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Welcome to Hood Seminary

Hood Theological Seminary is a graduate and professional school that provides theological preparation for effective ministry in a diverse society. Our programs can help you to pastor a local congregation, serve in a specialized ministry such as Christian Education or Counseling, explore theological questions for personal enrichment, lay a foundation for a PhD program elsewhere, or retool yourself for more senior church leadership.

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HTS Mourns the Passing of Board Chairman, Bishop Richard Keith Thompson

With heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Hood’s beloved Board Chairman, Bishop Richard K. Thompson, on Saturday, July 16th.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, 3505 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. McGuire Funeral Services, Inc. is in charge of the arrangements. Please pray for his family, the A.M.E. Zion Church family, and all those whose lives he touched through his ministry.

Born July 7, 1943, in Kannapolis, NC, Thompson earned an A.B. degree from Livingstone College in 1965 and a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary in 1968. He was elected the 86th bishop in the line of succession during the A.M.E. Zion Church’s 44th General Conference in 1992.

Bishop Thompson served with dedication and distinction on the HTS Board of Trustees since its inception in 2001. We will miss his strong, quiet leadership which transformed and inspired those who worked with him to strengthen and support the Seminary.

The family has graciously requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Hood Theological Seminary for the Bishop Thompson Endowed Scholarship,1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbubry, NC 28144.


Beginning in the spring semester 2017, Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) plans to incorporate a hybrid learning program (blended classroom/online learning courses) into the curriculum through an integrated Learning Management System (LMS). This initiative will follow a comprehensive training process of faculty and orientation for current and new students. The ultimate aim is to enable the Seminary to foster increased accessibility of its high-quality graduate level training and continuing education for pastoral students and religious leaders.

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July Offices Hours

During the month of July, the Seminary's administrative offices will close at noon.

Hood Alumni Ordained at WNCCUMC Annual Conference

Congratulations to the Hood alumni who were ordained as Elders in full connection at the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Annual Conference on June 18, 2016! (left to right) George Craig Allen, Jr.; Earl Franklin Bradshaw; Darren Lee Crotts; James Brevard Brookshire; George Melvin Coates; Ronald Donall Perry; and Sandra Waddell Ireson.

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