Payne Seminary
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

Payne Launches New Doctor of Ministry Degree Program (DMIn)

Read the Press Release

DMin Flyer




Presidential Job Search

  Payne Awarded $150,000 to support Archive Digitization Project

  One Million Dollar Endowment Campaign Launch
Payne is launching an endowment strengthening campaign seeking to raise one million dollars over the next five years.

  Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Bossey Fellowship Opportunity
Payne is seeking qualified candidates for the Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute Bossey Fellowship. 

  Wabash Center Faculty Growth Award
Payne received $20,000 to support enhancing faculty technology expertise.

  Institutional Strategic Planning
Payne institutional strategic planning update.



See the Payne Holiday Card!


2014 Founder’s Day Invitation

Plan now to join us for Founder’s Day Worship Service November 20, 2014.

2014 Commencement Article
Highlights from Payne’s 2014 Commencement

2014 Ecumenical Institute Article
Fourth annual lecture of the Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute entitled Saving Body & Soul: Black Youth, Sexual Ethics & Social Justice featuring Dr. Jennifer S. Leath.


What’s Up with Marriage? Bible Studyby Dr. Jennifer S. Leath

Faculty News
Faculty News and Accomplishments

Payne 2013-2014 Enrollment Article
Payne’s 2013-2014 academic year student enrollment demographics.

Payne Theological Seminary and New Brunswick Theological Seminary Partnership
Payne AME Center for Theological Studies at New Brunswick to be established.

Lilly Endowment Theological Education Research Initiative Article
Dr Fitchue with Dr. Dan Alshire, President of the Association of Theological Schools, at Lilly Endowmentgrantee meeting.

AME Church Higher Education Commission Visits Payne
Bishop Preston Warren Williams and members from the AME Church visited Payne Theological Seminary,