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Theological Education Fund (TEF)

The Theological Education Fund is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s best hope of ensuring the church of Christ is prepared to serve long into the future. The fund is housed at the Presbyterian Foundation and is the sole source of denomination-wide funding for seminaries from the PC(USA).

We rely on donations from Synods, Presbyteries, congregations and individuals to continue our legacy of support. Gifts to this fund help ensure every church has a seminary-trained pastor.

Seminaries are good stewards of the funds we provide. Research shows that 91 percent of Presbyterian seminary graduates are employed in the fields they’ve been called to serve in within one year. Presbyterian seminary graduates also have less debt than their peers at other seminaries, giving them more flexibility to follow the call of God, no matter where it might lead.

We need these graduates – and need more to see a clear path to seminary. Out of the current clergy serving in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations, 85 percent will likely retire in the next decade. The next generation of seminarians is energized, enthusiastic and ready to serve, and it is our vision to use the Theological Education Fund to buoy their service to the church.

Any gift is welcome! Once our donations are collected each year, the Committee on Theological Education proportionately allocates the funds to ensure each school receives a fair share.

If you’d like to know more about the Theological Education Fund, contact Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director, Theological Education Funds Development at

Why Support Future Ministers?





Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
PittsburghTheological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey
San FranciscoTheological Seminary, San Anselmo, California
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina
and in covenant with
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, New York
Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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