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The Pursuit of Justice

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

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

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

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Lead Change

Lead Change is a 10-month Certificate Program in Community Faith Formation that addresses the unique challenges of ministry leadership in our time. Become a leader in the Decolonizing the Church movement by developing skills and practices that effectively counter systemic oppression and white supremacy. 

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. 

The State of Music In the Black Church

21st Century Perspectives:

A Virtual Symposium

A three-day conversation intended to establish The Costen Institute Branded Perspective on the value of Traditional Music in Black Church Worship. We will assess the current state of Black Church Music priorities that have fueled the drift from that value system, as well as provide informational resources to the gathered community in matters of Worship Leadership and Preparation. 

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In commemoration of its 155th anniversary year, JCSTS is inviting you to join its 1550 Partners Fund! Gifts to this fund will be used for student recruitment and support. As a 1550 Partner, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your dollars are helping equip persons to serve Christ at the intersection of faith and justice. This yearlong commemoration ends April 30, 2023, but don't wait. Make your gift today! Thank you!


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.  



Isaiah 58:12 reads, "And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in."


What does it mean to be "the repairer of the breach?" JCSTS has received funding from prominent national foundations including the Ford Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation to explore this question.

Good Trouble Colloquy Series 

The Honorable John Lewis was a United States Congressman, leader, and icon for more than five decades. As such, he encouraged people of good will to “speak up, speak out, get in good trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” In honor of Rev. John Lewis, JCSTS' Good Trouble Colloquy series equips ordinary persons to exercise their faith in the public sphere. 



Trusted Space for Safe Conversations in Ongoing Pandemic Times

Join JCSTS and our partners for the next virtual event slated for Friday, April 14 at 8PM EST. Please click below to register.


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 5 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.

"Education is a by-product of relationships."



The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts, Sr.

Paul is the President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. Recently described as a “change agent with a pastoral presence,” Paul now is in his 14th year as the seminary’s leader making him one of the longest serving seminary presidents in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has a wide-ranging professional background including advertising, design, and pastoral ministry. He describes his service to the Church, first as small church pastor and now as a seminary president, as the work of his life. 

Paul speaks nationally and has written for numerous publications. He is a Trustee of the Presbyterian Foundation and is an advisor to several other faith-based organizations. Paul is a 2022 recipient of the Gospel Music Legend Award for his ministry in the arena of Christian worship.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Johnson C. Smith
Theological Seminary

1328 Peachtree Street NE 
Atlanta, GA 30309 
(470) 851-4394  |

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