Everyday life has changed significantly since the first of your Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) theological seminaries were founded in 1794 and 1812. Over the years, additional theological institutions were established, carrying on the Presbyterian tradition of providing educated leadership for congregations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Rim. Each institution is represented on the Committee On Theological Education (COTE) where institutional representatives meet with General Assembly-elected members.
Today, your 12 seminaries have been entrusted to provide the educational foundation pastors need to be able to preach, teach, pray and lead.
- Prepare men and women to be pastors, educators and musicians for congregations
- Provide continuing education and advanced degree programs for ministers of the Word and Sacrament and for lay church leaders.
- Serve as centers for theological discourse, reflection and research for the benefit of the wider church during changing times.
As we continue into the 21st century, each of your theological institutions will continue to provide a Presbyterian ethos for learning and spiritual formation — theological education in the Reformed tradition.
Find a Presbyterian Theological Seminary
While united in their commitment to Jesus Christ, educational excellence and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), your theological schools differ in significant ways. The links below provide profiles of the individual seminaries, summarizing what each school can offer persons seeking to enhance their preparation for ministry in the church of Jesus Christ.
For more information about a particular PC(USA) theological seminary, contact the Office of Theological Education or visit the school’s Web site.
COTE members, both covenant and institutional, include the following:
Auburn Theological Seminary | New York, New York
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Austin, Texas
Columbia Theological Seminary | Decatur, Georgia
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary | Atlanta, Georgia
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Louisville, Kentucky
McCormick Theological Seminary | Chicago, lllinois
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Princeton Theological Seminary | Princeton, New Jersey
San Francisco Theological Seminary | San Anselmo, California
Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Union Presbyterian Seminary | Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary | Dubuque, Iowa