Who We Are

Who is Central Seminary?

Central Seminary, headquartered in Shawnee, Kansas, celebrates its 121st  anniversary in 2022 (learn more about our history here). From its founding, Central has worked to continually adapt to the ever-changing world. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to creating an inclusive learning environment where students from varied ethnic, geographical, and theological backgrounds can pursue postsecondary seminary education that is accessible, affordable, and effective.

While our administrative headquarters is in Shawnee, the seminary’s community of faculty and students extends well beyond with 9 other sites in seven states and 2 international educational partnerships. In the spring of 2022, Central enrolled 546 students in our diploma, master, and doctoral-level programs, which are offered in both English and Korean. Those students are scattered across 13 different states within the U.S. and in 10 countries and hold citizenship from 12 countries. In recent years, our seminary has been on the leading edge of providing theological education that is inclusive of technological proficiency, and currently, most course offerings are provided virtually.

Vision

A global Christian community in which all people belong, thrive, and embody faith in action.

Mission

Central prepares leaders for seeking God, shaping the church, and serving humanity and all creation.

Our Values

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive environment where students from every background can pursue post-secondary seminary education that is accessible, affordable, and effective.

Community

We build authentic relationships and deep connections among students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, partners, and all friends of Central. We gather to worship and pray. We come together to celebrate our successes and tackle our challenges. We are open and honest. We collaborate and convene, knowing that we can achieve our shared vision by aligning our goals and leveraging our unique strengths.

Empathy

We are compassionate and caring. We listen, learn, and connect. We celebrate difference, seek to understand each other, pursue justice in the world around us, and put our faith into action. We practice humility and kindness, and strive to create spaces that are welcoming, inclusive, and equitable.

Growth

We are lifelong learners who crave growth, strive for excellence, and seek to serve God. We look for opportunities to challenge ourselves, build new skillsets, and expand our ways of thinking. We pursue knowledge through study and experiential learning. We believe all people are made in the image of God and can develop to their full potential with passion, determination, and support.

Tenacity

We lead with courage, faith, and hope in the face of uncertainty. Our adaptability and resourcefulness empower us to be innovative and creative. Wedream big and take action to pursue purposeful transformation in ourselves and the world around us.

What Sets Central Apart

Affordable

Affordable

Central Seminary offers low tuition rates and institutional scholarship assistance is available to ALL degree-seeking students. Individualized payment plans are also available for all students.

Accredited

Accredited

Central Seminary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Online

Online

Most programs are offered fully online through live sessions which offers real-time interaction and collaboration with faculty and other students. All our online theological programs are carefully curated and leverage the latest innovations to bring the same high-quality educational experience to students at every level in any location.

Flexible

Flexible

Online education gives you the ability to build a convenient schedule that compliments other responsibilities in your life. This format allows you to progress through your program at your own pace and from anywhere in the world. Whether you are interested in earning academic credit or pursuing non-credit programs, you can take advantage of a seamless admissions and registration process that makes it easy to get started.

Diverse

Diverse

Central Seminary is a truly diverse institution. Students come from all corners of the globe, representing many different denominations and religious traditions. Central Seminary offers cutting-edge academic programs in a wide range of subjects and languages, catering to students with a variety of educational backgrounds and interests.

Central Seminary opened on October 21, 1902 with four faculty members and six enrolled students.

Central Seminary is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools.

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