Invitation to Preparation

These are exciting times to be at Palmer Theological Seminary. Our merger with Eastern University is complete; we have hired new faculty in the areas of Historical Theology, Old Testament and New Testament, persons who are spiritually centered and academically accomplished; and we enjoy outstanding enrollment in all programs with record numbers of African Americans and Female students. Never at any time in our history has the motto "The Whole Gospel for the Whole World through Whole Persons" been more applicable than it is today.

In this post September 11th world, and in the wake of the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies, the world is more anxious and reactive than it has been in many years. With the threat of terrorism having landed on our shores, and the burgeoning gap between the world's wealthiest and poorest escalating, the challenges facing the church are enormous. We must prepare church leaders to have discerning spirits, compassionate hearts, a passion for justice, and a clear sense of moral and relational boundaries. At Palmer Theological Seminary there is a faculty, staff and student body that makes all of the above a priority. This, of course, comes about through a deep commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Without His sacrifice, His blood and His grace we could not begin to address the formidable task of witnessing, teaching and preaching to such a dangerous, frightening world. Paul said it best, "We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us."

In these next pages we will introduce you to a community that is vibrant, alive and on fire in its commitment to sharing the "Good News of Jesus Christ." Our academic degree programs provide a rich variety of offerings for those called to the pulpit, the classroom or other specialized areas of ministry.

Our curriculum promotes transformational ministry. We believe that the commission of Matthew 28 is to make "disciples," by going into the world, teaching and baptizing. The result of this bold action is not preserving ministry as the status quo, but challenging men and women of every society to accept the high ethical and moral standards set down by the cross. We invite you to come along with us to this exciting adventure of faith, hope and love.

Wallace Charles Smith