Have You Heard What’s Happening at United?

Dear Friends:

We have some exciting news to share about what God is doing at United Theological Seminary this year.

Over the past couple of years Dr. Wendy Deichmann and Rev. Jean Brindel developed a meaningful relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Rick and Vicki James of Fort Wayne, IN. Because of that relationship, Mr. and Mrs. James have given $150,000 for our Master Scholar Program.

Recently, Mr. and Mrs. James made a commitment of $500,000 to support United’s general scholarship program, which provides scholarships for nearly all of our students. This generous gift will go toward the $1.2 million goal for our Second Mile Giving Campaign, bringing the total commitments for Second Mile Giving to more than $650,000 within only the first month of the campaign!

We have reduced expenses at United by more than $450,000 this academic year, and, if we reach our goal for the Second Mile Giving Campaign, we can end our fiscal year in the black on June 30, 2016. If you would like to make a commitment to the Second Mile Campaign, please send your pledge or gift to United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH 45426, or give electronically by using the donate button below.

We have 444 students enrolled at United this year, which makes United the third largest of the 13 United Methodist seminaries in the United States. Furthermore, 24 more students than anticipated enrolled in our second semester classes, increasing our spring tuition income by $158,000.

Finally, 83% of our 2015 graduates are serving in ministry positions, many as pastors of local congregations, compared to 53% of graduates from all members of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. [1] This means that we are achieving our mission of educating faithful, fruitful and Christ-centered pastors and local church leaders.

I thank God for the opportunity of being an encourager and leader at United Theological Seminary during this season of transition while we search for a new President. If you haven’t already, I invite you to watch the three-minute video above for more information about how God is working through United to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Grace and Peace,
Dr. Kent Millard
Interim President, United Theological Seminary

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[1] Data for the percentage of graduates serving in ministry was gleaned from The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) 2014-2015 Graduating Student Questionnaire and represents responses from graduates who indicated they were offered a position or would continue to work in their current ministerial position. Industry information was gleaned from the total school profile, which encompassed 175 programs (64% of member schools) and 6,102 graduates (42%) at ATS member schools. (See: http://www.ats.edu/uploads/resources/student-data/documents/total-school-profiles/gsq-total-school-profile-2014-2015.pdf)

United information is a subset of this data collected from students who graduated with a degree from United in 2014-2015.

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United Theological Seminary President Dr. Kent Millard smiling for a portrait