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Erskine Theological Seminary

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MottoFor Christ and His Church.
TypeTheological Seminary
DeanRalph J. Gore
Academic staff
Location, ,
34°19′53″N 82°23′25″W / 34.33139°N 82.39028°W / 34.33139; -82.39028
ColorsMaroon, Old Gold          
AffiliationsAssociate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, SACS

Erskine Theological Seminary is an institution of graduate theological and pastoral education. The Seminary is based in Due West, South Carolina, United States, and also offers classes at four extension sites in the region: Augusta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina. It is in the conservative Presbyterian tradition, and primarily prepares candidates for ordained Christian ministry. The Seminary – founded in 1837 – is now the graduate arm of Erskine College, a liberal arts college established in 1839 and affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Notable events

Erskine Theological Seminary is known for the development of "The Erskine Declaration," which was a proclamation of students enrolled at Erskine declaring that racial segregation was inappropriate for most Christian congregations. It became a pattern for declarations from several other seminary student bodies in the 1980s and 1990s.[citation needed]

On April 22, 2011, five members of the Erskine College and Seminary faculties issued a Good Friday Statement addressing toleration of neo-orthodoxy among the Seminary faculty and supporting their understanding of the Bible as "inerrant in the original autographs" as the official position of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.[1]

Degree programs[2]

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (M.A.P.M)
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S)
  • Master of Theology (Th.M.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)


  1. ^ "Statement on Scripture by Concerned Erskine Faculty Members". reformation21. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Degrees". Erskine Theological Seminary. Erskine Theological Seminary. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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