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 quoteMy classes, my professors, my peers, and my internship pushed me and helped me to grow in so many ways. As I leave here I feel prepared in so many ways I did not even expect or anticipate. end quote

Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum
MDiv 2017

Columbia Events

Feb 28
J.B. Green Inaugural Address


All are invited to attend the inauguration of Dr. Martha...

Mar 06
2018 Kathleen O’ Connor Lectures

03/06/2018 - 03/07/2018

Distinguished scholar Dr. Gale A. Yee will present the 2018...

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...

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Lunar New Year for All Ages
Unraveling Wicked Problems
New Colloquy Announced for Rural Churches and for Latino/a Clergy
The Classroom and the Table

J. B. Green Papers on Display in Advance of Inaugural Address

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

RT @APCENET: Why You Need a Christian Education Leadership Team in Your Congregation - from Columbia Seminary

10 Perennial Principles About Learning
Do You Have the Moves?