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.

Columbia holds PIM events periodically in Atlanta and in other cities in the southeast. These events are free, one-hour luncheons and are generally held at partner churches.

Two Reasons Why This One Hour Lunch Will Be a Blessing:

You will hear student stories of transformation and appreciation. Some examples from previous events:


You will meet and hear from Leanne Van Dyk, Columbia Seminary’s 10th President 

Dr. Van Dyk will share her vision of the seminary.  Her vision is one that addresses current concerns of the church, alumni and students and is also aspirational regarding the future partnerships of the seminary and local congregations.


You are welcome wherever you are in your connection with Columbia Seminary.  Your attendance is the most important thing.

Every Partner in Ministry event has attendees who are “new” to the seminary. Many guests come to PIM events because their pastor graduated from CTS or perhaps their Director of Education attended Columbia Seminary and he or she has been important in their Sunday School experience. These guests often know very little about Columbia Seminary. We love these opportunities to give people an opportunity to come and hear about us.

Every Partner in Ministry event has individuals who have attended previous PIM’s and they return to hear about the seminary and the students again. Some made gift commitments at the last event and will do so at the event they are looking to come to.

Every Partner in Ministry event will have donors who have been involved in a deeper dive into the mission of the seminary and will have made significant gifts to support that mission.

The bottom line is—whether you are a “Seeker” or a “Supporter” there will be others just like you and all are welcome.

If you are committed to your local congregation, understand the importance of theological education in church and the world, have been connected with anyone from Columbia Theological Seminary (pastor, director of education, student, simply read about the Seminary in your church bulletin) AND you have one hour in your schedule the week of a Partner in Ministry— come and join with us!

Lunch is on us.

We hope you will take this opportunity to make or renew a commitment to support the mission of Columbia Seminary.  Regardless, we invite you to join us to from hear from our students and President Van Dyk!

If you are feeling inspired by how God is at work at Columbia Seminary and want to take the next step to support our Partners in Ministry program, please consider being a Table Host.

As a Table Host, you invite seven people to join you at a table at a PIM event. We rely heavily on Table Hosts to help us spread the word of Columbia’s mission. When Table Hosts bring guests to a PIM event, they facilitate the opportunity their guests to learn, first-hand, about CTS, a seminary committed to transforming communities and engaging the world as imaginative and resilient leaders and disciples of Christ.

We have two PIM events happening in Spring 2019.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 12-1 pm
South Highland Presbyterian Church
2035 Highland Ave S.
Birmingham, Alabama 35205

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 12-1 pm
Riverside Presbyterian Church
849 Park Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

If you will be near one of these events, we would love to have you join us!

For information about Partners in Ministry events, please contact Heidi Gleason, Director of Annual Giving, at 404-687-4588 or