Kentucky's Presbyterian seminary celebrates 150 years

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's 150th anniversary celebration emphasized the school's efforts to heal North-South divisions.

The seminary is truly a bridge builder and a reconciler in the life of the church and the world,'' said the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk (chief executive) of the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with which it is affiliated.

The seminary began as Danville Theological Seminary in 1853. After Presbyterians split into northern and southern denominations at the start of the Civil War, the Danville school continued under northern sponsorship. Southern Presbyterians founded their own seminary in 1893 at Louisville's Second Presbyterian Church.

The two schools put aside rivalries and merged in 1901 as the only Presbyterian seminary supported by both the northern and southern denominations.

The seminary is seeking a successor to its longtime president, the Rev. John Mulder, who resigned suddenly last fall due to health problems. Mulder and other seminary leaders helped bring church headquarters to Louisville after the two denominations merged in 1983.

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