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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

The Payne Experience…In The Field





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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