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:

Tammy Bullock


The Nashville cohort just completed our first class with Dr. Molly T. Marshall at Conception Abbey and I am still processing all that transpired in my heart during that time. Being at the Abbey allowed us to share our stories and get to know one another in a way that enabled community to happen. The rhythm of prayer and quietude inspired the kind of contemplation introduced to us in the books we read in preparation for the class. Dr. Marshall’s focused discussion about creativity and spirituality enabled us to consider the road ahead and how we will practice spirituality as a community and as individual ministers in the work we do. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the CBTS community. It is just the beginning and I am excited about what lies ahead!

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