Our imaginative, purposeful worship services enrich your mind and spirit, while our connective campus hosts informal gatherings of faculty and students and their families. Students enjoy a welcoming community that fosters spiritual growth, social justice, and a vibrant interfaith experience.
The chaplain’s office designs and hosts a variety of worship experiences including regular chapel services and special events. Worship planning meetings are held on Wednesday’s at 2pm and anyone in the community is welcome to participate. The planning is led by a collaborative team including the chaplain, the student chaplain’s assistants, and seminary musicians. Students, faculty, staff, and invited guests participate in worship leadership and preaching.
Services are usually held on Tuesday and Friday begin at 12:00pm. All students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater community, are welcome to attend any and all services. Due to current COVID-19 limitations on indoor services, we will combine outdoor and virtual platforms for gathering in worship. You will be receiving updates and locations via email on a weekly basis. Thank you for your flexibility!
SFTS is a community gathered to serve God’s people in the church and the world. Sharing a common life as a community is critically important to the Seminary experience. The Chaplain’s Office strives to nurture this experience of living in koinonia: a New Testament Greek word for the fellowship, communion, and gathering of sisters and brothers in Christ. The two major functions of the Chaplain’s Office are to coordinate the worship life of the Seminary community and to provide pastoral care for its members. In addition to planning four weekly chapel services and special worship services as needed, the Chaplain’s Office also offers pastoral care, counseling, and support to members of the community in times of need. This ministry also includes referrals for assistance in times of hardship and the coordination of community support through prayer and loving service to those experiencing special needs.
The student chaplain’s assistants help the chaplain plan chapel and worship experiences for the SFTS community. The chaplain’s assistants are selected through an application process at the end of each academic year to serve the following year. Chaplain's Assistants for 20/21 are students Willa Van Camp and Chitoka Webb.
Working with the Chaplain, Lucas Walker serves as Pastoral Care Associate to the student community. The Pastoral Care Associate is available for counseling and for referral to other campus and community support services.
Pastoral Care Associate
Students play an important part in the shared governance of the Seminary through the Student Association (of which all students are automatically members) and its council, and through representation on faculty and trustee committees. Elections for these positions are coordinated by the outgoing Student Association Council (SAC) and are held annually in the spring and fall.
Each year, nine students are elected to the Student Association Council (SAC). The SAC is the advocacy and advisory body to the Seminary for all registered students. Acting as the voice of the students, the SAC sees that student concerns are addressed and insures students’ representation in governing bodies. The SAC works closely with the student/faculty committees and helps plan and facilitate a Student Association meeting each semester.
The Student/Faculty Committees serve the needs of the campus community by addressing issues of concern to the community. These committees maintain a close working relationship with the Student Association Council.
The Academic Concerns/Assessment Committee meets monthly to discuss concerns related to the curriculum and teaching/learning process. Its special mandate is to monitor and facilitate the continuing process of assessment of our degree programs as required by the seminary’s accrediting organizations. Issues requiring action are referred from this committee to faculty and administration. Three students, ideally each from a different class level, are elected to this faculty committee.
The Community Life Committee is charged with the care and cultivation of the campus community by advocating for the concerns of students and their families, and by building community through events and activities. The CLC supports events such as potluck dinners, holiday events and off-campus excursions, and it advises and consults with administrators whose responsibilities lie in the area of the co-curricular environment. Three students are elected to the committee, but other students (and other members of the community) are welcome to participate as well.
Our vibrant and diverse community welcomes students from all walks of life around the world. We have established the following student groups to provide cultural and social activities for its members:
(The Image of God Expressed Through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
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 inside God’s beautiful family, and that means pursuing justice, knowledge, dignity, and well-being for all people. From our students to our staff to our faculty to our trustees and beyond, we want to foster a just community that embraces differences—both here on campus and in the world.
In addition to the above positions, students are also elected to serve on the Admissions Committee[David], as student representatives to the Alumni Council, and as Theological Student Advisory Delegates (TSAD) to the General Assembly.