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Welcome to Payne Theological Seminary! Payne Theological Seminary is one of the oldest Black seminaries primarily concerned with the training of men and women for the ministry.  The purpose of Payne has always been, to prepare men and women of faith to be spiritual leaders, intellectual leaders, and agents of constructive social change in the church and world.
Payne is proud to be the first Black Seminary in the United States with an on-line Master of Divinity Program.


Payne Theological Seminary, founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church (1894), is dedicated to the preparation of African American and other leaders for ministry in the tradition of liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and the dignity of all humankind. 



The Payne Commemorative Leadership Mural,dedicated November 16, 2011, was commissioned by Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue and rendered by Dayton artist, Mr. James Pate.  The mural features 39 distinct icons including portraits of the 16 past Deans and Presidents. 

Limited Edition signed and numbered lithographs can be purchased for $200.00.

Mural Order Form

Mitchell-Anderson Hall Legacy Wall Campaign

The newly renovated Mitchell-Anderson Hall will feature a beautiful bronze Legacy Wall tree highlighting the names of past Mitchell-Anderson Hall residents and campaign donors. Get your name on the tree today!  PDFs: Campaign Overview and Pledge Form


Bishop Talbot envisioned and compiled a commemorative CD for the Payne and the Sacred Arts Tribute to Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne (1811-1893), in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of his birth.  View

 Our Holiday Card


Founder’s Day 2013

Plan now to attend the 2013 Payne Founder’s Day Worship Service October 28, 2013, Bishop William DeVouex, Presiding Prelate of the Second Episcopal District speaker. Flyer

Third Annual Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute Lecture featuring key note speaker Dr. Alan Bosak was a great success. Read More

The 2013 Commencement Ceremony was a high holy occasion featuring the commencement address by Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, Payne Board of Trustees Chairman and Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District. Read More

Friend For Payne Celebrate 20 Years of exemplary service.

Friends for Payne was honored at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
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Seminary Highlights E-Blast

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Payne Receives $250,000 from Lilly Endowment for Student Indebtedness Research

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2013-2014 Academic Year Welcome E-Blast



letterhead_OHPayne hosted the Samuel DeWitt Proctor/Ohio Justice Commission hearings on November 14, 2012. Read More

Founder’s Day 2012 Highlights.  Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District, provided a great word of encouragement to all. Read More

A new Marketplace Ministry Course being added to the Payne MDiv Curriculum. Read More

New Doctor of Ministry Program partnership is underway for the 2013-2014 academic year. Read More

2013 Seminary Highlights.  Payne’s online population is steadily growing and has outpaced residential growth. Read More