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Tennent's Log College

Minute for Mission: Presbyterian Higher Education

William Tennent probably never dreamed we would get to this point. The same could be said for John Witherspoon. Tennent, some may recall, is considered by many to be the father of Presbyterian higher education in the United States. It’s been almost 300 years since this forward-thinking Presbyterian pastor established his ministerial Log College in Pennsylvania to educate and prepare commoners for ministry. The college was his response to the first “Great Awakening,” a revivalist movement in the early 18th century that aligned with the Presbyterian goal of “always being reformed.”