Who We Are

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.

Who is Central Seminary?

From our founding in 1901, Central Seminary has worked to continually adapt to the ever-changing world. With the increasing role of technology in our everyday life, it is no wonder the role of ministry has changed dramatically over the past several years. These digital innovations offer a whole new world of opportunity for those who want to work in faith roles and settings.

More than ever, congregations, communities, and individuals need the guidance of faith leaders who are transformative agents for change. The curricula of our programs foster innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial qualities that bring foundational knowledge and skills to life in practice. Whether you want to apply your education in traditional church settings, online platforms, or other settings, we will guide your trajectory towards your unique goals.


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


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


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 differences, 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 skill sets ,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. We dream big and take action to pursue purposeful transformation in ourselves and the world around us. 

Central's Programs Are...


Dynamic and Innovative Curricula

We believe that education programs need to evolve with the changing times, global challenges, and changing landscape for faith professions. As technology opened up a whole new world of ministry opportunities, we became committed to redesigning our programs to prepare students to embrace and shape the future of ministry practice. Our courses contains the common threads of personhood, society, justice, and expression to better understand the most pressing topics affecting our global society today.


Early Promoter of Online Benefits

You can attend in-person classes at our Central Seminary locations. However, our technologically enhanced delivery system is a primary benefit for students with busy lives. With user-friendly online tools, we make it simple to interact with instructors, submit and review coursework, absorb course materials, and work with your peers.

In synchronous courses, students join in-person classes in real-time, allowing them to participate in live discussions and lectures. We also offer asynchronous class sessions that students can experience at their convenience during the week. Our belief that ministry should be adaptable and entrepreneurial will always welcome innovation  that makes our mission more impactful.


We Offer Accredited Theological Programs

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. Maintaining accreditation is essential to providing quality programs that result in positive personal and professional outcomes for students.

We also have strong affiliations with a wide variety of denominations and non-denominational organizations throughout the country. Our affiliations and global perspective strengthen our ability to stay focused on current issues and offer cross-cultural experiences for students.

Let's Talk

Now that you know a little bit about Central Seminary, take a moment to contact us to discuss your goals. We want to learn who you are and help you determine the next steps to take in the process.

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