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Trinity School for Ministry

Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry
Established 1975
Type Private graduate institution
Affiliation Anglican
Dean Justyn Terry
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 150 on campus/100 online
Location Ambridge, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Small Town
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname Kneelers

Trinity School for Ministry (TSM), also known as Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (TESM), is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition located in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. It is generally associated with the Low Church (evangelical) wing of Anglicanism.


  • History 1
  • Evangelical leadership 2
  • Academic information 3
    • Degree programs 3.1
    • Diploma and certificate programs 3.2
  • Notable alumni 4
  • Notable current and former faculty 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In the mid 1970s, several prominent evangelical-leaning Episcopal clergy and lay leaders became disillusioned with what they considered the liberal theology and "theological relativism" of the existing Episcopal seminaries. Some members of this group had been involved with the charismatic movement that began in the mid-1960s in some parishes, while others, many associated with the Fellowship of Witness, held to a more traditional Anglican Evangelicalism. These advocates for conservatism in the Episcopal Church of the United States began to meet and plan a new seminary with a curriculum based on orthodox Protestant theology and evangelical principles.

In 1976, Alfred Stanway, a retired Australian missionary bishop to Tanganyika (present-day Tanzania), accepted the call to become the first dean of TSM. Beginning with 17 students and meeting in rented space, Trinity held its first classes in September 1976. Stanway served for two years before retiring. His successor, John Rodgers, oversaw major growth during his 12-year tenure. In 1989, William C. Frey resigned as Bishop of Colorado to become the third dean and president. In 1996, Peter C. Moore, a founding board member and noted evangelical leader, became the fourth dean and president.[2] Paul F. M. Zahl was elected Trinity's fifth dean in 2004. He stepped down in May 2007, and Rodgers came out of retirement to serve as Interim Dean and President for one year. Trinity's Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, the Rev. Justyn Terry, was named the school's new dean, effective August 2008.

In 2007, Trinity dropped the word "Episcopal" from its name on some of its publications and printed materials. The school's official name, however, remains unchanged. The modification was made in acknowledgement of the growing number of realigning Anglican bodies sending students to the seminary, including the Anglican Church in North America, the Anglican Mission in the Americas, the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the latter two of which are sub-provinces of the ACNA (see Anglican realignment).

Trinity has "board members, faculty, staff, students and alumni on both sides" of movements to realign.[1] Trinity remains, however, an independent institution, neither owned nor controlled by any diocese, parish or province. It remains a member of the Episcopal seminaries.[2]

Trinity now serves 150 full-time and part-time students on its campus in Ambridge and 75 more in online degree programs. Many former professors have become bishops in the Episcopal Church or other Anglican bodies around the world.

Evangelical leadership

Founded by leaders of the evangelical wing of the Episcopal Church, TESM has become a central player in the renewal movement in the ECUSA. Although the majority of its over 1000 graduates who currently serve as clergy and lay leaders are evangelical, the seminary accepts students from various theological perspectives. Some of the alumni, faculty, and trustees of the school have been among those who support conservative theology within the ECUSA, advocating historic views on matters such as the virgin birth, deity of Jesus, and the literal resurrection of Jesus, as well as moral stances such as opposition to abortion and homosexuality. Some of the graduates of this institution have assumed leadership positions within the Anglican realignment movement and are currently members of the Anglican Church in North America, founded in 2009, like the Dean, Justyn Terry.

Although unquestionably evangelical, the seminary includes students, faculty, and staff from among evangelical, charismatic, and Anglo-Catholic wings of Anglicanism, as well as members of other Christian denominations.

Academic information

TESM is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada[3] and is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.[4]

Degree programs

  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)
  • Master of Arts in Mission (M.A.M.)
  • Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

Diploma and certificate programs

  • Diploma in Anglican Studies - available on campus or online
  • Diploma in Christian Ministry - available on campus or online
  • Certificate in Christian Ministry

Notable alumni

  • Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina[5][6]
  • John Miller, Bishop in Anglican Mission in America
  • Charles Gaikia Gaita, Retired Bishop of Diocese of Nyahururu, Anglican Church of Kenya
  • Wilson Turumanya, Bishop of Bunyaro-Kitara, Anglican Church of Uganda
  • John Rucyahana, Bishop of Shyria, Anglican Church of Rwanda
  • Hector "Tito" Zavala, Bishop of Chile, Iglesia Anglicana de Chile (Anglican Church of Chile), Primate- Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de América (Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America)
  • Enrique Lago, Pastor of Iglesia Providencia, Iglesia Anglicana de Chile (Anglican Diocese of Chile)
  • Sadock Makaya, Bishop of Diocese of Western Tanganyika, Tanzania
  • Elias Chakupewa, Bishop of Tabora, Anglican Church of Tanzania
  • Benjamin Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos, Anglican Church of Nigeria
  • Alpha Mohamed, Bishop of Rift Valley, Tanzania
  • Abraham Nhial, Bishop of Aweil, The Episcopal Church of Sudan [7]
  • Ann B. Davis, former actress
  • Shirley Rollinson, retired Chair of the Department of Religion, and Professor of Greek at Eastern New Mexico University.[8]

Notable current and former faculty


  1. ^ Responding to the Birth of a New Province by the Rev. Justyn Terry. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Episcopal Seminaries. Retrieved July 15, 2009
  3. ^ A.T.S. Member Schools. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
  4. ^ TSM Profile on ECFA website. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
  5. ^ TESM news. Retrieved on October 3, 2006.
  6. ^ San Joaquin priest elected Episcopal bishop of South Carolina. Retrieved on October 3, 2006.
  7. ^ Our History: Trinity School for Ministry. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  8. ^ Meet our Faculty
  9. ^ The Rev. Gregory O. Brewer Elected Fourth Bishop of Central Florida
  10. ^ Paul R. House
  11. ^ A Brief History of the Diocese of the Rio Grande
  12. ^ The Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand Appointed as Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa
  13. ^ UCU Vice Chancellor announces retirement
  14. ^ Patrick Henry Reardon Bio
  15. ^ Meet our Staff
  16. ^ Allen P. Ross Professor of Divinity Old Testament

External links

  • Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry

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