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Denominational Formation

Todd Freeman
Director of Ministerial Formation Presbyterian Church (USA)

Within an ecumenical atmosphere, the seminary works in partnership with local congregations and five presbyteries to ensure that Presbyterian students are formed in the distinct ethos of the Reformed theological tradition. Inquirers and Candidates from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church have engaged in theological education at Phillips.

Practical courses in ministry join a broad range of studies to provide the full range of educational experiences required by Presbyterian students, including the Greek and Hebrew languages. Reformed theology and Presbyterian polity are also offered as needed by students.

A Presbyterian Advisory Council, composed of the executive presbyters and moderators of the Committees on Preparation for each presbytery served by the seminary, meets regularly on campus to address shared concerns and provide guidance to the formation program for Presbyterian students.

Presbyterian ministerial formation at Phillips Theological Seminary complements formal education by:

  • providing required and elective denominational courses;
  • mentoring Presbyterian students in their discernment of call, as well as their progress through ordination or commissioning as lay pastors;
  • coordinating on-campus activities and providing a sense of community among Presbyterian students;
  • connecting students with regional offices for services and support;
  • communicating denominational information relevant to students and their ministries, including loan and scholarship opportunities.



Freeman is the minister at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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