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.

 

  • February 2016
    Black History Month
    Black History Month is a month set aside to learn honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans through history.
    2016 Theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory

  • February 11, 2016
    Livingstone College Founder's Day Convocation
    10:00am
    701 West Monroe Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • February 12-13, 2016
    Heritage Lectures
    Reflections on Practicing Public Theology
    Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes,
    Dean of Divinity School at Vanderbilt University
    Lecture I - Friday, February 12, 7pm
    "Colored Orneriness: A Concerto in Four Parts"
    Lecture II - Saturday, February 13, 10:10am
    "The Dancing Mind"
    Room 315 on the seminary campus at
    1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury NC
    Free and open to the public
  • February 14, 2016
    Happy Valentine's Day

    Mark 12:31
    The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
  • February 16-19, 2016
    Board of Bishops Winter Meeting

    Host: South Atlantic Episcopal District
    The Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center
    745 Saluda Street
    Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • March 5, 2016
    Blue Ridge Conference
    3rd Check-Up Meeting
    Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center
    495 Cragmont Rd
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • March 11, 2016
    West Central North Carolina Conference
    Ordination Service
    Marvin AME Zion Church
  • March 12, 2016
    West Central North Carolina Conference
    3rd Check-up Meeting
    Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center
    Marvin AME Zion Church
    Rev. Dr. Haven O. Anderson, Pastor
  • March 17 - 19, 2016
    Connectional Lay Council Convocation
    Bishop Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center
    Rock Hill, SC
    Mrs. Mary Matthews, President
  • March 25, 2016
    Good Friday
    Good Friday is the day when we commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion, which plays an important part in the Christian faith.
  • March 27, 2016
    Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday

    The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    He Lives!
  • March 28, 2016
    Happy Birthday
    Mrs. Iris Battle
    Piedmont Episcopal District

  • April 9, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    Ordination Service
    Goler Metropolitan A. M. E. Zion Church
    Rev. Johnny Ruff, Pastor
  • April 10, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    3rd Check Up Meeting
    Goler Metropolitan A. M.  E. Zion Church
  • April 15, 2016
    Tax Day
    Many United States residents mark Tax Day as the deadline to file their income tax details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The date is usually on or around April 15.
  • April 16, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    Christian Education Annual Cotillion
    North Rowan High School
    Spencer, NC
    Rev. David Williams, Conference Director
  • April 15 - 16, 2016
    Men’s Boosters Conference
    Place to be announced
    Mr. Sylvester Culbertson, President
  • April 17, 2016
    7th Annual Pink Sunday
    Susan G Komen
    Participation in Pink Sunday provides churches and faith based organizations with free breast cancer awareness information to include warning signs of breast cancer, importance of early detection and availability of free mammograms for those without health insurance. The 7th Annual Pink Sunday will be on April 17, 2016. Many churches ask their congregations to wear pink on this day. VISIT www.komencharlotte.org to register your church for this event or for additional information.
  • April 27, 2016
    Administrative Professionals Day
    Administrative Professionals Day® is on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. It remembers the important role of administrative professionals. Administrative Professionals Day was formerly known as "Secretaries Day". This observance was created to recognize Administrative Professionals and any individual, upon whose skills and efficiency many government and business offices depend. Today the observance also promotes the opportunity for employers to provide opportunities for learning and growth.

  • May 5, 2016
    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.

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