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About Hood Theological Seminary F or more than a century, Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) has been dedicated to theological preparation for leadership in the various ministries and vocations of the Christian church. This graduate and professional school sponsored by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (A.M.E. Zion) and approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. The Seminary bears the name of a renowned A.M.E. Zion bishop, James Walker Hood, who inspired others in the denomination to join with him in creating an institution for the training of Negro youths for the Christian ministry. In 1879, those pioneers created the Zion Wesley Institute in Concord, NC. Three years later, by invitation of the citizens of nearby Salisbury, they relocated the Institute to this city. The Institute was chartered by the State of North Carolina in 1887 and renamed Livingstone College in honor of Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish physician and explorer of central and southern Africa. HTS obtained independence from Livingstone College in 2001 and, in the fall of 2005, officially relocated to its present site at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive in Salisbury. The new campus provided much-needed room to grow. With strong support from church, alumni and community, Hood Theological Seminary is poised for a bright second century with the mission to prepare women and men for bold and creative leadership for the Christian church in a diverse world. Today, the seminary is a thriving, spirit-filled community of all ages, from all walks of life, representing many different denominations and backgrounds. Students enjoy flexible schedule options, a world-class faculty, hybrid course options, and an accessible campus location. HTS offers the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theological Studies (MTS) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees. Students who have completed 18 hours in the M.Div. program have the option of declaring up to 2 concentrations in the following areas: biblical studies, church history, theology and social ethics, preaching and worship, pastoral care and counseling, and/or Christian education. Students pursuing the D.Min. may choose one pf 4 specializations: Pastoral Theology and Care, Leadership Ministry, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervision, or Community Advocacy and Social Justice Ministry. For more information about HTS, its graduate programs, faculty, and how to apply or make a donation, visit our website at C o n t i n u i n g E d u c a t i o n – H o o d T h e o l o g i c a l S e m i n a r y • CHURCH EXECUTIVE 3