Evangelical Seminary announces collaboration with Huntington University
October 27, 2016
MYERSTOWN, Penn. — Evangelical Theological Seminary has announced a year-long collaboration with Huntington University of Huntington, Ind. The goal of the collaboration is to determine if the needs of both institutions can be better met by integrating the faculty, staff and students of Evangelical Seminary into Huntington University.
“As an alumnus of both institutions, and as a United Brethren minister, I cannot imagine a better alignment of academic ministries than that which is being forged between Huntington University and Evangelical Seminary,” said Dr. Anthony Blair, Evangelical Seminary’s president. “What excites me most, however, is imagining how we can together serve the Church more fully and more creatively than either organization could do alone. I look forward to what God has in store for this collaboration.”
Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana near the city of Fort Wayne. Huntington University has a historically strong relationship with Evangelical Seminary with many United Brethren in Christ pastors having received advanced degrees from the seminary.
“Huntington University is excited about the opportunity to intentionally engage in a year of collaborative conversations as to a more clearly defined shared future with Evangelical Seminary. We are blessed to have had many graduates pursue advanced degrees there, as well as the honor of having three graduates serve as the seminary’s president,” stated Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University.
Evangelical was founded as the Evangelical Congregational School of Theology in 1953. While originally organized to prepare men for ministry, the seminary now welcomes both male and female faculty and students from many evangelical backgrounds and denominations. Over the years Evangelical has expanded programs and teaching sites within the nearby cities of Lancaster and Harrisburg.
Although the original courses only applied to pastoral ministry within a local congregational setting, the scope of programs now offered include pastoral ministry, leadership, marriage and family therapy, spiritual formation, and academic studies. The collaboration with Huntington University arose from an intentional strategic planning process for the Seminary initiated by its Board of Trustees in 2014.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Evangelical is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA), Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Evangelical Seminary is the only explicitly faith-based COAMFTE accredited marriage and family therapy program on the whole Eastern seaboard.