Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary

Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary

The Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS) is one of nine theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American.  

JCSTS is an online seminary with a model that focuses on 16 core competencies. Individual courses are designed to meet one or more of these competencies. JCSTS’ goal is to advance the Beloved Community through the vital and life-giving message of Love, Justice, and Peace. 

SPC and JCSTS are collaborating on the Matthew 25 Initiative curriculum. The Matthew 25 Initiative derives from the Bible verses of Matthew 25, which invites Christians to actively engage in the world around them so that their faith comes alive. Inspired by this passage, the courses were created to open the minds and the hearts of participants. Participants are asked to act boldly and compassionately to serve hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor people.