Founded in 1925, Palmer Theological Seminary has been located at several sites in Philadelphia but has never wavered from its global vision and dedication to educating leaders who seek to serve the world and the Church holistically. The Seminary is currently located in temporary quarters at the American Baptist Churches/USA headquarters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and operates an academic location in West Virginia. Fourteen diverse, full-time faculty serve the Seminary. These dedicated teachers, scholars, and church leaders are involved in communities of faith and include such distinguished leaders as Dr. Ron Sider (founder of Evangelicals for Social Action) and Dr. Wallace C. Smith (Pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC and Dean of the Wallace Smith School of Christian Ministries). Members of the faculty come from various regions in the United States and from Mexico, Nigeria, Italy, the Philippines, Italy, and Romania. Its 526 students are likewise demographically and culturally diverse. Over half are African American and forty-five percent are female. Our international students represent Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, Hong Kong, Korea, Nigeria, Liberia, Mexico, Russia, and other countries. In 2004, the Seminary remerged with the Eastern University and is now an integral part of the University community.
The Seminary offers the M.Div., MTS, and D.Min degrees and certificate programs through its Eastern School of Christian Ministry. Other institutional elements in the Seminary community include the Priscilla Institute (provides women with access to Eastern University’s BA degree in Organizational Leadership), the Wallace C. Smith School of Christian Ministries (advances the Seminary’s link to the local Church), and Evangelicals for Social Action (advances the cause of biblical justice and holistic ministry).