Encountering God

Cultivating Leaders

Transforming Communities

God is living and active in the world near and far. In academically rigorous classes, we study the work God is already doing, challenging students to imagine what God will do through them and their peers. As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ.

We are preparing visionary leaders who bring clarity and direction to their ministries, leaders who dwell in the realm of possibility, choosing to enact what can be instead of settling for what is. Internships are one of the many avenues for students to learn and practice their leadership.

We shape and partner with communities in new, profound, and prophetic ways. We boldly proclaim the Gospel and actively seek God's justice in the church and the world. Campus life includes regular worship, fellowship opportunities, and community meals. Beyond the campus, students unite their education with society's most pressing issues.

thinking of enrolling at Columbia?

Each student at Columbia Seminary is a gift to the community with his or her own God-given talents. While many are from the southeastern United States, others are drawn from all corners of the world. Politically and theologically, they represent a diverse spectrum of viewpoints. All of our students share one essential characteristic: God has called each one to faithful discipleship and leadership in Christ’s Church.

thinking  of enrolling at Columbia?

open quoteColumbia is a place that trains students, equips them, not just to become pastors, but more so, globally connected leaders. You couldn’t make a better choice. end quote

John Azuma
Professor of World Christianity and Islam; Director of International Programs

Columbia Events

Apr 09
Leadership in Ministry: Lynchburg A Session I

04/09/2018 - 04/11/2018

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the first of two...

Apr 12
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

04/12/2018 - 04/15/2018

Begin your intentional spiritual journey with us.  Register now for

Apr 16
Leadership in Ministry: Lynchburg B Session I

04/16/2018 - 04/18/2018

A Pastoral Excellence Program

This is the first of two...

Apr 19
“I have room for a second life”: Journeying by Heart with the Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

04/19/2018 - 04/22/2018

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Mark Burrows invites us to

Apr 26
Come See Columbia Day 2018


This year’s Come See Columbia Day is April 26, 2018. ...

full calendar
The Seven Days of Retirement: Is It Really All It's Cracked Up To Be?
“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”
Columbia Seminary Receives Major Lilly Grant for Thriving in Ministry Initiative
The Classroom and the Table

NEW conference! JUST WORSHIP! Come explore how worship embodies and shapes us for justice. @austinseminary…

Characteristics of Effective Learning Groups
Our Witness to Christian Love: A Call to the PC(USA)
Growing Through Mission
The "C" Word

We Are More Alike than We Know

10 Perennial Principles About Learning
Do You Have the Moves?