Theological seminaries prepare and sustain our pastors, missionaries, educators, and lay leaders. Seminaries also provide theological and biblical research and resources critical to the vitality and growth of the whole Church. The need for financial support continues to increase:

Typical Seminary Annual Operating Budgets

  • Receive only 10% from the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Are dependent on annual gifts from individual churches and church members for 30%
  • Need 30% from tuition and fees
  • Use endowment income and grants to cover 30%
  • Face substantial annual increase in all expenses

Typical Full Time Seminarians

  • Are paying at least $10,000 To $15,000 in tuition and fees annually
  • Are faced with annual increases in tuition and fees
  • Are dependent on scholarships and outside work
  • Graduate with significant personal debt

In recent years, Potomac Presbyterian Church has provided financial assistance to students at:

McCormick Theological Seminary

McCormick has “a long tradition of urban ministry concerns and serves the church of Jesus Christ with a deep understanding and respect for the multi- and cross-cultural needs of the current and future church.” PPC has supported the Doctoral Level Student Aid Fund at McCormick for many years in honor of Rev. Kerry Stoltzfus, Pastor Emeritus, who earned his doctorate degree at McCormick. Pastors Sean Miller and Kendra Grams are both graduates of McCormick Theological Seminary.

Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton Theological Seminary “prepares men and women to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide.” PPC has supported Princeton for many years in honor of Rev. Tom Miles, Parish Advisor Emerius

Wesley Theological Seminary

Wesley is a place of mission-hearted people and mission-minded scholarship for a mission-centered church. Located in Washington, D.C., it is one of the largest and the most diverse seminaries in the world. Members of just one graduating class will minister to more than half a million people. The combination of its size, theological position, international reach and location puts Wesley in a unique place to affect the church for the next generation.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Since it’s founding, Gordon-Conwell has had as part of its mission, “The raising up of a new generation of Christian leaders with a burning love for Jesus.” PPC has supported Gordon-Conwell for many years. The Kerry L. Stoltzfus Scholarship at Gordon-Conwell for Master of Divinity students was established in 2000 in honor of Rev. Kerry Stoltzfus, Pastor Emeritus, who graduated from Gordon-Conwell in 1970.

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Union Presbyterian Seminary offers nine degree programs to prepare men and women for service to the church as pastors, Christian educators, chaplains, youth leaders, scholars and other forms of ministry. PPC has supported Union-PSCE for many years.