Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

President's Welcome

Welcome to Pittsburgh Seminary!

We are a community of faith and learning, dedicated to the formation of women and men for Christian ministry. We are committed to living, learning, and worshiping together in ways that illustrate God’s generosity and hospitality. I invite you to join us!

At the heart of our community is the commitment to be part of God’s work in the world, especially the work of tearing down walls that divide. As in Ephesians 2: Christ came proclaiming peace, broke down the dividing wall of hostility, and created in himself one new humanity. He preached peace to all of us—both those far off and those near—so that now we are “no longer strangers and aliens, but . . . members of the household of God.” As members of the body of Christ, we are called to be part of this work of dismantling walls of division, whether caused by race, class, culture, or theological perspective. Just as it is the nature [though sadly not always the reality] of the Church to be undivided and to be the place where everyone is to feel at home, you will be very welcome at Pittsburgh Seminary.

You will find that we are a community of quite different individuals, yet with shared commitments: to seeking God’s justice and peace, to bearing witness to the love and mercy made known in Jesus Christ, and to listening for the voice of the Spirit in all we do. We know that God’s voice is often heard through those around us—and so we look forward to hearing where you have seen God’s work in the world. You will find that we are a community where listening and learning are valued as much as teaching.

I invite you to join us. You might begin by exploring these pages where you will find information about our several degree programs, continuing education and certificate opportunities, our research and writing, and our ministry and service in Pittsburgh, the region, and many parts of the world. You will find great variety, as we participate in God’s work in many different ways.

We look forward to welcoming you—in person, on campus, or online; to pursue a degree or take advantage of continuing education; to visit the Barbour Library or Kelso Museum; to join us for daily worship (11:30 a.m., Monday-Thursday during the academic year); to pray with us and for us.

Please feel free to contact any of us with questions, comments, suggestions, or just to be in touch. I would be especially happy to hear from you: desterline@pts.edu or 412-924-1366—or simply stop by when you are in the neighborhood. You will find my door open.


David Esterline
President and Professor of Cross-Cultural Theological Education