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Encyclopedia > Columbia Theological Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary is one of the ten official Presbyterian Church (USA) seminaries. It is located in Decatur, Georgia. Educational institutions run by the Presbyterian Church (USA) which are geared primarily towards the training of ministers. ... Decatur is a city located in DeKalb County, Georgia. ...



Columbia Theological Seminary was founded in 1828 in Lexington, Georgia, by several Presbyterian ministers. In 1830, it moved to Columbia, South Carolina. The seminary moved to its current location in Decatur, Georgia, in 1928. During the presidency of J. McDowell Richards (1932 to 1971), the seminary experienced much growth. In 2000, Dr. Laura Mendenhall was sworn in as the eighth president. 1828 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Lexington is a city located in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... Nickname: The Capital of Southern Hospitality, The Metro Location in Richland County, South Carolina Country United States State South Carolina Counties Richland and Lexington Mayor Bob Coble (D) Area    - City 346. ...

As of 2005, the seminary enrolled 500 students representing 40 states and 20 countries, as well as 40 denominations. The faculty consists of 36 women and men, with various denominations and theological approaches represented.

A recent article in Christianity Today stated that Columbia has the third largest endowement of all seminaries in the United States, following only Princeton Theological Seminary and Candler School of Theology at Emory. Christianity Today is an Evangelical Christian periodical based in Carol Stream, Illinois. ... The steeple of Alexander Hall Princeton Theological Seminary is a theological seminary located in Princeton Township, New Jersey in the United States. ... One of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church, the Candler School of Theology is one of the nine academic divisions of Emory University. ...

Columbia Seminary has a special focus on life-long learning, including the Lay Institute of Faith and Life, which offers classes to lay people as well as a three-year accreditation program.

Basic Degree Programs

Master of Divinity is a common degree among theological seminaries and is considered the minimum academic requirement for ordination into pastoral ministry. ... North America The Master of Theology (Th. ...

Advanced Degree Programs

  • Doctor of Educational Ministry - advanced Christian Education training (D.Ed.Min).

A Masters degree which is typically earned after one has already completed a Master of Divinity or a Master of Theological Studies. ... The Doctor of Ministry degree is a professional doctorate in some area of applied theology, such as missions, evangelism, church growth, homiletics, or spiritual formation. ... Doctor of Theology (in Latin Theologiae Doctor) is a terminal academic degree in theology. ...

Important figures associated with the seminary

  • James Henley Thornwell, (1812-1862) professor of theology post-1855; president of South Carolina College, leader in organizing the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States.
  • Erskine Clarke, current Professor of American Religious History and acclaimed writer nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Charles Colcock Jones, Sr., professor (1835-38, 1847-50), patriarch of the family chronicled in Children of Pride (1972) and Erskine Clarke's Dwelling Place (2005)
  • Joseph R. Wilson, father of Woodrow Wilson, faculty member following the Civil War.
  • Peter Marshall, graduate.
  • D. James Kennedy, graduate.
  • Shirley Guthrie, Emeritus Professor of Theology, student of Karl Barth.
  • Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament Professor Emeritus, theologian and writer.
  • Alan Bancroft, Future Moderator of the General Assembly, Blogger.
  • Barbara Brown Taylor, former Adjunct Professor of Christian spirituality, and famous Episcopal priest and writer.
  • John H. Leith, graduate.

James Henley Thornwell (December 9, 1812 - August 1, 1862) was an American Presbyterian preacher and religious writer. ... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ... Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. ... Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... D. James Kennedy, Ph. ... Karl Barth (May 10, 1886–December 10, 1968) (pronounced Bart) was an influential Swiss Reformed Christian theologian. ... Walter Brueggemann (b. ... Note: Judaism commonly uses the term Tanakh. ... The word episcopal is derived from the Greek επίσκοπος, transliterated epískopos, which literally means overseer; the word, however, is used in religious contexts to refer to a bishop. ... John Haddon Leith (September 10, 1919 - August 13, 2002) was an important Presbyterian theologian and ordained minister who was the Pemberton Professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Virginia from 1959 to 1990. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
New Georgia Encyclopedia: Columbia Theological Seminary (751 words)
Columbia Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian school located in Decatur, has provided theological education and spiritual instruction in the Reformed theology of Calvinism to thousands of ministers, missionaries, teachers, and laypeople.
Columbia Theological Seminary is one of ten seminaries owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA).
The seminary was founded in Lexington in 1828 and moved to Columbia, South Carolina, in 1830.
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