Partners in Funding Mission

Seminary Support Network

The TEF Seminary Support Network is an essential partnership in promoting the Theological Education Fund (TEF) and for helping churches across the denomination understand the importance of theological education through our Presbyterian seminaries. One of the first networks in the reunited PC(USA), the Seminary Support Network adapts to meet the needs of changing constituents and governing bodies. The current Network includes two deployed groups of ambassadors.

TEF Local Advocates: The voluntary resource persons serve as liaisons between local areas and often entire presbyteries and national offices in support of theological education. They interpret the TEF and lift up the importance of theological education among PC(USA) congregations.

TEF Regional Consultants: These representatives identify, coach, and equip local TEF advocates as they make the case for the TEF among congregations in their networks alongside national staff including regional Ministry Relations Officers of the Presbyterian Foundation.

Each Network member holds a profound appreciation of the seminaries and the work they do. Their enthusiasm and ability to engage others in supporting and celebrating theological education is greatly appreciated by seminaries and churches alike.
Learn from a few current and former Network members why theological education matters:

  David Stipp-Bethune, Teaching Elder, El Dorado, Arkansas
By giving to TEF we support our churches’ ministry and its future by helping our church keep its commitment to assuring that Christ’s ministry continues among us always. Won’t you join me in supporting the work of our seminaries and TEF?
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  Liz McDowell, Ruling Elder, Westernville, New York
Sometimes loving God with one’s mind is forgotten, but among Presbyterians, mind has been valued. We recognize that theology can be defined as “faith seeking understanding.” Read More
  Susan Cornman, Ruling Elder, Arvada, Colorado
The gift given now becomes a stake in the future. 
I believe in the future. Read More
  Rev. Al Gephart
I serve with the Seminary Support Network because I believe in the need of an informed and creative clergy. Read More
  Ann Hayman, Teaching Elder, Santa Monica, California
Our seminaries are institutions poised to equip women and men called to ministries of preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and social justice.  At the same time our seminaries engage the needs of the church and the wider world in a host of caring and creative ways. Read More
  Mike Foster, Teaching Elder, Phoenix, Oregon
But yet, as much as they (we) hold on to these stories of God’s presents, we have difficulty believing God’s presence in the reality of our stories; we can hardly see (let alone believe) our presence within God’s story. Read More
  Catrelia Steele Hunter, Ruling Elder, Cleveland, North Carolina
I believe that when we support seminaries, we are supporting the transformation and creation of congregations and communities that witness to the Goodness of God by loving and serving God's people. Read More
  Matthew Sauer, Teaching Elder, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
I support the TEF because without Theological Education we would be striving in vain to be Christ to this broken world. Read More
  Jeffrey Sumner, Teaching Elder, Daytona Beach Shores, FL
I am a wholehearted advocate for our Presbyterian seminaries. As a PC(USA) pastor, I have held various positions in our presbytery  Read More


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