Vision Statement

To be recognized as a global leader in distance theological education



Mission Statement

Payne Theological Seminary, founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1894, is dedicated to preparing leaders for ministry in the African-American traditions of liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and the dignity of all humankind.

Niche: Payne Theological Seminary seeks lay and clergy in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and others desiring theological education online or in a mid-western context.

Core Values



Excellence: The embodiment of, and the passion for, high standards and that level of achievement that surpasses the envisioned norm and the expected best desired results.




Tolerance: The unreserved acceptance of the universal concepts of love, justice and forgiveness that find expression in the capacity to be inclusive of and open to difference.




Servant Leadership: A responsible steward who serves with care, humility, strength of character and boldness as he/she articulates his/her vision and inspires and guides others toward embracing a higher ideal of the institution’s mission.




Spiritual Formation, Growth, and Transformation: An ongoing process of opening one’s self to God’s revelation within an environment that enhances the individual’s growth and transformation and helps one realize his/her divine and human potential.