The Graduate School of Theology (GST) prepares students for deep theological engagement, transformational impact, and active leadership in public life. It is the result of a merger between San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) and the University of Redlands, with a shared commitment to core values and academic excellence.
The GST includes San Francisco Theological Seminary, Shaw Chaplaincy Institute, and the Center for Innovation in Ministry. Together we are committed to social justice, spirituality, and innovation—nurturing more equitable and inclusive ministries to create inspired and united communities.
Presbyterian since our founding in 1871, SFTS continues to lead theological graduate studies as the only Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA) seminary in the west. The ecumenical nature of the Presbyterian Church welcomes all Christian faiths for study, and our love of neighbor expands academic opportunities for interfaith and inter-religious world engagement.
As a community, we are united in the desire to create an inclusive atmosphere where diversity flourishes in all its forms. We are called to live within God’s creation by pursuing justice, knowledge, dignity, and well-being for all people. Learn More
Meet the SFTS Faculty! Hear their perspectives about our values, what distinguishes our academic approach, and what they love about the experience here.
San Francisco Theological Seminary at the U of R Graduate School of Theology realized its plan to hold a Commencement with both in-person and virtual elements.
Marian Stannard Heidel ’58, whose parents taught her U of R’s “Och Tamale” chant as a child, and John Heidel ’78, who earned a Doctor of Science in Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary, are passionate about both institutions.