Academy of the New Church Theological School

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Bryn Athyn College of the New Church Theological School
Type Theological school
Established 1879
Endowment $230.0 million[1]
Academic staff
21
Students 9
Location Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA
Website www.ancts.org

Bryn Athyn College of the New Church Theological School is a seminary specializing in New Church theology and located in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

The Theological School is a part of Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, which was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on November 3, 1877 as the Academy of the New Church. The charter of the Academy was altered on January 1, 1879 to authorize it to confer degrees and diplomas.[2]

Originally located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Academy was relocated at the turn of the 20th century to what was then the countryside near Philadelphia, in Montgomery County. Funding from PPG Industries founder John Pitcairn enabled the construction of the new campus.[3]

The Theological School's stated mission is "to support the Lord's presence among people by preparing men for the priesthood of the New Church. The primary focus of this school is on training men to serve as pastors in the General Church of the New Jerusalem. This school will also help provide for the continuing development of priests, and for graduate-level instruction of lay people in New Church doctrine."[2]

The Theological School has been accredited by the Middle States Association since 1952. This accreditation was reaffirmed most recently in 2003.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 1, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Academy of the New Church Theological School". Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved Dec 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Academy of the New Church". The Academy of the New Church. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved Nov 24, 2008.