Reformed Episcopal Seminary

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Reformed Episcopal Seminary
The Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church
Motto We are ambitious to be well-pleasing unto Him.
Established 1886
Type Theological Seminary
Chancellor David L. Hicks (bishop)
Dean Jonathan S. Riches
Academic staff 17
Admin. staff 5
Students 40
Location Blue Bell, PA, USA
Campus Suburban (Philadelphia)
Colors Grey, Blue

Theological Commission of the Reformed Episcopal Church

Association of Theological Schools

The Reformed Episcopal Seminary was founded in 1887 in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church, a denomination that had split from the Episcopal Church in opposition to the Oxford Movement. [1] The corner stone for the first building to house the Seminary was laid on September 19 of that same year. [1] The seminary offers a Master of Divinity (MDiv) program as well as programs leading to certificates in a variety of theological fields. A diploma program is available for a limited number of students without an undergraduate degree. The Seminary also offers a Licentiate in Diaconal Ministry Program and a Deaconess Program.

The charter of The Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church declares that the Seminary was formed “for the purpose of educating and training men for the ministry of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ especially in connection with the Reformed Episcopal Church and in accordance with the Constitution, Canons, rules, regulations, principles, Doctrine, and worship of said Church.” The mission statement of the Seminary states that it seeks "to train Christ’s people to serve the flock of the Lord Jesus Christ through biblical, Anglican Worship, Example, and Discipleship as defined in the official standards of the Reformed Episcopal Church... and to immerse students in Scripture, the historical and ancient traditions of the church, worship, and doctrine." The Seminary emphasizes what they describe as "classical Anglicanism lived out in the world through worship, evangelism, and discipleship." [2]

The Seminary further describes itself as Evangelical, Catholic, Reformed, Ecumenical and Episcopal, defining the terms this way:

  • Catholic - affirming the faith of the apostles as expressed through the early creeds, and liturgy;
  • Reformed - holding the English Reformation doctrines of the primacy of Scripture and justification by grace through faith;
  • Ecumenical - welcoming students from a variety of church groups and backgrounds;

The Seminary's student body is approximately half African American and half Caucasian. Students come from a variety of traditions including African Methodist Episcopal, Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Church of God, Congregational, Lutheran and Presbyterian.

Reformed Episcopal Seminary was granted initial accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, effective August 8, 2013.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Acker, Raymond A. A History of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary: 1886-1964, p. 12
  2. ^ "Student Handbook". Retrieved 9 Aug 2014. 
  3. ^ "Reformed Episcopal Seminary: Heritage and Purpose". 
  4. ^ "member schools: Reformed Episcopal Seminary". Association of Theological Schools. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.