Columbia Seminary Receives Wabash Grant for “Exercising Our Faith” Project

Columbia Seminary Receives Wabash Grant for “Exercising Our Faith” Project

January 20, 2018—Columbia Theological Seminary announced the award of a small project grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion for a new effort called “Exercising Our Faith: Moving Towards Greater Health and Wholeness.” The…

Columbia Seminary Receives Major Lilly Grant for Thriving in Ministry Initiative

December 22, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary was awarded a grant of $1 million to expand the Pastoral Excellence Programs offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative.The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations…

Center for Lifelong Learning Provides Online Certificate for Elders

November 18, 2017—The Presbytery of Wabash Valley based in Rochester, IN recently completed its first course as part of a new effort to provide online education for leaders in local churches. A new Ruling Elder Certificate Program was created by…

Atlanta Area Seminary Builds Relationships in Korea

November 15, 2017—Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary, and Dr. Kevin Park, Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies, are visiting Presbyterian seminaries, universities, and churches in South Korea during November 6-16. Drs. Van Dyk and Park will…

New Chief Enrollment Management Officer for Columbia Theological Seminary

November 7, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary announced today the hiring of a new Chief Enrollment Management Officer. Starting January 2018, the Rev. Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario will lead the institution’s admissions and financial aid efforts.

Belonni-Rosario has a proven record of effectiveness in…

A Prayer for Houston

By President Leanne Van Dyk.

Everlasting God, in this time of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we offer our prayers for all of the people of Houston and those in the pathway of the storm.

We are mindful of the…

Reflections Following Election 2016

Columbia Responds to Charlottesville and Racism

It started with a statement on racism from President Leanne Van Dyk:

“In the summer of 1964, three Freedom Riders were killed by the KKK in Mississippi. Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are martyrs for the cause of…

Love the Stranger at our Gates 

By Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President 

Some Bible texts are difficult to understand and baffling to interpret. When Jesus spoke to his disciples in parables, they often scratched their heads in puzzlement. But the dozens of Bible texts about strangers…

Love the Stranger

Columbia Seminary Faculty Contribute to “American Values, Religious Voices”

January 27, 2017—Three faculty from Columbia Theological Seminary will participate in a new initiative called “American Values, Religious Voices.” The project has been described as: a national nonpartisan campaign that brings together 100 scholars from a diverse range of religious traditions…

American Values, Religious Voices

Columbia Recognized Among “Seminaries that Change the World”

September 29, 2016—Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as one of the Seminaries that Change the World, Class of 2016-17 by The Center for Faith and Service. Each year, Seminaries that Change the World…

Student Coordinating Council

Charge to the Graduates of 2016

Charge to the Graduates, May 14, 2016 By Leanne Van Dyk, President

It is the long tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary for the president to send out the class of graduates with a series of charges from the words of…

Calvin Theological Seminary Names Columbia President Leanne Van Dyk Distinguished Alumna

March 8, 2016—The Board of Trustees and the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary recently invited Columbia Theological Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk to attend their Commencement this year to receive that seminary’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Just less than a year…

Columbia Joins “Appeal” for Change in Tone of U.S. Politics

December 12, 2015—In response to the dangerous political rhetoric circulating from various campaigns, the media, and other sources, Dr. T. Erskine Clarke, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary as well as editor and publisher at the “Journal for Preachers” issued…

Inauguration Sermon: Welcome One Another

Given by Leanne Van Dyk upon her inauguration as the tenth president of Columbia Theological Seminary on October 28, 2015. Full text previously published at Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership online magazine.

Based on Romans 15:7; 16:1-16.

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