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JCSTS joins the call for a moral revival to eradicate structural racism.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Art by Nikkolas Smith

Advancing communities of faith, justice, and compassion through innovation in theological education.


Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the nine theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American.


JCSTS' model focuses on 16 core competencies. Individual courses are designed to meet one or more of these competencies. Built into each course are learning activities and assessment tools that a student can complete on her/his own time frame for up to one year from the start date.

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Melva W. Costen Institute for Worship Leadership

Identify your agogic moment and make something happen. Dr. Melva W. Costen Institute for Worship Leadership Music, Media, and Sacred Arts; Classes for Leadership Development Black Church USA Intensive Launched December 2020.


Good Trouble: A Critical Race Theory Colloquy 

This colloquy offers a guide for those who wish to understand and support the underlying tenets of Critical Race Theory in this time when it is under attack in many state and local legislatures and school districts across the country. 


The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr.

Under Paul’s leadership, JCSTS is reinventing itself and has gained prominence in the national conversation about justice, faith, and new models of theological education.


Paul preaches and teaches nationally, and has written for numerous publications. He serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Foundation, Montreat Conference Center, Macedonian Ministry Inc, and NEXT Church. For podcasts, Youtube videos, and messages click below.


"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."



Justice Foundations

The Justice Foundations Series (JFS) provides an initial overview of key concepts to explore the intersections between social justice, faith-based action, and congregational life. This material is designed for self-directed, individual Learning Partners (traditionally called students), and adult education, bible study or youth group meetings and retreats.  

Drum Major For Justice

The Drum Major for Justice Certificate in Public Theology is built on a faith and justice foundation. Explore the history of the Black Church, the development of Black Liberation Theology, and the evolution of BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) -Led liberation movements of today. 


Hope & Health

Resources specially curated to increase health awareness and support communities during the pandemic.


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Johnson C. Smith
Theological Seminary

1328 Peachtree Street NE 
Atlanta, GA 30309 

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