EMS welcomes students from many faith and denominational backgrounds. 60% of the students are Mennonite, 19% are United Methodist, 22% are from a variety of other denominations.
EMS is a part of Mennonite Church USA . We invite you to learn more about the history, beliefs and practices of the Mennonites.
EMS is approved by The United Methodist Church's University Senate for the training of candidates for ordination.
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Eastern Mennonite Seminary is located in the heart of the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Situated in Harrisonburg, a city of 52,000 people, EMS is fronted on the east by the Massanutten and Blue Ridge mountain ranges. To the west lie the Alleghenies.
Harrisonburg is 125 miles from Washington, D.C., to the northeast and 115 miles from Richmond, Virginia, to the southeast. Harrisonburg is located at the junction of U.S. 33 and U.S. 11 and is situated along Interstate 81.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary prepares men and women to serve and lead in a global context. In response to God’s saving grace, we educate students to bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of God’s Spirit as wise interpreters, mature practitioners, discerning communicators, and transformational leaders.
As the graduate theological division of EMU and a pastoral training center of Mennonite Church USA, we welcome students from all Christian traditions who are open to study from an Anabaptist perspective. As a community of Christian disciples we seek to embody what we teach and learn, living out our convictions in the following core practices:
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Sue Cockley, graduate and seminary dean, has worked as an administrator and teacher at EMU since 1996. She has focused her work on a variety of academic programs serving adult students. Her church involvements span early years growing up in the Church of the Brethren voluntary service with MCC in Haiti, Miami and Whiteburg, KY, and adult membership in a local Mennonite congregation serving at various times as elder, church council chair, and prayer companion. She pursues an interest in spiritual formation, worship leading and many forms of church music.
Nancy Heisey, associate dean, has worked as a teacher and an administrator first at Mennonite Central Committee and since 1999 at EMU. Her lifelong professional and churchly involvement with Mennonites and Brethren in Christ around the world, and her research interests in early Christianity, shape her reading and research into approaches to biblical interpretation.
EMU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of EMU.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA in Church Leadership, MA (Religion)
The following extension sites are approved as specified: Lancaster, PA, Approved Degrees: MDiv
Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program
The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA
The seminary is approved by the United Methodist Church for the training of candidates for ordination. It is a member of the Council of Mennonite Seminaries, which includes Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California. Through the Theological and Pastoral Education Committee of the Mennonite Education Agency, the seminary is linked to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, for purposes of coordinating denominational theological education programs.
Current course schedules can be obtained by writing to the seminary Admissions Office or visiting the EMS web site at www.emu.edu/seminary. The seminary welcomes visitors to campus. Interviews and tours may be requested by contacting the seminary Admissions Office at (800) 710-7871, by fax (540) 432-4598, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Appointments should be made in advance. Prospective students are invited to visit classes, attend chapel and visit with seminary personnel.