Our mission is to provide high quality theological education to men and women who are incarcerated in state and federal prisons throughout the United States. Our hope is to make the opportunity for quality theological education available to as many people as possible who have the interest and ability to pursue advanced academic study.

Pilgrim Seminary will officially open in September, 2014 although some of our courses will likely be made available before that date in selected locations. The seminary will offer three degrees: the Associate in Christian Studies, the Bachelor of Christian Leadership, and the Bachelor of Pastoral Ministry. Our first graduate degree program, the Masters in Theological Studies, is scheduled to begin in September, 2015.


Legacy: For more than three centuries the Christian faith community has carried on its work of higher education in America. The early New England Congregationalists founded the first colleges and universities in our country. Over the last 300 years, hundreds of additional colleges, universities, and seminaries have been established through the leadership and dedication of Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and countless other people of faith and goodwill. Pilgrim Theological Seminary hopes to continue this legacy of Christian service.


Pilgrim Theological Seminary was incorporated in South Carolina in 2009 as a non-profit institution with the primary purpose of preparing Christian leaders to serve the church and the world. As an institution that offers only religious and theological programs, the seminary is exempt from oversight by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The work of the seminary is overseen by a Board of Governors which is responsible for the institution's educational, operational, and fiscal integrity.


Goals: As a new seminary we have a considerable distance to travel before reaching many of our goals. Gaining accreditation, a process that takes several years, is one of the high priorities of our Board of Governors as well as developing new and innovative educational programs to serve our students and the wider Christian community.


In that some who participate in the seminary's program might wish to earn a college degree in a secular field of study, the seminary submits many of our study resources and examinations for review to the National College Credit Recommendation Service, a program of the University of the State of New York. Receiving a recommendation for college credit from NCCRS not only validates the quality of the programs of study offered by the seminary, it also benefits students who might wish to transfer seminary credit to other institutions prior to the seminary becoming fully accredited.

More than 1,200 accredited colleges and universities have previously indicated their willingness to consider recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendation Service, subject to individual institutional policies and credit transfer guidelines. If you are hopeful of gaining academic credit at another institution based upon the successful completion of a Pilgrim Seminary program of study you should check, in advance, with an appropriate college official where you hope to receive academic credit concerning this possibility.

Pilgrim Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, marital status, economic condition, or place of residence.


Several changes made to the Pilgrim Seminary Program, reflected here on the website and also on the downloadable document below.
Unfortunately the start of the fall program for incarcerated students will need to be DELAYED until the SPRING OF 2014. I am sorry to bring this news; our students are very excited to start their studies, but we are not in a position to start at this time. Please keep Pilgrim in your prayers and please be patient with us; we are trying our very best to pursue the call before us.
AUGUST 19TH, 2013
-- A fantastic interview and article  was produced for the CumberlandTimes and also appeared in Baltimore.

We've had VERY positive feedback from both the warden and chaplain: near zero incidents were reported for the month of April when we asked the men to pray the Lord's prayer daily before starting this group.


1) General Information and
Frequently Asked Questions
2) FAQ for a Prison Education Department (state or federal).

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