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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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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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Commencement Week 2014 Plan Now to participate in Payne’s Commencement Week activities.




Join Us For TheFourth Annual Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute Lecture featuring Keynote: Dr. Jennifer S. Leath May 21, 2014 7:00 p.m. atGreater Allen AME Church,1620 W. Fifth StreetDayton, OH 45402 


Third District Bible Study Pilot Flyer

Sign up today for the Third Episcopal District Bible Study Pilot Project connected to the BVRAEI Lecture Series.  See Flyer for more information.




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





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



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

Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute Launched

On May 16, 2011, Payne launched the Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute (BVRAEI).  The BVRAEI continues the work of ecumenical religious thought, study, and practice of Bishop Anderson. View

Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute Annual Community Lecture

Payne Theological Seminary hosted the second annual lecture for the Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Mitchell-Anderson Hall. View



Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Institute Community Forum

On May 15, 2012, the BVRAEI hosted a community forum and dialogue on “Seeking Justice: The Role of the Church in Healing Community Wounds– In Memory of Kylen English, Dante Price, and Trayvon Martin.” The forum provided an opportunity for community dialogue and launched a nine-month process to identify key priorities for a justice agenda seeking cooperation, collaboration, and accountability of the faith-based community in Dayton, Ohio. View


Payne and the Sacred Arts Founder’s Day 2011 Extravaganza.  

On November 16–18, 2011, Payne Theological Seminary’s Five-City Tour, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Bishop Payne’s birthday, culminated with Bishop C. Garnett Henning and the 3rd Episcopal District during the Payne Founder’s Week festivities in Wilberforce, Ohio.



Payne Theological Seminary Founder’s Week:

A Celebration of “Payne and the Sacred Arts”

November 16-17, 2011




October 19, 2011

WILBERFORCE, OHIO—Payne Theological Seminary, under the leadership of President Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue, will host Founder’s Week on November 16-17, 2011. This will be the culmination of the yearlong commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Payne’s founder, Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. During the past year, Payne has hosted a Five City Tour, visiting key cities that significantly impacted the life of Bishop Payne. After visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, the Five City Tour will conclude at Wilberforce, Ohio, with the Founder’s Week activities.

As the only free-standing African American seminary in the world, Payne’s purpose is to promote education, religion and morality by educating persons for service in Christian ministry and missions. Embodying this purpose, the theme for this year’s Founder’s Week is “Payne and the Sacred Arts.” On November 16, at 7:00 p.m., Payne will host a special theatrical production, co-sponsored by the Payne Alumni Association and produced by Mr. Ron Himes, founder of The Black Rep in St. Louis. The “Payne and the Sacred Arts” performance will include music, poetry, dance, and dramatic and visual arts to highlight life experiences of Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company will be featured in this performance, which will be held at the Central State University Paul Robeson Center for Music and the Performing Arts, located at 1400 Brush Row Road in Wilberforce. Local schools and colleges are asked to encourage teachers and students to attend this historic event, which is free and open to the public.

Payne has commissioned a mural by Dayton artist Mr. James Pate, which features presidential leaders and key institutional icons of Payne Theological Seminary. This mural will be unveiled at the Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Library at Payne on November 17 at 5:00 p.m. Following the mural unveiling, guests are invited to view the “Spirit” exhibit by renowned Dayton artist, Mr. Willis “Bing” Davis, and attend a reception honoring Payne presidential leadership at the newly renovated Mitchell-Anderson Hall. The events of the evening will culminate with the Founder’s Week Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Living Savior. Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District and Vice Chairman of Payne’s Board of Trustees, will be the guest preacher. All of Thursday’s events are located on the Payne campus at 1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Road in Wilberforce.

Payne Theological Seminary invites you and your constituency to join us on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, and on Thursday, November 17, 2011, for these special events.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Marilyn Hatcher at (937) 376-2946, ext. 224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • Payne and the Sacred ArtsFounder’s Week 2011 Invitation
  • 2011 Founder's Week Activities - November 16-17, 2011 Plan now to be with us for these historic events. View the Flyer


President Fitchue served as the leader of the NAFEO Delegation to Senegal  May 2011

Presiding Elder DMin Cohort Overview

Mitchell Hall Legacy Wall Campaign Overview

Mitchell Hall Period Furniture Donations Requested

Faculty Highlights 2010-2011

Payne Founder’s Day 2010 Highlights

Employment Opportunities

Founder's 5-City Tour

Payne is launching a 5-City Tour celebrating our Founder's 200th Birthday!

Payne Theological Seminary President To Be Honored by Princeton Oct. 25

WILBERFORCE, OHIO—The Reverend Leah Gaskin Fitchue, Ed.D., President of Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, will be honored by Princeton Theological Seminary at its annual alumni reunion program on October 25, 2010.

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Mitchell-Anderson Building Progress

Construction trade volunteers are needed to help finish the renovation!

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New SMART Room Technology

Payne has a new SMART classroom located on the first floor in the Administration Building.  This new classroom will significantly increase the schools technological capability.  Students will be able to interact online with students and faculty at Payne during classes and for community activities.  We are excited about the potential and endless possibilities this new technology brings to the Seminary community.