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JCSTS joins the call for a moral revival to eradicate structural racism.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Art by Nikkolas Smith

Advancing communities of faith, justice, and compassion through innovation in theological education.


For Justice. For the Common Good.

Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the nine theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American.


JCSTS' model focuses on 16 core competencies. Individual courses are designed to meet one or more of these competencies. Built into each course are learning activities and assessment tools that a student can complete on her/his own time frame for up to one year from the start date.


The goal is for a learner to complete all assessments successfully, thus demonstrating mastery of a specific competency. All courses are pass/fail; no grades are offered.

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Featured Courses

Discover how to be the change. Enroll now.

  • Drum Major for Justice

    Move beyond the four walls of church and exercise your faith by engaging the societal issues of our day. Enroll now and learn how!

  • Christian Civic Engagement

    The prophet Isaiah invites us to "loose the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, set the oppressed free, and break every yoke." It's time.

  • Preaching and Social Change

    Explore the role of the preacher in addressing the moral challenges related to contemporary social issues and conflicts. Be the change.

MLK Drum Major for Justice 

Equiping pastors, lay people, activists, and others to find their voice, collaborate with others, and engage the Church’s theology and practice in arenas beyond its four walls in pursuit of justice and societal transformation.  

Identify your agogic moment and make something happen. 

Dr. Melva W. Costen Institute for Worship Leadership

Music, Media, and Sacred Arts; Classes for Leadership Development

Black Church USA Intensive Launches December 2020!

Community Organizing

Every one of Christ's miracles, every teaching, every parable, every hardship was born from - or gave birth to - meaningful public relationships. 


Small Church Clusters

There is strength in numbers. Especially for small churches.


Hope & Health 

Resources specially curated to increase health awareness and support communities during the pandemic.


For Peace and for Power.

The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr.

Under Paul’s leadership, JCSTS is reinventing itself and has gained prominence in the national conversation about justice, faith, and new models of theological education.


Paul preaches and teaches nationally, and has written for numerous publications. He serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Foundation, Montreat Conference Center, Macedonian Ministry Inc, and NEXT Church. For podcasts, Youtube videos, and messages click below.

Mini Courses

Maximum Impact

Faith & 21st Century Communication

To convey Christ's message effectively, scholars and theologians agree it is necessary to have a basic understanding of the relationship between media & culture.

Living in a
Post-Christendom World

Christianity in America is at something of a kairos moment. Old models of doing (and being) the church are being replaced with new ones. Are we doing it right?

The Study of Christ
and Culture

Become equipped to analyze and interpret your own church context and the complex ways it may be interacting with the surrounding culture. #CultureMatters.


Contact Us

Johnson C. Smith
Theological Seminary

1328 Peachtree Street NE 
Atlanta, GA 30309 

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