Columbia Recognized Among “Seminaries that Change the World”

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 identifies a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. Columbia Theological Seminary’s recognition as a one of the Seminaries that Change the World reflects its ongoing work to connect faith and justice in the classroom, in campus organizations, and through contextual education opportunities.

“Here at Columbia Theological Seminary, we believe that encountering God compels us into the deep work of transformation,” said President Leanne Van Dyk. “That kind of deep work includes our passionate commitment to justice for all people in the world so loved by God.”

“It is no surprise that Columbia Theological Seminary has been identified as a seminary that changes the world,” said Brandon T. Maxwell, Dean of Students. “In my brief time here, I have encountered a community of faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about God, justice, and turning the world right-side-up for Christ. This is an unsurprising affirmation of Columbia’s ever-increasing commitment to prepare imaginative and resilient leaders for God’s changing world.”

Among many opportunities for all students, Columbia Theological Seminary has two distinct degree programs designed to integrate faith and service—a Master of Arts in Practical Theology in Christian Leadership and a DMin in Gospel and Culture. Students at Columbia Seminary are encouraged through required field education and volunteer student clubs to partner with a variety of local organizations that are making a difference for DeKalb County Juvenile Justice to Global Growers immigrant & refugee garden projects, from Black Lives Matter local efforts to the Atlanta Food Bank, and many more.

The list of Seminaries that Change the World is published by The Center for Faith and Service, an organization that works to help seminaries, service programs, denominations and local congregations connect faith with service and social justice work. Reflecting on this year’s list of Seminaries that Change the World, Wayne Meisel, Executive Director of The Center for Faith and Service, remarked: “Anyone seeking to change the world ought to at least consider seminary or divinity school as an option to grow personally in one’s faith and to inspire, sustain and deepen his or her commitment to neighbor, community, country and the world. Through their commitment to collaborate, this diverse group of schools named on this year’s list of Seminaries that Change the World embody the best of faithful and justice seeking communities.”

For more information about Seminaries that Change the World, or Columbia Theological Seminary’s unique programs, courses, and scholarships, visit

About Columbia Theological Seminary:

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” 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. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit

About The Center for Faith and Service:

Based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, The Center for Faith and Service works to develop new programs and identify existing resources that support the church to be present and relevant in the lives of young adults. Through a variety of initiatives, including Seminaries that Change the World, The Center partners with seminaries, summer camps, colleges, youth corps, denominations and local congregations to create programs and resources that help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.


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