Center for the Evangelical
United Brethren Heritage (EUB)

EUB Heritage

United Theological Seminary was created in 1954 with the merger of two Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) seminaries: Bonebrake Theological Seminary of Dayton, OH (formerly Union Biblical Seminary, founded in 1871 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ) and the Evangelical School of Theological of Reading, PA (formerly Schuylkill Seminary, founded in 1881 by the Evangelical Association).

Today, the Center for EUB Heritage honors this spiritual legacy. Founded in 1979, the Center celebrates and preserves the story of the EUB Church and its forebearers, the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the Evangelical Association, the United Evangelical Church and the Evangelical Church.

To this end, the Center maintains an extensive collection of documents and artifacts that document the many aspects of the EUB tradition.  The Center also hosts consultations and special observances, conducts oral history interviews and houses special exhibits to engage current and future generations in the study of the EUB Church.

If you have questions about the Center, you can contact: [email protected]


The Center collects, preserves, maintains, exhibits and provides public access to a significant collection of historical publications, manuscripts, images and artifacts. It does not manage the legal and business records of churches, districts, and conferences. These must be accessed at other United Methodist-related institutions.

Explore the Center’s digitized collections at archive.org/details/eubcenter

Other collections and archives materials are available on United’s campus in Dayton, OH.


The Telescope-Messenger (T-M) is the official newsletter of the Center for EUB Heritage. It has been published twice yearly since 1990. T-M articles range from scholarly research to personal reflections and cover a wide range of topics including biography, denominational history, church life, theology, hymnody, denominational programs and church-related institutions.


When you subscribe to the Telescope-Messenger, you automatically become a member of the Center for EUB Heritage. Your subscription of $20 or more helps the Center preserve and promote the study of the religious and ecclesiastical traditions that formed the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Subscribe to join the Telescope-Messenger mailing list.

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Membership & Donations

Your membership helps the Center preserve the story and promote the study of the religious and ecclesiastical traditions that formed the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Come join with like-minded people who are former EUBs or EUB history enthusiasts, both lay and clergy, to take part in the ministry and mission of the Center.

Membership levels

Member ($20-49.99)

Supporting Member ($50 or more)

Life Member ($500 or more)

Preservationist ($1,000 or more)


Membership in the Center is an excellent way to stay in touch with the EUB historical community. It also includes a subscription to the Telescope-Messenger and invitations to special events. Amounts in excess of $20.00 help to fund current operations of the Center and are tax-deductible as charitable donations for IRS purposes.

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Advisory Council

In addition to different levels of membership listed above, we also have an advisory council that meets twice a year at United. Membership to the council is open to everyone who is interested. Please see our bylaws below:

Charitable Contributions

Charitable donations to the EUB Heritage Center can be made through this link.

Reber Award

The Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage offers an annual award to a student or scholar who submits the best paper focused on some aspect of Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) heritage. The EUB heritage includes the history, theology, and practices of its predecessor bodies, the Evangelical Association, the Evangelical Church, and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, as well as the wider Pietist heritage from which these bodies derive. If a submission focuses upon the latter, it must connect explicitly to the EUB heritage.


A clean copy of each submission must be sent to the Center Director, accompanied by a letter of application (by the author) or nomination (by one who is not the author) for the award and evidence that the paper has been accepted for publication within the past year by a peer-reviewed, academic journal. The paper should not be longer than twenty-five double-spaced, typed pages. It must be properly footnoted and bear evidence of thorough and reliable handling of sources.


Judges for the award will consist of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Council of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage.


By April 1st of each year, all competing papers must have been received by the Director of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage, United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH. 45426. If submitted electronically, papers should be sent to: [email protected].

Announcement and Cash Reward

The winning paper will be announced in the Telescope-Messenger and a cash award of $500 will be awarded to the author.


The award will be announced by May 1 each year.  The decision of the judges is final.  No award will be made if the judges determine that no submitted paper merits the award.

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