About Us

Who we are:

        ETS is a fully accredited ecumenical seminary committed to providing the best theological education in southeastern Michigan while remaining rooted in Detroit.  We offer several degree programs in ministry as well as a certificate program theological studies and an urban ministry diploma. We are committed to embracing the diversity found in our city and suburbs and to transcend the boundaries typical in such a setting in order to overcome alienation and help build bridges between our city and its suburbs.


What we do:      

We train students to become effective church and lay leaders for the 21st century church, through a course of study which emphasizes the centrality of Christian ethics and social justice ideals.  ETS encourages students to begin their training with a course in church and society, whose purpose is to examine how social position provides the foundations for beliefs and values.  We provide opportunities for students to practice their beliefs within urban ministry settings, and to work with an outstanding faculty of academic and church leaders who serve as mentors for the journey.

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          How we do it:

We combine the education of professional pastoral skills with the intentionally multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment of our students.  We use dialogue as the method to transcend the boundaries, overcome the alienation, and impart the wisdom that empowers church leaders to proclaim God’s message of undivided love, healing, and hope while ministering to their congregations. We integrate our feeding program with our Ministry Practicum curriculum affording students the opportunity to witness first hand, the practice of pastoral leadership in an urban setting.


        Why we do it:

There is an alarming shortage of ordained ministers to lead southeastern Michigan’s churches.  At the same time, the future of our churches depends not only on increasing the number of leaders, but also upon the quality of leaders who will be available. We need women and men of vision whose knowledge, wisdom, and skills have been shaped by the very best theological educators, but who are also prepared to meet the spiritual challenges inherent in the divisions of race, creed, gender, and economics that plague us as a society.

         When we do it:

Our Urban Ministry and Master level classes most often are held Monday through Thursday evenings on a 10-week quarter system. Our Doctor of Ministry program meets twice per year for Emergent Weeks and then monthly in breakout groups. 

         Where we do it:
Our seminary is located in the historic landmark church of First Presbyterian on Woodward Avenue in midtown Detroit.  Our address is 2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Michigan 48201.