About Leland Seminary
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is named for the influential 18th century Virginia Baptist leader, John Leland, who is noteworthy for his opposition to slavery, his defense of freedom of the Gospel, and his advocacy in the cause of religious liberty.
Leland was founded in 1998 and offers classes in Northern Virginia, and several other locations throughout Virginia. Leland is a broadly evangelical, pan-Baptist institution whose students and faculty have ties to a wide array of denominations and churches. Leland Seminary was fully accredited to award its masters degrees by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)* in 2006. Leland is also a member of the prestigious Washington Theological Consortium.
Leland Seminary houses the graduate programs for The John Leland Center for Theological Studies. The graduate degrees offered are the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Master in Christian Leadership. For those who are not interested in pursuing a graduate degree, but are working in a ministerial position that requires a broader background in theology, Leland Seminary offers a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies as well as a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.
Leland was founded to address the needs of local churches. Before Leland’s inception, many Baptist and other evangelical students in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area had to leave their local churches, communities, and jobs to go to other regions of the country for theological education. Leland’s curriculum was designed to allow current and future ministers and leaders to stay in the area to receive ministerial and leadership preparation. Leland offers courses in the evening and on weekends to accommodate the demands of full-time professionals without sacrificing academic rigor or quality.
Leland places great value on teacher/practitioners who are well qualified academically but also serve as pastors, educators, and leaders in local churches and ministries. This emphasis causes Leland to be ever mindful of the demands of local ministry and to maintain a consistent relationship with partner churches.
Leland’s cutting-edge curriculum and international faculty are well suited for today’s multi-cultural environment. Leland boasts one of the most ethnically and racially diverse student bodies among area seminaries, united to advance the Kingdom. Leland is a place to study God’s Word and prepare for ministry with brothers and sisters from a wide range of churches.
Leland strives to keep costs low and scholarships accessible while maintaining high academic standards. As the most affordable accredited seminary in the area, Leland provides a great value for students.
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Statement of Institutional Effectiveness:
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies effectively prepares its students to serve as leaders of local Christian churches and Christian ministries for the global ministry of Jesus Christ. Currently 87. 5% of our recent graduates serve as leaders in local Christian churches and/or Christian ministries.
*The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States
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