About Us

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:

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My Experience:

Paw Lu


I belong to the Kachin ethnic group in Myanmar. I am now serving as an associate minister at a Baptist church in Kachin State, which is in the northern part of Myanmar.  We have over 7000 church members at my church.

I have been in ministry for over 17 years. I know that in order to lead my congregation effectively, I need more education. I believe that this D.Min. program will enhance my ministry today and into the future.

Learning together with other students from Myanmar has been very valuable for me. I have enjoyed living together. I have also learned from the Shawnee D.Min. students as well.  It is good to be able to appreciate each other’s cultures and ministry experiences.

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