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John Leland Center for Theological Studies

John Leland Center for Theological Studies
Established 1998
Type Private
Religious affiliation Baptist
President Mark J. Olson
Location Arlington, Virginia, United States
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]

History

At a 1997 Baptist World Alliance meeting, several Baptist leaders discussed developing the Washington Metropolitan Area's first Baptist seminary.[6][7] These individuals resolved to create the center which began offering classes the next year.[6][7]

Randel Everett, the center's first president, stepped down in late 2006.[4][8] Mark J. Olson became Leland's second president in 2007.[9]

Academics

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

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.[14] 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.[15][16]

References

  1. ^ a b c Olson, Mark. "Welcome". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Ministry Partners".  
  3. ^ "Partners".  
  4. ^ a b c Witham, Larry A. (2005). Who Shall Lead Them?: The Future of Ministry in America.  
  5. ^ "Member Institutions".  
  6. ^ a b  
  7. ^ a b Witham, Larry (August 30, 2002). "Baptist seminary moves into new home".  
  8. ^ Marus, Robert (August 1, 2006). "Randel Everett to resign from Leland Center in Va.".  
  9. ^ Dilday, Robert (June 14, 2007). "North Carolina pastor named president of Leland Center". Religious Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  10. ^ a b "About Leland Seminary". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  11. ^ a b "Member Schools: John Leland Center for Theological Studies".  
  12. ^ Elliott, Hannah (June 29, 2006). "'"Leland Center receives accreditation; faculty lauded for 'notable scholarship. Associated Baptist Press. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  13. ^ White, Jim (March 17, 2009). "John Leland center to offer leadership degree". Religious Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  14. ^ "About Leland School of Ministry". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  15. ^ "Educational Partnerships". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  16. ^ Marus, Robert (October 23, 2007). "Leland Seminary, Hampton University reach undergrad agreement". Associated Baptist Press. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 

External links

  • Official website
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