Kinetics founder joins the board of trustees at JCSTS
I am proud to be a part of JCSTS and join a dynamic and talented board that champion innovative solutions to addressing today’s pressing problems.
JOHNSON C. SMITH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (JCSTS) is the only historically Black theological seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It dates back to 1867 and the founding of Freedman’s College of North Carolina-a school created specifically to educate newly freed slaves. The Charlotte-based institution subsequently was named Biddle Memorial Institute, graduating its first class of three in 1872. In 1923, Mrs. Jane Berry Smith of Pittsburgh, PA, generously endowed the institution and constructed several buildings on the 75-acre campus in honor of her late husband, Johnson C. Smith, for whom the institution was then named.
In 1969, facing declining enrollment, the seminary withdrew from the university and relocated to Atlanta, GA, where it joined the federation of historic African-American Protestant seminaries known as the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). Following the move, JCSTS grew steadily reaching a peak enrollment of nearly 60 students and producing a cadre of notable leaders who serve the Church nationally and internationally.
In 2014, amid dramatic shifts in the leadership needs of the Church, JCSTS disaffiliated from the ITC with an eye toward delivering educational programs that are more affordable, accessible for a broad audience, and relevant in a changing world. An institution born of the Black Church, JCSTS remains committed to advancing the healing and liberating gospel of Jesus Christ among people from all walks of life.