John Leland Center for Theological Studies

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John Leland Center for Theological Studies
John Leland Center logo.png
TypePrivate
Established1998
AffiliationBaptist
PresidentRev. Dr. William H. Smith
Academic staff
8
Students53
Location, ,
Coordinates: 38°53′08″N 77°10′00″W / 38.8856°N 77.1668°W / 38.8856; -77.1668
Websitehttp://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. The center's main campus is in Arlington, Virginia, with several satellite locations elsewhere in Virginia. Leland is partnered with the Baptist General Association of Virginia[1] and the District of Columbia Baptist Convention,[2] though the center has ties with a range of denominations and churches.[3][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

Academics[edit]

Leland Seminary offers the center's graduate courses.[7] The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[8][9] The seminary offers the following ATS-approved degrees: Master of Divinity[10], Master of Divinity/Leadership Studies[11], Master of Theological Studies[8][12], and Master of Christian Leadership[13]. The seminary also offers a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies[14] and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies.[15][16]

The Leland School of Ministry[17] provides accessible evening classes taught at the undergraduate level for individuals who seek to become better prepared for Christian ministry, but are looking for a non-traditional option. Many have been called later in life and are already serving in church positions as their “second vocation.” The School of Ministry curriculum explores the biblical and theological foundations of our faith, while equipping students in essential practical ministry skills. Our faculty are quintessential pastor-theologians, who are able to teach from the depths of their academic and pastoral experience.

The School of Ministry’s flagship program is the Diploma in Theology[18]. Students who wish to study and learn without the need for academic credit can take classes as an Audit Student.

Faculty[edit]

The Academic Dean is John Lee. Full-time Faculty are Daniel Carro, Professor of Divinity; Daniel Dapaah, Associate Professor of Divinity; Andrey Shirin, Director of Transformational Leadership/Associate Professor of Divinity; and Tarmo Toom, Associate Professor of Divinity. Program Directors are Gary Carnahan, Hampton Roads Site Director; Bryan Jones, Ministry Rotations Director; Trisha Miller Manarin, Supervised Ministry Director; Jim Melson, Spiritual Formation Program Director; and Gareth Murray, Arlington Diploma Program Director. Adjunct Professors are Amy Brereton, Early Childhood Education; Robert Cochran, Missiology & Baptist History; Troy Cudworth, Biblical Languages; Leonard Edloe, Christian Ethics; Samuel Feemster, Spirituality & Law Enforcement; James Hamacher, Ministry Formation; Mark Harris, World Religions & Culture; Joshua James, Old Testament; and La Verne Wilson-McLaughlin, Ministry Formation.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministry Partners". Baptist General Association of Virginia. Archived from the original on June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  2. ^ "Partners". District of Columbia Baptist Convention. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  3. ^ Olson, Mark. "Welcome". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  4. ^ a b 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. ^ "About Leland Seminary". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  8. ^ a b "Member Schools: John Leland Center for Theological Studies". Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  9. ^ Elliott, Hannah (June 29, 2006). "Leland Center receives accreditation; faculty lauded for 'notable scholarship'". Associated Baptist Press. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  10. ^ leland4582DRZN (2016-09-27). "Master of Divinity | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  11. ^ leland4582DRZN (2017-01-06). "Master of Divinity/Leadership Studies | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  12. ^ leland4582DRZN (2016-09-27). "Master of Theological Studies | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  13. ^ leland4582DRZN (2016-09-27). "Master of Christian Leadership | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  14. ^ leland4582DRZN (2016-09-27). "Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  15. ^ White, Jim (March 17, 2009). "John Leland center to offer leadership degree". Religious Herald. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  16. ^ leland4582DRZN (2016-09-27). "Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  17. ^ leland4582DRZN (2016-09-27). "School of Ministry Overview | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  18. ^ leland4582DRZN (2016-09-27). "Diploma In Theology Program | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  19. ^ leland4582DRZN (2017-03-02). "Faculty | John Leland Center". Retrieved 2019-02-13.

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