Mission Statement

About HTS


Hood Mission Statement

Hood Theological Seminary seeks to prepare women and men for leadership in the Christian church, a church that finds itself in the midst of an increasingly diverse society.

Founded and sponsored by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (A.M.E. Zion) Church, the Seminary has a special, but not exclusive, interest in training those who minister with and among historically marginalized communities, and those who work in a pastoral or secular capacity during their seminary education. The African American church’s historic insistence on recognizing the social, political, economic, and global implications of the gospel, the A.M.E. Zion identity as the “"Freedom Church", and the Methodist focus on scriptural holiness with personal and social responsibility shape the emphases in the theological curriculum. While the Seminary thus affirms and celebrates its rich heritage, it also welcomes people of other races and denominational backgrounds into its community.

United in the crucible that is seminary life, the diverse members of the Hood community gain a better understanding of their own unique contributions to the Body of Christ, learn to value the different contributions of others, and stand together as a witness to the righteousness of God. This formation of an interdependent community works together with the Seminary’s rigorous academic curriculum to promote the liberating, holistic transformation of self and society under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.