Highlighting Hood Theological Seminary
Bishop James Walker Hood's Dream

Hood Theological Seminary is named after James Walker Hood who was a Bishop of the A.M.E. Zion Church. During much of his career, Bishop Hood cherished a dream of training qualified Negro youths for the Christian ministry. Others in the denomination embraced his dream, and in 1879 a group of ministers from Concord, North Carolina and the surrounding area created the Zion Wesley Institute. In 1882, the citizens of Salisbury persuaded the Institute to move twenty miles north to that city. Since that time Salisbury has been the home of the Institute and its successors.


Rev. Price Assumes Presidency of the Institute

Having earlier discovered the diverse and outstanding talents of the Rev. Joseph C. Price, Bishop Hood encouraged him in 1882 to become the first president of the Institute. Under the presidency of Rev. Price, the Institute was granted a charter in 1887 by the state of North Carolina and renamed Livingstone College in honor of the noted Scottish physician and missionary to Africa, Dr. David Livingstone.


Seminary Becomes Reality

Livingstone College began planning to organize a theological department in 1892, but those plans did not materialize for another decade. Finally, on October 7, 1903, thirty-five students enrolled in the first class of a new bachelor of divinity (B.D.) program. In 1904 the theological department was upgraded to a school, and the Church began raising $20,000 for the construction of a building in which to house the Seminary. The cornerstone of the "Old Hood" building on the Livingstone College campus was laid in 1906, and the Seminary was named in honor of Bishop Hood. In 1965 the Church erected a new building for the Seminary on a parcel of land adjacent to the college, donated by Bishop and Mrs. Jacob Walls. The building was named W. J. Walls Center, in honor of Bishop and Mrs. Walls.


Accreditation

In 1998 the Seminary was accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). In 1999 the Seminary was approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church to prepare ministers for ordination in that body.


Hood Begins Independent Operations

On July 1, 2001 the Seminary began operating independently of the College, and in March, 2002 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the College's accrediting agency, acknowledged that the Seminary was a separate institution, independent of the College.


Unprecedented Growth

The Seminary has continued to grow in recent years. In 2002, the first twelve students enrolled in a new Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program. As of 2005, there are approximately 300 students in all programs, preparing for ministry in some fifteen different denominations.


The New Campus

Fresh Beginnings "Hood on the Move" was the theme for the Fall of 2005 as the seminary completed 40 years in the Walls Center on its way to the new campus on I-85. Phase One of the new construction was completed in time for the Fall semester to begin. The new campus now provides ample room for all aspects of the seminary's life. Visit www.hoodseminary.edu for more information on Hood Seminary Program offerings, Admissions & Financial Aid. To make donations visit https://www.hoodseminary.edu/Donationsform.cfm.

 

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  • May 4, 2017
    National Day Of Prayer
    Día Nacional de la Oración
    National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders.
  • May 5, 2017
    Friday, 7pm
    Baccalaureate Service
    Livingstone College
    Varick Auditorium
    701 N. Monroe Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • May 6, 2017
    Saturday, 9am
    Commencement Service
    Livingstone College
    Varick Auditorium
    701 N. Monroe Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144

  • May 7, 2017
    Happy Birthday
    Eastern North Carolina Episcopal
    Missionary Supervisor Sheila W. Monroe
  • May 14, 2017
    Mother's Day
    Mother's Day celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures.
  • May 16-21, 2017
    Blue Ridge Annual Conference
    Camp Dorothy Walls Conference & Retreat Center
    495 Cragmont Road
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
    Phone: (828) 419-9200
    Fax: (828) 419-9222
  • May 19-20, 2017
    Hood Theological Seminary
    Closing Convocation 7pm
    Hood Theological Seminary Commencement 10am
    Salisbury, NC

  • May 22-28, 2017
    West Central NC Annual Conference
    Sheraton Four Seasons
    Koury Convention Center
    Hosting: Wadesboro-Monroe District
  • May 29, 2017
    Memorial Day
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    Western NC Annual Conference
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    Koury Convention Center
    Hosting: Statesville District
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    Colorado Annual Conference
    Spottswood AME Zion Church
    3301 Milwaukee Street
    Denver, CO 80205
    Pastor: Rev. Darwin D. Little
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    New England Annual Conference
    Cross Street AME Zion Church, Host Church
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    100 Berlin Road
    Cromwell, CT 06416
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    California Annual Conference
    Kyles Temple AME Zion Church
    912 Florida Street
    Vallejo, CA 94590
    Pastor: Rev. David T. Miller
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    Father's Day
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  • June 28-July 2, 2017
    Southwest Rocky Mount Conference
    Martin Temple AME Zion Church
    1005 North Rose Street
    Compton, CA 90221
    Pastor: Rev. Celeste Ary
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    July 4th 1776 is celebrated as the birth of American Independence.
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    Oregon / Washington Conference
    Community AME Zion Vancouver
    3605 East 13th Street
    Vancouver, WA 98661
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    Connectional Council
    Knoxville Marriott
    Knoxville Tennessee
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    11th Quadrennial Connectional Lay Council Convention
    Knoxville Marriott
    Knoxville Tennessee

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