Payne Theological Seminary
The origins of Payne Theological Seminary date back before the Civil War. In 1844, leaders of the AME Church met in Ohio and established a committee to create a school for training ministers. In 1871, collegiate leaders at nearby Wilberforce approved the organization of a seminary for this purpose, and selected Bishop Daniel A. Payne to lead the seminary. Payne is one of the oldest African American seminaries and only the fourth such institution to secure full admission to the Association of Theological Schools. With funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Payne Theological Seminary is actively digitizing materials from its historical archives .
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