Annual Report of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary for 2014-2015 - Click Here To Download Full Report
Dear Graduate, Supporter, Friend of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary;
Grace and peace!
One of my favorite snapshots of the year is this one (right) of myself standing with three Presbyterian Women-Sheila Louder, Barbara Leath, and Virginia Hawkins-Stephens. The picture was taken during the January 2015 JCSTS vision launch and grand unveiling. It was a joy to stand with these women each of whom uniquely helped shape my ministry over the past 20 years. I salute these women who represent the overarching theme of this report: constancy in the face of change.
When JCSTS announced in April 2014 that the institution was disaffiliating from the Interdenominational Theological Center after a 45-year membership, many within the seminary community expressed fear that JCSTS would be unable to sustain itself as a freestanding institution. Despite our reassurances and rationale about emerging changes in higher education and the incumbent need of JCSTS to reposition itself to attract students, it quickly became apparent that words were not enough. For many, JCSTS simply was going to have to demonstrate its viability and stability over time.
And we are doing so.
This report summarizes JCSTS' current institutional status and burgeoning identity as a justice-oriented Christ-centered institution. It also describes JCSTS' ability to maintain its presence and craft its identity during a year of radical change. I believe this constancy is a feat in and of itself-evidence of the seminary's faithfulness to the Lord's call; and I am convinced the seminary is on a journey toward the forefront of theological education.
JCSTS warmly invites you to join this exhilarating adventure of faith and service.
In gratitude and joyful anticipation,
Paul T. Roberts, Sr.