Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary has a proud legacy of service to the Presbyterian Church dating back to 1867 and the founding of the Freedman's Institute of Charlotte, NC.
Today, JCSTS offers customizable, competency-based theological education specializing in (1) African-American worship, preaching, and sacred arts; (2) community organizing; (3) racial reconciliation; and (4) clergy care.
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary provides innovative theological education to advance communities of faith, justice, and compassion.
JCSTS VALUES THE LIVING CHRIST
Is committed to the teaching, preaching, and demonstration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
JCSTS VALUES HERITAGE
Is grounded in the scholarship and history of the African-American religious experience
JCSTS VALUES TRADITION
Embraces the Reformed tradition of the Christian Church embodied in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
JCSTS VALUES COMMUNITY
Invites and welcomes individuals with no preference to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, or nationality
JCSTS VALUES INGENUITY
Is innovative, creative, imaginative, and adaptable in serving the needs of a changing Church
JCSTS VALUES JUSTICE
Works to create a world in which all life is valued and cared for, and where especially the 'least of these' have a place at the table
JCSTS VALUES INTEGRITY
Exemplifies inclusivity, fairness, transparency, and accountability; adheres to the highest ethical and moral standards
JCSTS VALUES RESPONSIVENESS
Maintains an institutional culture capable of responding thoroughly--without undue haste, but without undue delay to the needs of its constituents