President Aloyo and students

Columbia's 11th President

Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo

Hear President Aloyo share why students discerning a call should consider Columbia.

A Note from President Aloyo

Flourishing in Faith & Hope

Columbia Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Victor 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.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2023

  • Welcoming our Advanced Degree Cohorts July 10 – Aug. 4
  • Welcoming our MAPT and ThM students Aug. 14-18
  • New student orientation is Aug. 29-31
  • Classes begin Sept. 5
  • Convocation is Sept. 8

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.

Columbia Seminary

Moving Toward Our Third Century

Columbia’s Strategic Blueprint

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


Our 2023 Graduates

On May 19 & 20, we honored and celebrated our graduates at Baccalaureate and Commencement Services. Watch the ceremonies and join me in congratulating them.

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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.

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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
that will:

  • Build on Columbia Seminary’s excellence in theological inquiry, critical thinking, and
    innovation, providing theological leadership for the Church and the world by educating
    and equipping faithful, imaginative, and effective pastoral leaders through degree and
    non-degree programs, contextual education, research, and lifelong learning.
  • Expand on Columbia Theological Seminary’s residential campus, developing and
    implementing the framework for a campus culture22 of Christian worship, hospitality,
    and belonging that exists on our campus and extends translocally23 and globally.
  • Enrich Columbia Theological Seminary’s exemplary workplace culture, pursuing
    excellence in our policies, procedures, and practices, stewarding the seminary’s
    resources, and building mutually beneficial relationships with external partners at the
    local, regional, and global levels.
  • Strengthen Columbia Theological Seminary’s vision of inclusion and commitment to
    diversity by engaging, exploring, and facilitating the highest levels of institutional
    leadership and effectiveness, organizational justice, and future-oriented planning within
    an environment of transparent, shared governance as we join boldly in the new thing
    God is already doing among us.

Life at Columbia Seminary

President Aloyo with students
President Aloyo at Montreat
students in chapel
Columbia Theological Seminary Faculty