President's Welcome

Administrative Staff


Rev. Dr. Kenneth Harris


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Barbara Pye

Executive Assistant to the President

Operations and Registrar

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Dr. Brandon Grafius

Academic Dean and Chief Academic Officer (CAO)

Director of the Urban Ministry Diploma Program Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

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Jacquelyn Hines

Business and Finance Office Manager

Financial Aid Director

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Welcome to Ecumenical Theological Seminary’s new website, a place where our students, prospective students, faculty, alumni and guests can learn more about our ecumenical approach in preparing students to serve, to find their higher purpose and to succeed in careers connected to their faiths. Our new website also offers a glimpse into the spiritual side of ETS through its work and involvement in social justice and its focus on working together across faiths – ecumenically – to make us all a better people and the world a better place.

ETS’s new website is one of many exciting and transformative changes that lie ahead for the institution that turned 60 in 2017 and prides itself on traditions that are woven into all we do. Ours is a rich history of service, and I believe the best is yet to come.

 ETS is a fully-accredited theological seminary concerned with the intellectual development, spiritual formation and personal transformation of our students. Our degree programs are taught by a faculty that consists of scholar-practitioners who bring practical experience to the classroom and academic excellence to the parish. Among them are authors, speakers, mobilizers and activists with a shared passion to enlighten through education. Our alumni are spread far and wide. They lead churches, work in education, health care, nonprofits. Among them are community leaders, a Pulitzer prize winner and pastors and spiritual counselors across the city, state and country.

ETS is the only Protestant seminary – intentionally Christian and intentionally ecumenical – in the city of Detroit.  Students from the Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and independent Christian traditions share our classrooms.  The same is reflected in our faculty. ETS hosts students from the Jewish and Muslim faiths as well, speaking to our commitment of interfaith dialogue.

I have no doubt you will find ETS a welcoming, caring and engaging learning community where people of faith comfortably converse about difficult social-economic-political justice issues and seek to address them.

 We hope you’ll take a tour of our website and then take the next step: visit us in person. Tour our breathtakingly beautiful sanctuary, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join us for one of many events, including open houses, workshops, conferences on variety of issues connected to faith and open to all. Learn more about our degrees and how they can benefit you and your community or employer. Learn more about our efforts to better the community – to serve God by serving you!

Grace and Peace,

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Harris


Ecumenical Theological Seminary

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Dr. Elaine Belz

Business and Finance Office Assistant

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Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Manager



Rev. Dr. Constance Simon

Director, Doctor of Ministry Program, Assistant Professor of Christian Education

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Rev. Dr. James Waddell

Director of Master Programs and

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

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Security and Maintenance


Board of Directors


Monique Marks

Board Chair

President & CEO

Franklin Wright Settlements


Rev. Dr. Kenneth Howard

Board Member

Senior Pastor, New Breed Church


Vincent Kirkwood

Board Member

Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Consumer Events

MRA Mobile Experiential


Rev. Dr. Constance Simon

Board Member

Assistant Professor of Christian Education

Ecumenical Theological Seminary


Bishop Donald Kreiss

Board Member

Bishop, Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America


Chuck Rivers

Board Member

Director of Community Relations for Southeast Michigan

Michigan State University


Freda Sampson

Board Member

President & CEO

Frederick G. Sampson Foundation


Ronald Wagner

Board Member

Managing Principal and Chairperson, Kitch Attorneys & Counselors