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John Leland Center for Theological Studies
Established 1998
Type Private
Religious affiliation Baptist
President Dr. Mark J. Olson
Location Falls Church, Virginia, United States
Coordinates: 38°53′08″N 77°10′00″W / 38.8856°N 77.1668°W / 38.8856; -77.1668
Website www.leland.edu

The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is a Christian institution of higher education, comprising a seminary and a school of ministry.[1] The center offers classes in Falls Church, Virginia, and at several satellite locations throughout Virginia.[1] Leland is a ministry partner with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, though the center has ties with a range of denominations and churches.[1][2][3] Leland is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium.[4]

The center's namesake, John Leland, was an 18th and 19th Century Baptist minister in the United States who was a proponent of the separation of church and state.[3]

History

At a 1997 Baptist World Alliance meeting, several Baptist leaders discussed developing the Washington Metropolitan Area's first Baptist seminary.[5][6] These individuals resolved to create the center which began offering classes the next year.[5][6]

Randel Everett, the center's first president, stepped down in late 2006.[3][7] Mark J. Olson became Leland's second president in 2007.[8]

Academics

Leland Seminary offers the center's graduate courses.[9] The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[10][11] The seminary offers the following ATS-approved degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, and Master of Theological Studies.[10][12] The seminary also offers a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.[9]

Leland School of Ministry, based at the center's Hampton Roads, Virginia satellite, offers the center's undergraduate courses and non-traditional programs, including a diploma in theology program.[13] The school partners with Averett University and Hampton University to allow students seeking a bachelor's degree to transfer Leland course credits into those universities' degree programs.[14][15]

References

  1. ^ a b c Olson, Mark. "Welcome". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. http://www.leland.edu/about.php. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Ministry Partners". Baptist General Association of Virginia. http://www.vbmb.org/partners.cfm. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  3. ^ a b c Witham, Larry A. (2005). Who Shall Lead Them?: The Future of Ministry in America. Oxford University Press. p. 97. ISBN 9780195166972. http://books.google.com/books?isbn=9780195166972. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Member Institutions". Washington Theological Consortium. http://www.washtheocon.org/members.html. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  5. ^ a b Brackney, William H. (2008). Congregation and Campus: Baptists in Higher Education. Mercer University Press. pp. 310-11. ISBN 9780881461305. http://books.google.com/books?id=wq8w4rJ4Am8C. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  6. ^ a b Witham, Larry (30 August 2002). "Baptist seminary moves into new home". Washington Times (via Internet Archive). http://web.archive.org/web/20030407185236/http://washingtontimes.com/national/20020830-22093993.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  7. ^ Marus, Robert (01 August 2006). "Randel Everett to resign from Leland Center in Va.". Associated Baptist Press. http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1395&Itemid=119. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. ^ Dilday, Robert (14 June 2007). "North Carolina pastor named president of Leland Center". Religious Herald. http://www.religiousherald.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1558&Itemid=112. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  9. ^ a b "About Leland Seminary". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. http://www.leland.edu/about_seminary.php. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  10. ^ a b "Member Schools: John Leland Center for Theological Studies". Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. http://www.ats.edu/MemberSchools/Pages/SchoolDetail.aspx?ID=111. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  11. ^ Elliott, Hannah (29 June 2006). "Leland Center receives accreditation; faculty lauded for 'notable scholarship'". Associated Baptist Press. http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1288&Itemid=119. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  12. ^ White, Jim (17 March 2009). "John Leland center to offer leadership degree". Religious Herald. http://www.religiousherald.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3256&Itemid=53. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  13. ^ "About Leland School of Ministry". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. http://www.leland.edu/about_leland.php. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  14. ^ "Educational Partnerships". John Leland Center for Theological Studies. http://www.leland.edu/partnership.php. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  15. ^ Marus, Robert (23 October 2007). "Leland Seminary, Hampton University reach undergrad agreement". Associated Baptist Press. http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2931&Itemid=120. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 

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