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Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is a theological college affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA. The present day school, which sits on the top of a hill in the neighborhood of Highland Park in Rochester, New York is a product of several mergers.

The school is progressive and ecumenical in theology, with Baptists, United Methodists, Presbyterians and members of other denominations on its faculty and in its student body. The school shares partnerships with Bexley Hall Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Columbus, OH and Chicago, IL, an Episcopal Church seminary, and St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, a Roman Catholic theological school which shared its facilities from 1981 until 2003, and since has moved to a nearby site.

It is a small school with seven full-time faculty and 14 part-time faculty, and slightly more than 100 full-time students. Dr. Conrad Henry Moehlman (1879–1961) was emeritus professor. The current president is the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, who was previously the pastor at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.


The Rochester Theological Seminary was formed in 1850 at the founding of the University of Rochester by a group from Colgate Theological Seminary in Hamilton, New York who wished to move to an urban setting. By 1928, the remainder of the Hamilton seminary removed to Rochester. In 1961, the school was joined by the Baptist Missionary Training School, a woman's school from Chicago.

Again in 1970 the school merged, this time with Crozer Theological Seminary, the Baptist school from Upland, Pennsylvania where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. studied.

Presidents of the Colgate Theological Seminary
Name Title Tenure
George W. Eaton President 1861–1871
William H. Maynard Dean 1891–1891
Hezekiah Harvey Dean 1891–1893
Sylvester Burnham Dean 1893–1910
William H. Allison Dean 1910–1915
John F. Vichert Dean 1915 –
Presidents of the Rochester Theological Seminary
Name Tenure
Ezekiel G. Robinson 1868–1872
Augustus H. Strong 1872–1912
Joseph W. A. Stewart (acting) 1912–1915
Clarence A. Barbour 1915–1928
Presidents of the Baptist Missionary Training School
Name Title Tenure
Mary Burdette Preceptress 1881–1888
Elizabeth Morris Preceptress 1888–1904
Elizabeth Church Preceptress 1904–1909
Ina Shaw Principal 1909
Mary Reynolds Principal 1909–1914
Warren P. Behan President 1914–1919
Clara D. Pinkham President 1919–1926
Alice W. S. Brimson President 1926–1937
Jessie Dell Crawford President 1937–1941
Robert H. Beaven President 1944–1953
Werner G. Keucher President 1953–1957
Pearl Rossner President 1958–1962
Presidents of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Name Tenure
Clarence A. Barbour 1928–1929
Albert W. Beaven 1929–1943
Edwin M. Poteat 1944–1948
Wilbour E. Saunders 1949–1960
Gene E. Bartlett 1960–1970
Arthur R. McKay 1970–1973
Leon Pacala 1973–1980
Larry L. Greenfield 1980–1990
James H. Evans, Jr. 1990–2000
G. Thomas Halbrooks 2000–2006
Eugene C. Bay 2006–2010
Jack M. McKelvey 2010–2011
Marvin A. McMickle 2011–Present

Notable alumni

External links

  • Official web site
  • ATS accreditation

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