we are called to make disciples and who will become pioneering leaders who understand those disciples are, by definition, leaders. In preparing that the benediction . . . must be just as powerful as pioneering leaders for the missional church, I believe the opening of the church doors for prayer, praise, and that Johnson C. Smith can internalize and externalize preaching the Word. resurrection experience in its students and graduates.” 23
  26. 26. Richmond, Virginia/Charlotte, North Carolina Founded 1812 Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education 344 Students 33 Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Christian Education Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Christian Education Master of Theology Doctor of Philosophy Special Programs Project Burning Bush, for high school students exploring vocation and the call to ministry Kindling Weekend, for college students interested in learning more about MDiv and MACE degree programs Institute for Reformed Theology Asian American Ministry and Mission Center Partnerships Union-PSCE at Charlotte, an extension program in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Queens University of Charlotte Washington Theological Consortium, a consortium of 10 theological institutions in Virginia and the Washington DC metro region Rehoboth Project, a collaboration with 10 presbyteries for pastoral education and renewal The Blaze, a Montreat gathering for leaders in youth ministry, co-sponsored by Montreat Conference Center 3401 Brook Road • Richmond, VA 23227 • 800.229.2990 • 24 Queens University of Charlotte • 1900 Selwyn Avenue • Charlotte, NC 28274 • 704.337.2450 •
  27. 27. Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education equips Christian leaders for ministry in the world – a sacred vocation that requires deep learning, commitment to service, and an ability to read culture and circumstance in the light of the rich resources of Scripture and theological tradition. The seminary’s core mission is to participate in the mission of the church by forming and equipping leaders for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. F rom its beginning as the Faculty of Theology but outward, signifying the school’s mission to the at Hampden-Sydney College in 1812, Union world. The beginnings of the ATS lie in a 1907 request Theological Seminary (UTS) sustained the from a young Annie Wilson to attend lectures at the intention of its founders to provide education for male-only seminary in preparation for her appointment Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, as a foreign missions worker. In the 1950s the school’s and engaged with contemporary life. In 1898 tennis courts were among the handful in Richmond UTS moved from Hampden-Sydney to Richmond, where future Wimbledon champion Arthur Ashe, an Virginia, and in 1914 the seminary was instrumental African American, was allowed to practice as a boy. in establishing the Assembly’s Training School And in 1968 PSCE opened its campus and dorms to (ATS) for Lay Workers, renamed the Presbyterian marchers traveling to Washington to begin the Poor School of Christian Education in 1959. In 1997 People’s Campaign. Today, student-faculty Service the two institutions united, creating Union-PSCE, Days and Disaster Relief mission trips continue this a theological school dedicated to serving the commitment to serve others in the name of Christ. Presbyterian Church and the church worldwide. In 2002 Union-PSCE at Charlotte was established on Many find the faculty’s commitment to the community the campus of Queens University in Charlotte, North and to students particularly inspiring. “Some of the Carolina. Reflecting changes in culture and labor most formative aspects of my seminary education dynamics, this campus offers weekend classes for at Union-PSCE have been conversations and collabo- commuting students who are unable to move to rations with faculty members,” says Jenny McDevitt, Richmond or to commit to full-time study. For those an MDiv/MACE dual degree student. “I have been who are farther removed, the Extended Campus encouraged to pursue topics about which I am deeply Program provides a means for degree study beyond passionate, and have been challenged to engage the campus. topics I would have preferred to avoid. As a result, I am better prepared to participate in the life of the church “One of my favorite things about Union-PSCE is the not only with enthusiasm, but also with integrity and a wonderful people who make up our community,” says deep sense of responsibility.” Lindy Vogado, an MDiv student from South Carolina. “From the diverse student body to the very accessible That same sense of responsibility is what Brint Keyes, a faculty and staff, the interactions that I’ve had with ThM student, finds exciting. “President (Brian) Blount’s others on this campus have truly formed my education vision for the school as an active member of the and shaped my sense of calling.” local community is unlike any that I’ve ever seen at a seminary. He not only preaches about the inbreaking The Union-PSCE campus is rich with markers of its reign of God, but has outlined plans for the seminary historical commitment to preparing men and women to be part of that reign here in Richmond. His vision of to lead the Church in its mission in the world. While mixed-use housing and a sliding-scale medical clinic the main quad is modeled on Jefferson’s “academical shows a real and practical commitment to ‘practicing community” at the University of Virginia, the entrances what we preach.’ ” to the buildings surrounding the quad face not inward, 25
  28. 28. New York, New York Founded 1818 Auburn Theological Seminary In covenant with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 40 students Auburn provides Presbyterian students enrolled at Union Theological Seminary in New York City with targeted academic planning for those pursuing ordination, workshops on topics current in the PC(USA), seminary courses in Presbyterian polity and Reformed worship, support in relating to Committees on Preparation for Ministry, and assistance in field placement in New York City-area congregations. Degrees Offered Certificate for Presbyterian students graduating from Union Theological Seminary, New York Certificates of Completion awarded for certain programs Continuing education units available Joint Degrees Offered Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Education, granted by New York Theological Seminary Special Programs Program for Presbyterians at Union Research on Theological Education Clergy Coaching Media Training for Religious Leaders Multifaith Education Partnerships Union Theological Seminary, New York The Riverside Church, The Brick Church, and other congregations that co-sponsor Auburn programs 3041 Broadway • New York, NY 10027 • 212.662.4315 • 26
  29. 29. In its unique urban ministry setting, Auburn works to create a Presbyterian experience for students at Union Theological Seminary, New York, preparing for ministry in the PC(USA). As a non-degree-granting institution, Auburn welcomes several thousand participants each year – educators, clergy and lay leaders, teens and an interested public – who deepen their skills and broaden their vision through educational programs. “M y faith and love of Jesus Christ are congregations to relate the good news of the gospel at the center of all I do,” says Kellie to real personal and societal issues. “There is a Anderson-Picallo, who recently completed dearth of responsible voices in the religious media. the Program for Presbyterian Students at Auburn Often what we hear is narrow, doesn’t speak for all Theological Seminary while graduating with her Master Christians, and leaves many, many faithful people of Divinity from Union Seminary in New York City. feeling like they’re on the sidelines. Hopefully, my pastoral skills, my experience as a producer, The wife, mother of two young children, and former and my respect for multifaith perspectives can television producer says the past few years have widen this conversation and offer a more balanced been a time of tremendous change and spiritual perspective to people who want to follow and serve awakening. Suddenly ministry and theology have Christ in the world.” become her passions! Sensing God’s call to leave a successful career in media to serve the church, Kellie Auburn has partnered with Kellie and her fellow wanted to study theology, grow in her Christian faith, Presbyterians at Union every step on their journey and prepare for leadership in the PC(USA) in an of preparation for ministry. “Seminary isn’t easy. To energized, diverse urban setting. “New York is where absorb, battle, deconstruct, and challenge the faith I’m supposed to be,” says the third-generation foundation that you thought held you together is Presbyterian who came to Manhattan and seminary exhausting. I’ve had to walk away from everything I from Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. believe – the cross, Jesus, and even the sacraments – “I decided to attend Union because of its long- to have them all come back as my own.” Three things standing tradition of academic excellence and because have helped Kellie build a more solid faith foundation the support Auburn Seminary provides every as she prepares for service to the Presbyterian Church: Presbyterian student at Union made this my best Auburn courses on Reformed worship and polity option for an ecumenical, urban, and Presbyterian that grounded her in her theological tradition; an seminary experience.” advanced Union seminar on John Calvin, which included a deep engagement with the Institutes of A candidate for ordination in the PC(USA), Kellie the Christian Religion; and the ongoing practical believes that God is calling her to be a pastor support Auburn provides Presbyterian students serving a local congregation. She’d also like to use throughout the ordination process. her experience in media to challenge and equip her 27
  30. 30. San Juan, Puerto Rico Founded 1919 Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico In covenant with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 188 Students 8 Full-Time Faculty 15 Part-Time Faculty Degrees Offered Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Religion Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care for Families Certificate in Theology Special Programs Certificate Program in Theology for church lay leaders, with specializations in Missions and Christian Education Continuing Education Partnerships United Methodist Church of Puerto Rico Christian Church, Disciples of Christ Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico United Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico Lutheran Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico 776 Ponce de Leon Avenue • San Juan, Puerto Rico 00925 • 787.763.6700 • 28
  31. 31. The Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico’s primary purpose is the training of pastoral and lay leaders for service in the ministry and the mission of God’s people in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States of America. As an ecumenical center for theological education, it represents five Protestant denominations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), by covenant agreement. This relationship retains a margin of autonomy essential to creative theological work, faithfulness to biblical revelation, and a relevance to the contemporary world. S itting under a lamppost in a dusty street in the as one said, “with the heart placed in the church and Indian province of Punjab, 10-year-old Megh the heartbeat in the streets.” The seminary stresses Goyal imagined a world beyond the poverty, the contextualization of traditional disciplines to hunger, and violence surrounding him. Trying to imitate attend to both the needs of local churches and to the the beauty of the masterful poetry at hand, he wrote: social reality that churches are called to engage in Lord, have I had wings order to transform. The curriculum includes courses I would fly away . . . such as Ministry with Disabled Persons, Legal Aspects In order to teach others of Pastoral Ministry, Human Sexuality and the Church, and The Church’s Response to Addictions. The study Twenty-three years later, Megh began putting his of Bible, theology, and Christian history is enhanced dream into action when he flew to Puerto Rico, after by the deliberate inclusion of global voices, with an doing graduate work in the United States, to teach emphasis on the contributions of Latin American, others as a young scholar in the field of agricultural Caribbean, and Hispanic scholars. engineering. An avid and curious learner, Megh found a Christian community and enrolled in a course for lay As the first Spanish-language theological institution pastors offered by the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto accredited by the Association of Theological Rico. The course opened his mind to new vistas of Schools of the United States and Canada and the how Christian ministry can be empowered by creative, only Protestant Spanish-language institution to critical, and careful biblical interpretation. Through have that accreditation, the seminary attracts this class, Megh understood that there was a space students from around the world. The seminary is for him at the seminary. “In the faculty that taught preparing to graduate a group of commissioned these courses, I could not only see people who were lay pastors who are forming new congregations well-versed in their respective disciplines, but also among Asian, African, Pakistani, and Latin American people who modeled a way of living that was a immigrant communities in the United States. faithful expression of their call to ministry,” Megh said. With this conviction, he entered the Master of As an engineering professor, Megh teaches ways to Divinity program even as he was learning to pronounce improve the effectiveness of cultivation because he and understand the Spanish language. is convinced this effort will ultimately alleviate starvation. He also pastors a congregation using the Like Megh, many others have joined this community tools he learned at the seminary, convinced, as he of learners where the Christian call is discerned and once said, that “the field is ready for the harvest.” where dreams of what is possible within the world are Megh is realizing the daydream of his poem. “In my forged. Whether they are second-career professionals Christian teaching,” he said, “the force of my reason like Megh or recent college graduates, students come, follows the yearnings of my heart.” 29
  32. 32. fundingpresbyterianseminaries Q Howseminaries operate on tuition, contributions, grants, endowments,(U.S.A.)?annual contribution Our is theological education funded in the Presbyterian Church and an from the PC(USA)’s Theological Education Fund (TEF). Q What isisthefund comprised of monies contributed by Presbyterian congregations on an annual basis. The TEF a TEF? It is the only source of denomination-wide funding for PC(USA) seminaries. Q How congregation is asked to maketo contributiontheologicalits local operating budget (all monies Each are Presbyterians expected help fund a of 1% of education? expended for current operations of congregations as reported in the General Assembly Minutes, Statistical Reports, Part II, line 25) to the TEF each year. Q Why do we need to fund seminaries on a denomination-wide basis when they already raise funds on their own? The monies our seminaries raise are not enough to cover expenses and to offer scholarships. Perhaps more important, our schools should be able to count on denomination-wide support to do the work we Presbyterians are asking of them — educating leaders who can preach, teach, and pray in the Reformed tradition. A 1%-per-year gift to the TEF is considered a congregation’s proportionate share of educating church leaders. Q Given that our the goal, your session canare tight, how can we contribute to the TEF? modest Though 1% is congregation’s finances designate less. Some churches begin with a contribution and increase their giving each year until they reach the full 1%. Q One percent seems like aa nominal amount. Can givegivemuch as you can. Absolutely! One percent is not a limit. Feel free to we as more? Q HowCommitteemonies distributed among(COTE)Presbyterian seminaries? elected by the General The are TEF on Theological Education the — with thirteen members Assembly plus a representative from each seminary — makes the allocations each year according to a formula developed by the COTE. The formula provides each school with a fair share of the funds, based on such factors as number of degrees granted and number of Presbyterian students. Q Do all seminaries related to the PC(USA) receive TEFthrough the TEF. The TEF is intended to All of our seminaries, except Auburn, receive funding monies each year? support theological institutions offering degree programs that prepare women and men for professional ministry. Auburn’s focus is research and nondegree educational programs. Q How does ourthe TEF in yourmake a contributionsession’s annual budget planning process. Just include congregation congregation and to the TEF? Your session will then prepare a check and accompanying paperwork, both clearly marked “Theological Education Fund, account #TE999999,” and submit them through the regular channel that your church uses when sending funds for General Assembly causes. Q How can we get more information about the TEF and other ways to support theological education? Visit 30
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  34. 34. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary San Francisco Theological Seminary 100 E. 27th Street San Anselmo Campus Austin, TX 78705 105 Seminary Road 800.241.1085 San Anselmo, CA 94960 800.447.8820 Columbia Theological Seminary 701 Columbia Drive Pasadena Campus Decatur, GA 30030 54 N. Oakland Avenue 877.548.2817 Pasadena, CA 91101 800.473.8772 contactus University of Dubuque Theological Seminary 2000 University Avenue Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary Dubuque, IA 52001 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW 800.369.UDTS Atlanta, GA 30314 404.527.7781 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 1044 Alta Vista Road Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian Louisville, KY 40205 School of Christian Education 800.264.1839 Richmond Campus 3401 Brook Road Richmond, VA 23227 McCormick Theological Seminary 800.229.2990 5460 S. University Avenue Chicago, IL 60615 800.228.4687 Charlotte Campus Queens University of Charlotte 1900 Selwyn Avenue Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Charlotte, NC 28274 616 N. Highland Avenue 704.337.2450 Pittsburgh, PA 15206 800.451.4194 Auburn Theological Seminary 3041 Broadway Princeton Theological Seminary New York, NY 10027 P.O. Box 821 212.662.4315 Princeton, NJ 08542 800.622.6767 Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico 776 Ponce de Leon Avenue San Juan, Puerto Rico 00925 787.763.6700 32
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