Committee on Theological Education

The Committee on Theological Education (COTE) has General Assembly-mandated responsibility for developing and maintaining a comprehensive, denomination-wide plan for theological education. COTE seeks to identify, develop and propose strategies for a systemic approach to theological education within the PC(USA).

COTE serves as an advocate for theological education, seeking to support your seminaries (both financially and in other ways) and to strengthen them for their mission to the whole church. It is the body through which the seminaries report and are accountable to the denomination. COTE also serves as a two-way communication link between the denomination and its graduate theological institutions.

The mandate for COTE’s ongoing work comes from General Assembly approval of reports and recommendations presented by two special committees: the Special Committee on Theological Institutions in 1986 and the Special Committee to Study Theological Institutions in 1993.


Business items for COTE

Individuals who wish to propose business items for a COTE meeting should follow the Committee on Theological Education Agenda Development Guidelines. Note that proposed items for action or information are due 60 days before the COTE meeting.


Who serves on COTE?

Twenty-three voting members sit around the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) table when it is convened twice each year. Included are:

  • 10 presidents or deans representing PC(USA) seminaries.
  • 11 pastors and laypersons elected by the General Assembly to represent the church-at-large.
  • Two elected members of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors who are appointed by that body to also serve on COTE.

Serving on COTE, with voice but no vote, are five corresponding members, including:

  • The presidents of two seminaries that are related to the General Assembly by covenant agreement.
  • A representative of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation.
  • Representatives from two nondenominational seminaries that educate a significant number of Presbyterian ministerial candidates.

Download a directory of COTE members here: COTE – DIRECTORY of Members – September 2015.02

COTE’s subcommitees do good work

In order to carry out their mandate, the Committee on Theological Education has established an executive committee, an institutional committee and three permanent subcommittees.

The Executive Committee includes the chair and vice-chair of COTE, the chair of each of the four permanent subcommittees and one at-large member.

The Institutional Review Committee includes only the 13 elected members of COTE. This committee is responsible for the oversight of distribution of funds to the schools according to an agreed upon formula, proposing alteration of that formula when deemed necessary and the annual review of the health and stewardship of the seminaries by way of confidential interviews with each of the institutional representatives.

The Implementation and Interpretation Subcommittee includes institutional representatives as well as elected members. Their primary work is to interpret the mission of the schools as broadly as possible, and to support and strategize the implementation of COTE initiatives and programs.

The Interschool and Mission Cooperation Subcommittee includes both elected and institutional representative members. It develops and facilitates partnership/cooperation among the seminaries and provides a forum for consideration of general policies and of overlapping or neglected programs. It also coordinates cooperative projects and programsthat involve the seminaries with other PC(USA) entities and governing bodies to carry out mission responsibilities of mutual concern to the participating groups.

The Theological and Church Concerns Subcommittee, including both elected and institutional representative members, is responsible for bringing to the attention of COTE initiatives and issues of concern within the PC(USA) and the ecumenical community about which the seminaries need to be informed for possible involvement. Provision of a theological reflection time during each meeting of COTE is also the responsibility of the subcommittee.

Committee on Theological Education

Elected Members

Vilmarie CIntron-Olivieri

Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri (’16)
Executive Committee, Institutional Support Subcommittee
Interschool and Mission Cooperation Subcommittee, Chair
Miami, Florida

Mindy Douglas Adams

Mindy Douglas (’16)
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee, Chair
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jose Irizzary

José Irizzary (’16)
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Kathryn Wolf

Nancy Ramsay (’17), Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Liaison
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee
Fort Worth, Texas

Kathryn Wolf

Kathryn Wolf Reed (’16), Chair of COTE
Executive Committee, Chair
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Theological & Church Concerns Subcommittee
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Chandler Stokes

Chandler Stokes (’14)
Executive Committee
Institutional Support Subcommittee, Chair
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Max Sherman

Max Sherman (’16)
Executive Committee
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Theological and Church Concerns Subcommittee, Chair
Austin, Texas

Landon Whitsitt

Landon Whitsitt (’16)
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee
Liberty, Missouri

K. Nicholas Yoda

K. Nicholas Yoda (’14)
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Theological & Church Concerns Subcommittee
Cincinnati, Ohio

K. Nicholas Yoda

Mary Elva Smith (’14)
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Interschool and Mission Cooperation Subcommittee
Louisville, Kentucky

Alan Bancroft

Alan Bancroft (’14)
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Interschool & Mission Cooperation Subcommittee
Nashville, Tennessee

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Matt Miles (’14)
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Interschool & Mission Cooperation Subcommittee
Fort Davis, Texas

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Glen Snider (’14), Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Liaison
Institutional Support Subcommittee
Theological & Church Concerns Subcommittee
Safford, Arizona

Institutional Representatives

Theodore Wardloaw

Theodore Wardlaw
President, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Executive Committee
Theological & Church Concerns Subcommittee

Austin, Texas

Stephen Hayner

Stephen Hayner
President, Columbia Theological Seminary
Interschool and Mission Cooperation Subcommittee

Decatur, Georgia

Jeffrey Bullock

Jeffrey Bullock, Vice Chair of COTE
President, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee

Nominating Committee, Chair

Dubuque, Iowa

Michael Jinkins

Michael Jinkins
President, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Interschool & Mission Cooperation Subcommittee

Louisville, Kentucky

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Frank Yamada
President, McCormick Theological Seminary
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee

Chicago, Illinois

William Carl III

Bill Carl
President, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Iain Torrance

Craig Barnes
President, Princeton Theological Seminary
Theological and Church Concerns Subcommittee

Princeton, New Jersey

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Jim McDonald
President, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Theological and Church Concerns Subcommittee

San Anslemo, California

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts
President/Dean, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary
Executive Committee

Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee

Atlanta, Georgia

Brian Blount

Brian K. Blount
President, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Interschool & Mission Cooperation Subcommittee

Richmond, Virginia & Charlotte, North Carolina

Covenant Members:

Katharine Henderson

Katharine Henderson
President, Auburn Theological Seminary
Theological & Church Concerns Subcommittee

New York, New York

Sergio Ojeda-Carcamo

Sergio Ojeda-Carcamo
President, Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico
Interschool & Mission Cooperation Subcommittee

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Corresponding Members:

Ron Kernaghan

Ron Kernaghan
Director of Presbyterian Ministries, Fuller Theological Seminary
Theological & Church Concerns Subcommittee

Pasadena, California

Alvin Padilla

Alvin Padilla
Director Hispanic Ministries, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Interschool & Mission Cooperation Subcommittee

South Hamilton, Massachusetts

Gary Eller

Gary Eller
President, Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
Implementation & Interpretation Subcommittee

Omaha, Nebraska