Since its formation in Richmond, VA, in 1812, Union Presbyterian Seminary has provided education for Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, and engaged with contemporary life. Our graduates serve as pastors of Christian congregations, directors of Christian education, chaplains, international mission workers, social workers, camp directors, and professors of Bible, theology, or religious studies at colleges, universities, and seminaries. Union Presbyterian Seminary occupies a 56-acre campus in historic Ginter Park in Richmond’s Northside, with classroom buildings, a mix of student housing options, landscaped grounds, and one of the finest theological libraries in the United States. The campus is on the national historic registry. Worship is held several times a week when classes are in session. Students organize and lead worship, with additional participation and leadership from faculty, alumni, and staff. In addition, the community participates in meals, formal and informal fellowship gatherings, lectures and discussions, community service opportunities, social events, and athletic programs. Students are encouraged to become involved in the life of local congregations.
We provide a variety of degree programs for those seeking to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Both the Richmond and Charlotte campuses offer the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.), a dual degrees option (M.Div./M.A.C.E), and in fall 2019 a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree. The Richmond campus also offers the Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree, Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.), and a Blended Learning Program (M.A.C.E.) option that combines learning in one’s home setting with intensive on-campus sessions in Richmond.
Our faculty have given the institution a reputation for excellence. These scholars, teachers, and preachers express a profound and vital Christian faith, and have written hundreds of books, articles, and curricula that have an important effect on the life of the contemporary Christian church. Brian K. Blount, our president, is a leading scholar of the New Testament. We have approximately 180 students enrolled in programs to prepare for ministry as pastors, educators, and scholars in service to the church.