Educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world.

Come and See!

Columbia Theological Seminary is an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Located in Decatur, Georgia, just east of the city of Atlanta, Columbia offers seven  graduate degree programs and dozens of lifelong learning courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people.

Come and see what God is doing to prepare and nurture pastors and educators and youth ministers; chaplains in hospitals, in the military, in schools/colleges/universities; teachers, counselors, caregivers, missionaries, evangelists, community leaders, and leaders in congregations and the church at large for the proclamation of the reign of Christ on earth as it is in heaven.


Who We Are

Columbia Theological Seminary is a community with a commitment of "educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world." God has called the Church to participate in God's global work of creation, reconciliation, compassion and justice. In the years ahead, God's Church needs...

  • faithful disciples who live consistently with focus and integrity,
  • anchored influencers who can serve stable and growing faith communities,
  • imaginative energizers who can ignite congregations that need to be revitalized to engage opportunities and build sustainable ministries,
  • resilient shepherds who can pastor the long-time faithful and those who are new to the church, and
  • spiritual pioneers who can plant new faith communities with entrepreneurial skill.

These are descriptions of leaders, people who are faithful, imaginative and effective in their influence of others for the sake of the Church and the world. God's Church needs leaders of character, wisdom, imagination and courage—who think theologically and critically, engage culturally and globally, act pastorally and compassionately, speak prophetically and insightfully, and guide wisely and skillfully. It is our mission to nurture and educate leaders like this.

At Columbia we develop leaders in a holistic manner. In addition to classroom and field experience, students are nurtured, challenged, and ultimately formed by mentoring relationships, engagement in community life, participation in community worship, and other spiritual disciplines and experiences. As a result, Columbia produces skilled leaders who are also mature disciples and lifelong learners.