OUR PHILOSOPHY

VISION STATEMENT

To be recognized as a global leader in distance theological education.

MISSION STATEMENT

To prepare African American and other leaders for ministry in the tradition of liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and the dignity of all humankind.

CORE VALUES

Our values guide all areas of the infrastructure, operations and academics of the institution.

 

Vision Statement – Payne Theological Seminary will 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 the preparation of African American and other leaders for ministry in the traditions of liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and the dignity of all humankind.

Niche Payne – 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 Value Statements – Four core values undergird the work at Payne Theological Seminary. These values guide and are evidenced in all areas of the infrastructure, operations and academic training of the institution.

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.

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Our Numbers

500+

Graduated Students

150+

Current Students

122

Years of History

9+

Denominations Present

20+

Faculty

15

Educational Partnerships

Our History

DANIEL ALEXANDER
PAYNE

Bishop, educator, college
administrator and author.

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Daniel Alexander Payne
  • He was elected as the sixth bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church.
  • One of six founders of Wilberforce University.
  • The first African American to serve as a president of a college in the United States, Wilberforce University, 1863 – 1877.
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  • PAYNE THEOLOGICAL
    SEMINARY

    Founded by the African
    Methodist Episcopal Church.

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    PAYNE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

    1844 – The Ohio Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church met in Columbus October 18th to select a site and erect a Seminary and Manual Training School.

    1856 – Wilberforce University was founded with an interest in providing religious education.

    1891 – The Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University voted and approved the organization of a seminary to be named for Bishop Daniel A. Payne, who had interested the African Methodist Episcopal Church in a program of higher education.

    1894 – Payne Theological Seminary was incorporated as an independent institution “for the purpose of promoting education, religion, and morality by the education of persons for the Christian ministry and missionaries for the redemption of Africa and other foreign lands.”

    1954 – The Seminary took steps to raise its standards by promoting a program exclusively on a graduate level.

    1956 – Payne Theological Seminary was admitted to membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

    1995 – It became the fourth historically African American theological seminary to become fully accredited by the ATS.

    2009 – The ATS Commission on Accrediting announced that Payne had been elevated to a ten-year accreditation cycle.  Payne’s next accreditation visit will be in 2018.

    Location: Payne Theological Seminary is located at the corner of Wilberforce-Clifton Road and Coleman Road in Wilberforce, Ohio.  Wilberforce is approximately three miles northeast of Xenia, Ohio, and 18 miles east of Dayton, Ohio.  It is situated within driving distance of Dayton, Springfield, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

    ACCREDITATION

    Payne Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

    Master of Divinity (MDiv)

    Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

     
    The Commission contact information is:

    The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    in the United States and Canada

    10 Summit Park Drive,
    Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
    Telephone: 412.788.6505
    Fax: 412.788.6510
    Website: www.ats.edu

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    INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

    DEGREE PROGRAM
    ACHIEVEMENT
    Master of Divinity:
    0%
    2012

    DEGREE PROGRAM
    COMPLETION RATE

    Master of Divinity:
    0%
    6 years (2006 – 2012)

    ALUMNI VOCATIONAL
    PLACEMENT

    Master of Divinity:
    0%
    27 of the 28 graduates, 2012

    ASSESSMENT OF
    STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

    IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING

    The Board of Trustees, faculty and staff affirm that student learning is at the core of our purpose as a seminary.

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    IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING

    The Board of Trustees, faculty and staff affirm that student learning is at the core of our purpose as a seminary. The ability to measure learning accomplishes two purposes: it allows us to demonstrate our accountability to our various publics but, more importantly, it provides us with the capacity to impact and improve the degree of learning that occurs in our Seminary. The Seminary has developed a Plan to Assess Student Academic Achievement, in accordance with the requirements of The Association of Theological Schools. The plan ensures the Seminary has specific learning outcomes for each of its degree programs and validates that students earning degrees have achieved those outcomes. Validity measures include instructor assessment, certification trainings, and evaluations by external professionals. The results of the assessment efforts are used to improve instruction as necessary to guarantee that our students can succeed in ministry endeavors.

    EDUCATIONAL
    PARTNERSHIP

    Payne has cultivated educational partnerships with an array of esteemed academic institutions around the country and globally.

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    EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

    Payne has cultivated educational partnerships with an array of esteemed academic institutions. These partnerships provide a plethora of opportunities for students at Payne Theological Seminary. Current partnerships include: Ashland Theological Seminary, Bethany Theological Seminary, Central State University, Christian Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Methodist Theological School (METHESCO), New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seminary Consortium on Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) / Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS), United Theological Seminary, United Theological College of the West Indies, Wilberforce University.

    ONLINE
    LEARNING

    Online learning at Payne Theological Seminary offers alternative modes of instructional delivery for students.

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    Online Learning

    Online learning at Payne Theological Seminary offers alternative modes of instructional delivery for students who, for a variety of reasons, may not be able to attend traditionally scheduled classes. Payne offers 2/3 of the Master of Divinity program courses online. In online courses, all instructional activities are completed in an online environment. Online courses require no visits to campus; however, students enrolled in blended courses may be required to participate in an onsite pre- or post-course review session. Online courses and programs have full approval from The Association of Theological Schools.

    CAMPUS SAFETY

    In compliance with the Clery Act, our campus crime statistics,
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    Strategic Plan

    Payne’s strategic plan implementation progress is outlined in our Payne Strategic Plan.

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