JCSTS is pleased to host its inaugural Faith and Initiative Conference on November 9-11, 2017 at The Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3417 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305...Read more>>
Sakenfeld and Dykstra are honored at Theological Education Awards Breakfast
In an atmosphere permeated with gratitude and punctuated with hope and grace, leaders and educators from across the church gathered for the General Assembly’s Theological Education Awards Breakfast to celebrate two profoundly influential scholars and PC(USA) teaching elders, the Rev. Dr. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld and the Rev. Dr. Craig Dykstra....Read more>>
JCSTS Board of Trustees Chair, Billy Michael Honor, felt called to lead Pulse church after receiving a powerful vision from God about the need for a new kind of church in Atlanta. "I felt God leading me to start a church that is progressive in thought and practice and committed to connecting the heart of God to the rich culture of our city. Basically it's a vision for Pulse to be a place that looks like Christ and the best parts of our city's culture. Click here for Pulse Church's website.
"Southern Presbyterian Church Leaders during the Civil Rights Era" JCSTS pas partnered with Dr, Carolyn Crowder, Ph.D., to capture this rich history! Click here to read more
The Beatitudes Society has announced that Brady Radford, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary '07 and Georgia State '13, has been awarded a $5,000 Beatitudes Fellowship.
Brady Radford is one of twelve emerging faith leaders from across the United States selected for the annual award.
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Congratulations to JCSTS Alumni/ae
Rev. Robert Burkins of Elmwood United Presbyterian Church is retiring! Click here to read more
Vanessa Hawkins completed her comprehensive exams and is closer to completing her Ph.D.
Rev. Olive Mahabir was installed, October 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., at the Church of the Master, PCUSA, 3400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.
Rev. Kimani K. Wright was installed on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm. This celebration took place at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 6717 David Street, Columbia, SC 29203
Joshua Lazard who recently was named the C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement at Duke University.
Katherine Lankford who was ordained and installed on July 20 as a Christian Education Specialist at the Northside Women's Space in Minneapolis, MN.
Clarence S. Wallace whose legacy as the pastor of Carmel Presbyterian Church is being celebrated on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Sharonville Convention Center in Sharonville, OH. Proceeds will benefit the Clarence Wallace Summer Enrichment Program.
Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Former Shaw University Vice President and JCSTS Graduate Dies
Dr. Smith has a bachelor's degree in English from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, and Doctor of Ministry degree from Gardner-Webb University.
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An Open Letter To Presidents and Deans of US Theological Schools
At its annual meeting at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, African American Presidents and Deans of theological schools in the United States issued a call for action in light of the current state of social justice in the United States of America.
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A Response to This Open Letter from the Seminary Presidents of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Why Do PC(USA) Seminaries Matter?
In Historic Vote, PC(USA) Elects J. Herbert Nelson Denomination’s Top Ecclesiastical Officer
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, the son, grandson and nephew of Presbyterian pastors, [and JCSTS graduate] was overwhelmingly elected Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday. The action came from the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meeting June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon. Read more>>
President Roberts Speaks Sunday, June 19th, for Men's Day - Elmwood West United Presbyterian Church; 20 Old Indian Road; West Orange, NJ 07052
Helping Men Turn Challenges Into Opportunities
Overcome to Become
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
President Paul Roberts Speaks at the 2016 Louisville Seminary Commencement!
"The Synod of Mid-America (SoMA) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jesse C. Swanigan Fellowship, a new initiative to nurture, support, and advocate for women and men of color to gain mid-council executive leadership education and experience in the Presbyterian Church (USA)." Jesse is a member of the JCSTS Board of Trustees. Click here to read full article
Dr. Tony McNeill on Worship & Justice
President Paul T. Roberts sits front and center throughout the "Dr. King's Unfinished Agenda: A Teach-In for Rededicating Ourselves to the Dream" weekend in Montreat, NC!
United States Representative and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis, speaks directly to President Roberts. Click for video
The New JCSTS Institute of African-American Worship, Preaching, and Sacred Arts
Dr. Tony McNeill of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Paul Roberts, President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, and members of the JCSTS Staff gathers recognized leaders in the field to share their scholarship and perspectives on African-American Worship, Preaching and Sacred Arts.
Presbyterian Publishing Corporation Soliciting Applications for leadership development opportunity for racial/ethnic seminarians...
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Changes in Education Inform JCSTS' New Direction
From a Brookings article, Reimagine Education
"Sometimes things change dramatically and quite quickly in our daily world. When was the last time you used a travel agent to book a flight? Have you ever told your kids about the days, not so long ago, before cell phones? Or about life before texting? Remember when you bought everything from actual stores, rather than so much from Amazon?"
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Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary unveils its exciting new Mission during a community-wide worship service on January 15, 2015, at 12:00 Noon, at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
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Round Table Discussion...
On the Intersection of Theological Education and Justice
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Turning Anger to Action: Rev. Alex Gee Heard from African-Americans of all Ages. What did he learn?
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JCSTS Statement on Ferguson/Staten Island
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS), the only historically African-American seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is in solidarity with the denomination's calls for serious reflection by the whole church "about the communities and the racial climate we have created in this country."
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A New Seminary for a New Day - The Presbyterian Outlook
"When the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary pulled out of the Interdenominational Theological Center this past June 30th , disapproval poured in from pockets of alums and other befuddled seminary supporters. However, the consortium shared with five other historically African- American seminaries in Atlanta was moving in a direction dissimilar to JCSTS' own sense of call..." Click here to access article
Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture
This statement is from the third international consultation of the Lutheran World Federation's Study Team on Worship and Culture, held in Nairobi, Kenya, in January 1996. The members of the Study Team represent five continents of the world and have worked together with enthusiasm for three years thus far. The initial consultation, in October 1993 in Cartigny, Switzerland, focused on the biblical and historical foundations of the relationship between Christian worship and culture, and resulted in the "Cartigny Statement on Worship and Culture: Biblical and Historical Foundations." (This Nairobi Statement builds upon the Cartigny Statement; in no sense does it replace it.)
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