Payne Theological Seminary

School Name: Payne Theological Seminary

Founding: 1847

State: Ohio

City: Wilberforce


School History: Payne Theological Seminary is an African Methodist Episcopal seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. It is the oldest free-standing African-American seminary in the United States. Incorporated in 1894 by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, it was named after Daniel Alexander Payne, the founder of Wilberforce University. Payne was Senior Bishop of the AME Church at the time of the Seminary’s founding and served as its first dean. He was the first African-American college president.

Schools/Academic Programs: 

  • Biblical Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Practical Ministry