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Alumni & Alumnae

Impact 4D Leadership Conference

Date: 4/30/2015 - 9/15/2015

On September 15-16, 2015, this conference will connect you directly with community catalysts, thought leaders, administrators and others dedicated to the future of our communities and the people we serve. Together, we are a sphere of influence at the ready to make positive changes. All we need is the plan, the road map and the courage to press on to our destination of making a difference in our community. For more information, please visit:

Clothes Closet Summer Hours

Date: 5/21/2015 - 8/31/2015

The Clothes Closet is a ministry for missionaries and members of the CTS community located at 235 Inman Drive. We have been receiving several large donations, so come shop! Our summer hours are as follows:

  • Monday 10-12
  • Wednesday 10-12
  • Thursday 1-6
  • Friday 10-12
  • Saturday 11-1

Alternatives to Violence (AVP) Workshops

Date: 8/22/2015 - 8/23/2015
Time: 9:30 am

On Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23  at 9:30am-5:30pm, AVP-ATL will host Alternatives to Violence workshops at Columbia Theological Seminary. Learn how to respond nonviolently to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to violent behavior. Learn proven strategies and methods for implementing nonviolent alternatives in your life. This is a two day workshop where participants learn via interactive exercises, games and role-plays new ways to find alternatives to violence. Lunch is provided. Open to all. Suggested donation is $20.00. (No one excluded due to lack of funds)

On  the Web: Facebook at “AVP Atlanta” and

By Phone: Call Heather at 315-263-1502.

To Register: Email Heather at  

Sharol Hayner at Decatur Book Festival

Date: 9/6/2015
Time: 1:15 pm

Sharol Hayner will speak at the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Sunday, September 6 at 1:15 pm in the Marriott Conference Center Auditorium. She will talk about her new book Joy in the Journey: Finding Abundance in the Shadow of Death (InterVarsity Press) co-authored with Steve Hayner, her husband and former president of Columbia Theological Seminary. Detail here.

Inauguration of President Leanne Van Dyk

Date: 10/28/2015
Time: 10:30 am

Columbia Theological Seminary has set the date for the inauguration of its tenth president. Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk was appointed by the Board of Trustees last April, and officially began work on July 1. She previously served as Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.

Click here for the original announcement.

The inauguration service will be held on Wednesday, October 28 starting 10:30 am at the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 S. Columbia Drive in Decatur near Atlanta, GA.

“I deeply value and want to build on the rich tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary in its training of local pastors in a residential setting. I also want us to reach boldly for new training opportunities, utilizing people and systems already in place here to do more in the way of online learning.” said Dr. Van Dyk in a statement. “This is not just learning at a distance. Truly diverse communities can be developed for actual ministry in the real world!”

Dr. Van Dyk currently serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). She is editor and contributor for A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005) which is a valued text for courses in theology and worship, and an aid to worship leaders and all Christian believers who desire greater theological depth in their worship experience.