Central prepares women and men for seeking God, shaping church and serving humanity.
This is the mission of Central. Our vision is to be a leading seminary that offers innovative theological education and effective ministry formation in a global context. With over 500 students in a variety of educational programs, Central is finding a variety of ways to prepare those God is calling to special service in our world today.
We are grateful for the support of many faithful friends who make our mission possible through prayers and ongoing financial support.
There are two particular emphases that are currently focusing our ongoing mission: Congregational Health and Global Christianity.
Throughout the pages of our website, we invite you to learn more about Central. We have a long history and yet find ourselves moving in many new and exciting ways as the Spirit refocuses us for the future. At Central we value:
Disciplined Learning: We believe that cultivation of learning skills, the gaining and sharing of knowledge, and practical application are foundational to all that we do.
Community: We foster a communal process of learning, worship and service.
Diversity: We respect the richness of diversity as we engage voices of different ages, races, ethnicities, genders and faith traditions in a welcoming and open environment.
Justice: We model justice and stewardship in fulfillment of our Mission, forming students to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
Heritage: We value our place in the history of the universal church, our Trinitarian theology and our historic roots as a Christ-centered Baptist institution.
Creativity: We participate with the Spirit in generative and innovative methods.
“The vocation of the “pastor-theologian” is one that appeals deeply to my personal sense of calling. I have never felt particularly gifted as a “shepherd pastor,” or a “CEO pastor,” but have always had an abiding spiritual curiosity that has led me to seek God both intellectually and in community. Working on a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree at Central gave me the valuable freedom to explore theology and biblical studies more deeply than I could have imagined. I not only learned how to conduct research in my field of New Testament studies, but I learned how to better form my own questions in search of answers. Central helped me to realize my own vision of making biblical scholarship accessible to the local parish, a vision that I hope to carry well into my future.”