Closer View

Leadership is a central theme of what we do every year, but this year feels particularly so. In addition to to appointing a new Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Love Sechrest, we also appointed Dr. Kathy Dawson and Dr. Martha Moore-Keish to named faculty chairs.

We are excited to announce that Macedonian Ministry – a ministry organization that is dedicated to pastoral formation and sustainability – has now located their offices and staff on our campus. With a proven track record of pastoral discernment and encouragement, they will provide a pilot program for both recent graduates and current students. Look for more information on this partnership in the future.

Another terrific opportunity for continuing education is the Alumni Reunion (Homecoming’19) scheduled for February 4-6, 2019. In addition to the robust schedule for Homecoming ’19, Alumni are encouraged to stay for an international conference on “Migration and Border Crossings” being held February 5-7. This conference is open to all readers of this newsletter who care about the issue and want to hear from a truly remarkable set of speakers and thinkers on this critical issue.

To further support clergy leadership development, The Center for Lifelong Learning has expanded opportunities for clergy, with many leadership and skill building courses for laity, as well.

Be sure and look at the statistics on our newest entering class, the resources available to help you preach and teach during Advent, and your opportunity to support Columbia Seminary on #GivingTuesday (November 27), all listed below.

Thank you for your support as we continue to engage in the formation of pastoral leaders—lay and clergy, serving in varying settings, with a wide range of ages and experience, and for your leadership in your own communities. We are grateful to partner with you.


Dr. Leanne Van Dyk



Register now! Homecoming ’19 Scheduled Feb. 4-6

This year’s event will include worship, lectures and workshops by CTS faculty and alumni, and also – for the first time in many years – will include the Smyth lectures. We are excited to welcome Dr. Frank Thomas, Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, as our 2018 Smyth lecturer. This event will be jam-packed with opportunities for you learn, reflect and reconnect with your CTS community. Learn more and register here.


CTS Sets Goals for November 27 International Day of Giving

Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has been the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. A way to fight consumerism and commercialization, Giving Tuesday has become a breath of fresh air, and for many donors last year, Giving Tuesday was a way to give to Columbia Seminary. Learn more about our #GivingTuesday drive here.


A Look at Our Incoming Students

The new students are in, and so are the demographics for our most recent class. Admissions provided us with some great numbers so we made some graphs. Click here for a deeper look at our 2018 incoming class!


Migrations and Border Crossings Conference Brings World Thought-Leaders to Columbia Seminary Campus

The conference will bring together theologians, legal scholars, artists and leaders of faith communities to explore the causes, processes and effects of global migration. It will feature keynote addresses by former Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Emilie Townes, as well as several plenary addresses and workshops that will offer insights and tools for addressing immigration related issues. Learn more here.


Advent Resources are Available Now

New this year, we created a webinar with Rodger Nishioka and Kelly Fitzgerald. You can watch it now, along with faculty lectionary videos. Children’s Illustrated Ministry downloadable resources also available. Find them here.


Partners in Ministry

Partners in Ministry (PIM) events are your opportunity to hear why Columbia Theological Seminary is a leader in theological education and formation of church leadership. Lunch is on us! Are we’re coming to a church near you? We’d love to have you join us!