Church Divinity School of the Pacific

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Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Church Divinity School of the Pacific logo.png
Established 1893
Type Graduate theological seminary
Affiliation Episcopal Church in the United States of America
President W. Mark Richardson
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Location Berkeley, California, United States
Nickname Holy Hill
Affiliations Graduate Theological Union

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) is one of the ten seminaries of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. It is located in Berkeley, California, and is a member of the Graduate Theological Union. The only Episcopal seminary located in the Far West, CDSP has, since 1911, been designated the official seminary of the Episcopal Church's Eighth Province, the Province west of the Rocky Mountains.

CDSP is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and offers a variety of degree and certificate programs aimed at training clergy and lay leaders for ministries in the Anglican Communion.


Church Divinity School of the Pacific was founded in 1893 in San Mateo, California, by the second Episcopal Bishop of California, William Ford Nichols, after the gift of 4 acres (16,000 m2) of land, funds for construction of the first building, and an endowment from George and Augusta Gibbs. Several of the seminary buildings were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the seminary relocated to San Francisco in 1911 to a new building on the grounds of Grace Cathedral.

In 1914, CDSP was declared to be the official seminary of what is now known as Province VIII of the Episcopal Church, which comprises seventeen dioceses of the western United States and Taiwan. A move to Berkeley in 1930 facilitated cooperation with other seminaries in the East Bay, as well as with the University of California, Berkeley. CDSP was one of the founders of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), established in 1962, and is now one of nine member schools and eight affiliated centers in this ecumenical consortium.

Degree programs[edit]

CDSP offers students a variety of degree programs and courses of study. In order to keep up with changes and advances in the Church and in theological education, faculty members continually review curricula and make changes as appropriate. These degree programs include:

Students may enroll in the M.Div. and M.A. programs concurrently. A separate admission process for each program is necessary, as is the completion of all requirements for each degree. Concurrent M.Div./M.A. programs can be completed in no less than four years.

Certificate programs[edit]

Certificates of one, two, or three years of study may be given to non-degree students who have successfully completed the appropriate full academic years. These certificate programs include:

  • Certificate of Anglican Studies (C.A.S) [on campus and low-residence in July]
  • Certificate of Theological Studies (C.T.S) [on campus and online]

Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership (CALL) programs[edit]

The Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership (CALL) offers online courses that address a wide range of subjects including history, theology, spirituality, leadership, pastoral care, liturgy & worship, scripture, and Anglican studies. Courses are suitable for both lay people and clergy. CALL’s instructors come from across the United States, and all courses are reviewed by faculty at CDSP. In 2007, CALL's online courses were featured in an article on Episcopal Life Online.[1]

Affiliated schools[edit]

The Episcopal School for Deacons is on the grounds of the CDSP. This school trains deacons for the Diocese of California.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • L. William Countryman (born 1941), faculty member, biblical scholar
  • Sherman E. Johnson, Dean, faculty member, biblical scholar
  • Massey H. Shepherd (1913-1990), faculty member, liturgical scholar


Specific references:

General references:

  • Robinson, Mary Judith (2001). From Gold Rush to Millennium:150 Years of the Episcopal Diocese of California. San Francisco:Episcopal Diocese of California.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°52′33.78″N 122°15′40.07″W / 37.8760500°N 122.2611306°W / 37.8760500; -122.2611306