President Aloyo and students
Columbia's 11th President
A Note from President Aloyo
Over the course of this year, the Columbia community has renewed our commitment to ensure that Columbia Theological Seminary is a place of welcome, hospitality, justice, and belonging where those who are answering God’s call can flourish in faith and hope. Through the collaboration of students, faculty, and staff at forums and on commissions and task forces, we have made a huge step forward as we move closer to the beginning of our third century.
Together, we have developed a Strategic Blueprint that lays out the path forward for Columbia. This Blueprint articulates our core values and how we will continue to bring to life the Seminary’s critical mission of inspiring and challenging every student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.
In May the Board of Trustees unanimously approved this Blueprint as the document that will guide this institution over the next few years. Now, we roll up our sleeves and get to work implementing it.
I look forward to sharing our progress with you.
Victor Aloyo is the son of the late Esperanza Aloyo and Victorino Aloyo from Vieques, Puerto Rico. He has been married to Suzette Aloyo for thirty-six years, and they are blessed with two daughters, Kayla Cristen, an aerospace engineer working in Huntsville, AL, and Alyssa Nicole, serving as an EDI administrator at The Steve Fund in Nashville, TN. Before being called to Columbia, Victor served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary and Organizing/Lead Pastor of La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras. Victor received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing his dissertation on navigating diversity and inclusion within a framework of social justice.
Moving Toward Our Third Century
Abundance & Grace: A Blueprint for Flourishing in Faith & Hope is the Seminary’s plan to for how it will continue to nurture imaginative leaders for the church and the world. Read more about the Blueprint below.
2023 Master's Level Students
On May 19 & 20, we honored and celebrated our graduates at Baccalaureate and Commencement Services. Watch the ceremonies and join me in congratulating them.Learn More
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For those who are discerning a call, Columbia is a place where you can flourish in hope and faith. It is a place where you can take a transformative journey that places hope above fear, love over hate, and joy beyond despair. I invite you to imagine what could be as, together, we shape the not yet.Apply Now
Abundance & Grace: A Blueprint for Flourishing in Faith & Hope will provide the substance
for the Seminary’s annual plans and assessments for the next four academic years as we celebrate
in 2027 the one hundred years of its move from Columbia, South Carolina, to Decatur, GA. In
joyful anticipation of the Seminary’s two-hundredth anniversary in 2028, we aspire, through our
strategic directions, to become an educational institution of theological inquiry and innovation
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