Welcome to the Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Memorial Library

The Ransom Memorial Library participates in the research and education program of Payne Theological Seminary by facilitating access to relevant information through the development of library, archival and closed research collections. Its purpose is to assist men and women in preparation for Christian ministry within the A.M.E. Church, the African American community and other Christian traditions.

Library Hours

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Intensive Weeks:

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday* & Sunday CLOSED

*Open on Saturday… 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. when Intensives are back to back

Mr. Warren Watson

Director of Library Services & Archivist
(937) 376-2946 ext. 204

Ms. Lynn Ayers

Library Cataloger
(937) 376-2946 ext. 203

Church & Social Media

This resource guide continues the conversation started in the presentation #Charlestonsyllabus: What To Read to Understand” delivered to the Third Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church Planning Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, November 6, 2015 by librarian Shanee’ Yvette Murrain. Here Pastors curious about incorporating social media in Christian Education will find support and tools to reach out to parishoners in new ways.

For more information on #CharlestonSyllabus and other resources for holding these conversations about race motivated violence against the African American community, social media in the new academy, and online bible studies visit this bibliography of resources and Twitter recommendations.
ida b. well's bible study
This Online Bible Study based on #Charlestonsyllabus and Anne Wimberly’s Storylinking Process
features mixed media meditations to uncover the story of #SandraBland
and Mary the Mourning Mother of Christ in John 19: 25-27.
church and social media
Still a bit lost on how to jump into online conversations? This glossary created by Ms. Raye Kimberlin, Marketing & Alumni Relations Manager, will familiarize you with the lingo of each platform and help you navigate Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media sites.

Book Talks

In these 2 minute videos professors will share what the book is, who wrote it, and how it influenced them. Videos will be posted weekly during the month of October.

Dr. Charles S. Brown
Dr. Betty Holley
Dr. Michael Miller