John Leland Center for Theological Studies

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John Leland Center for Theological Studies
John Leland Center logo.png
Type Private
Established 1998
Affiliation Baptist
President Mark J. Olson
Academic staff
8
Students 53
Location Arlington, Virginia, United States
Coordinates: 38°53′08″N 77°10′00″W / 38.8856°N 77.1668°W / 38.8856; -77.1668
Website http://www.leland.edu

The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is a Christian institution of higher education, comprising a seminary and a school of ministry.[1] The center's main campus is in Arlington, Virginia, with several satellite locations elsewhere in Virginia.[1] Leland is partnered with the Baptist General Association of Virginia[2] and the District of Columbia Baptist Convention,[3] though the center has ties with a range of denominations and churches.[1][4] Leland is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium.[5]

The center's namesake, John Leland, was an 18th and 19th century Baptist minister in the United States who was a proponent of the separation of church and state[4] and an opponent of theological seminaries.[6]:235

History[edit]

At a 1997 Baptist World Alliance meeting, several Baptist leaders discussed developing the Washington Metropolitan Area's first Baptist seminary.[7][8] These individuals resolved to create the center which began offering classes the next year.[7][8]

Randel Everett, the center's first president, stepped down in late 2006.[4][9] Mark J. Olson became Leland's second president in 2007.[10]

Academics[edit]

Leland Seminary offers the center's graduate courses.[11] The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[12][13] The seminary offers the following ATS-approved degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Christian Leadership, and Master of Theological Studies.[12][14] The seminary also offers a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies.[11]

Leland School of Ministry, based at the center's Hampton Roads, Virginia satellite, offers the center's undergraduate courses and non-traditional programs, including a diploma in theology program.[15] The school partners with Averett University and Hampton University to allow students seeking a bachelor's degree to transfer Leland course credits into those universities' degree programs.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Olson, Mark. "Welcome". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Ministry Partners". Baptist General Association of Virginia. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Partners". District of Columbia Baptist Convention. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ a b c Witham, Larry A. (2005). Who Shall Lead Them?: The Future of Ministry in America. Oxford University Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-19-516697-2. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Member Institutions". Washington Theological Consortium. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  6. ^ Butterfield, L.H. (1952). "Elder John Leland, Jeffersonian Itinerant" (PDF). Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society) 62: 154–252. ISSN 0044-751X. 
  7. ^ a b Brackney, William H. (2008). Congregation and Campus: Baptists in Higher Education. Mercer University Press. pp. 310–11. ISBN 978-0-88146-130-5. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. ^ a b Witham, Larry (August 30, 2002). "Baptist seminary moves into new home". Washington Times (via Internet Archive). Archived from the original on April 7, 2003. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  9. ^ Marus, Robert (August 1, 2006). "Randel Everett to resign from Leland Center in Va.". Associated Baptist Press. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  10. ^ Dilday, Robert (June 14, 2007). "North Carolina pastor named president of Leland Center". Religious Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  11. ^ a b "About Leland Seminary". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  12. ^ a b "Member Schools: John Leland Center for Theological Studies". Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  13. ^ Elliott, Hannah (June 29, 2006). "Leland Center receives accreditation; faculty lauded for 'notable scholarship'". Associated Baptist Press. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  14. ^ White, Jim (March 17, 2009). "John Leland center to offer leadership degree". Religious Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  15. ^ "About Leland School of Ministry". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  16. ^ "Educational Partnerships". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  17. ^ Marus, Robert (October 23, 2007). "Leland Seminary, Hampton University reach undergrad agreement". Associated Baptist Press. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 

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