Princeton Seminary | Research Centers & Initiatives

Research Centers & Initiatives

Our centers and initiatives span across several disciplines to fund research, produce publications, offer fellowships, organize events, and support our teaching curriculum. See below for a complete list.


Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies

The Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies exists to highlight the theological and religious witness, which arises out of the African American and African Diaspora Christian experience. The center helps to prepare men and women for vocational ministry or scholarly pursuits shaped by a wider knowledge and deeper appreciation of black life within American and global Christianity.

Center for Asian American Christianity

The Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary seeks to be a rich and lively program that bears witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, enriched by the distinctiveness and diversity of the Asian and Asian-American contexts.

Center for Barth Studies

Karl Barth (1886-1968), the Swiss-German professor and pastor, is regarded by many as a modern day "Church Father." The Center for Barth Studies was established in 1997. Administered by a board of seminary faculty, the Center sponsors conferences, research opportunities, discussion groups, and publications.

Center for Contemplative Leadership

The Center for Contemplative Leadership was established in 2022 to support leaders inside and outside of the church through contemplative practices ancient and modern, by offering training and resources for cultivating vision, resilience, and joy. We believe in the robust integration of deep spiritual roots with the wider work of liberative justice in the world, and lovingly create communities of trust and active listening for the Spirit together.

Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender (CTWG) was established to address issues related to the intersections of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality in church and society. Through conferences, coursework, and events, the Center shapes students, alumni, and church leaders to be change agents regarding the pressing issues of inequality facing our world. The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender is also home to the Women in Ministry Initiative (WIM) and two student groups—the Women’s Center, and BGLASS (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Supporters).

Overseas Ministries Study Center

OMSC was founded in 1922 as the Houses of Fellowship in Ventnor-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, as a place for North American Protestant missionaries on furlough to recover their health, and to have their spirits lifted through fellowship, before returning to their mission fields abroad. OMSC moved to New Haven in 1987, where its reputation as a unique ecumenical hub for global missional engagement and research has continued to grow. In recent years, OMSC’s program residents have come almost exclusively from the majority world’s churches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


Antiracism Formation
We declare there is no room for racism at Princeton Theological Seminary. We commit to educating the entire campus community and beyond within a biblical and theological framework to face this present crisis that impedes us from loving God and neighbor.

The Farminary is a place where theological education is integrated with small-scale regenerative agriculture to train faith leaders who are conversant in the areas of ecology, sustainability, and food justice.

Hispanic Summer Program
Princeton Seminary is a sponsor of the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) which cultivates Latinx theological leaders. The program offers accredited graduate-level courses to master's students on topics ranging from theology, history, liturgy, and pastoral care, all from a Latinx perspective. In addition to the annual summer session, HSP offers programs such as the Latinx Discernment Workshop, HSP J-Term, HSP Exchange, The Alumni Network, El Semillero Workshop on Development and Fundraising, and Through Hispanic Eyes.

Hispanic Theological Initiative
The Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) exists to create and nurture a community of Latina/o scholars to serve the academy and the church through the combined efforts of a consortium of member schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary.

Institute for Youth Ministry
The IYM initiates and integrates research related to the church’s mission with young people through offering programs, events, and resources for leadership development.

Iron Sharpening Iron
Iron Sharpening Iron equips women to embrace and build upon the capacities, agency and savvy they possess to negotiate challenging leadership contexts with a confidence born of competence.

Sustaining the Preaching Life
Sustaining the Preaching Life is a program that supports community for pastors through small groups for a period of six months and offers a framework and tools for improving one’s preaching through a blend of instruction and peer learning.

Urban Ministry Initiatives
The Urban Ministry Initiatives seek to respectfully engage the intersection of urban, political and church mission in the greater Trenton-Mercer County context.

Visiting Scholars Program
The Seminary's visiting scholar program is for individuals whose primary purpose for residence is to conduct independent research.

Women in Ministry Initiative
The Women in Ministry Initiative (WIM)—part of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender at Princeton Theological Seminary—honors, celebrates, and remembers all women associated with Princeton Seminary since its founding.

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