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Emmanuel School of Religion is a graduate theological seminary near Johnson City, Tennessee. It was founded in 1965 in conjunction with Milligan College, to which it maintains a close, fraternal relationship. The seminary is on a hill overlooking the Milligan campus.

The school offers three degrees: the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.), the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.). It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada to award masters and doctoral degrees. Support for the school comes largely from Christian Churches and Churches of Christ throughout the United States, as well as some congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Churches of Christ.

Emmanuel has a reputation for preparing students for further academic work, especially for studies toward terminal degrees in theology and philosophy, but has made strides in recent years toward strengthening its program of practical preparation for congregational ministry. The vast majority of its graduates serve in preaching ministry, campus ministry, teaching ministry, or missions among ministries, congregations, and institutions of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.

Campus

The campus includes three main buildings:

  • The B.D. Phillips Memorial Building houses the library, classrooms, administration offices, chapel, and an auditorium. It was built in 1971.
  • The Algrhim Carriage House houses the physical plant and storage.
  • The Emmanuel Village, the student housing complex, includes 42 townhouse apartments for students and the Thompson Community Center, a gathering place for the student body, guest housing for visitors, and the Emmanuel Institutes.

The whole campus overlooks the Milligan College campus and the Appalachian Mountains.

Faculty and student body

  • Michael Leroy Sweeney, President
  • Rollin A. Ramsaran, Dean and Professor of New Testament
  • Thomas E. Stokes, Librarian and Professor of Bibliography and Research
  • Jason A. Bembry, Associate Professor of Old Testament
  • Paul M. Blowers, Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History
  • Samuel Kiptalai Elolia, Professor of Christian Doctrine and World Christianity
  • Jack B. Holland, Dean, Professor of Christian Care and Counseling; Director of D.Min. Program
  • Robert F. Hull, Jr., Professor of New Testament
  • Thomas F. Jones, Jr., Russell F. and Marian J. Professor of Christian Ministries
  • Miriam Y. Perkins, Assistant Professor of Theology and Society
  • Christopher A. Rollston, Toyozo W. Nakari Professor of Old Testament
  • John E. Wasem, Director of the Emmanuel Institutes; Faculty of Christian Ministries
  • Teresa D. Welch, Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Director of Institutional Research

The student body is roughly 120 students, mostly pursuing masters degrees and mostly coming from the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, though an increasing number of students from the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Baptist Churches, and the United Methodist Church have studied there in recent years.

The school's unofficial mascot is the Fighting Emu.

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