Meet the President

Glory be to God! Welcome to the website of Payne Theological Seminary. Payne has a long history of empowering women and men for ministry in communities of African descent in the United States and across the globe. As one of the theological institutions of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest African American denomination in America, we have the privilege of preparing a global ministry for a global church.

Payne Theological Seminary is committed to providing a high quality theological education, in an Africentric fashion, at an affordable cost, to a diverse population, using the best teaching and delivery practices at our disposal. You find evidence of this in our website, our courses, our approach, and most importantly our people. Payne is a community of leaders; whether scholars, students, or staff. We understand that good preparation for ministry is not a luxury but a necessity in our increasingly confusing, conflicted, and complex world.

I invite you to explore what Payne has to offer. I guarantee that you will find a place of deep spirituality and commitment to transforming the world. Even as one of the oldest historically black seminaries, we are still a work in progress. Expect to see new offerings in the very near future. We pride ourselves on meeting the need for ministry in its various forms and places.

Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D.