Huntington University has announced a year-long collaboration with Evangelical Seminary of Myerstown, Penn. The goal of the collaboration is to determine if the needs of both institutions can be better met by integrating the faculty, staff and students of Evangelical Seminary into Huntington University.
Evangelical Seminary, located in south-central Pennsylvania, was founded as the Evangelical Congregational School of Theology in 1953. While originally organized to prepare men for ministry, the seminary now welcomes both male and female faculty and students from many evangelical backgrounds and denominations.
Over the years, Evangelical has expanded programs and teaching sites within the nearby cities of Lancaster and Harrisburg. Although the original courses only applied to pastoral ministry within a local congregational setting, the scope of programs now offered include pastoral ministry, leadership, practical ministry, marriage and family therapy, spiritual formation, missions, and academic studies.
“Huntington University is excited about the opportunity to intentionally engage in a year of collaborative conversations as to a more clearly defined shared future with Evangelical Seminary. We are blessed to have had many graduates pursue advanced degrees there, as well as the honor of having three graduates serve as the seminary’s president,” Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, said in a statement.
“As an alumnus of both institutions, and as a United Brethren minister, I cannot imagine a better alignment of academic ministries than that which is being forged between Huntington University and Evangelical Seminary,” Anthony Blair, Evangelical Seminary’s president, said in a statement. “What excites me most, however, is imagining how we can together serve the Church more fully and more creatively than either organization could do alone. I look forward to what God has in store for this collaboration.”