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Pastor Jo Mead Fosters Real Relationships Between Diverse Communities

In 2015, the United Methodist Church noted that race relations was the top issue facing the denomination. Saint Paul graduate, Rev. Jo Mead, decided that she no longer wanted to just talk about it, but instead to act and form a real relationship with another congregation. She contacted Pastor Eric Williams at Brotherhood Presbyterian Church. […]

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Saint Paul School of Theology Prepares for Wave of Pastoral Retirements

More pastors will retire in next decade than candidates in school, creating unprecedented need and opportunity for young clergy. Leawood, Kan. and Oklahoma City, Okla.– Saint Paul School of Theology is responding to the coming “tsunami” of clergy retirements with full-ride scholarships, a fast-tracked master’s program and a new hands-on, collaborative curriculum. “The graying of the […]

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Saint Paul Fellows Program Helps Teacher Fulfill Seminary Dream

Mother of three felt called to full-time ministry, but tuition costs made it impossible As a schoolteacher, Amie Littrell has worked to encourage and build up the self-esteem of her students. But through the years, Amie began hearing a call to move beyond the children in her classroom and into the broader mission of the […]

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Graduate Talks to Current Students about Building Long-Term Missions

Dr. Jim Brandt and Saint Paul alum Trista Soendker Nicholson recently compared their experiences in Guatemala and Haiti. Trista shared stories of Haiti and gave advice to current students about building long term missions. “One of my greatest privileges teaching at Saint Paul has been taking students to Guatemala to learn from Guatemalans about their […]

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Saint Paul Faculty Write Commentaries for WorkingPreacher.org

Saint Paul faculty members Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality, and Dr. Israel Kamudzandu, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies and Biblical Interpretation, have contributed numerous commentaries to the popular website for preachers, WorkingPreacher.org. Dr. Amy Oden Dr. Amy Oden is a faculty member at the Saint Paul: Oklahoma City University […]

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Dr. Tex Sample Brings Community Organizing to Saint Paul

Tex Sample is a specialist in church and society, a storyteller, author, and the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at Saint Paul School of Theology. After moving back to Kansas City, Dr. Sample has reengaged with the seminary in several ways. This past August, students at the Saint Paul: […]

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Ed Kail Teaches Saint Paul Students About Rural Life and Ministry

What does a person do after they retire? They may read, write, or travel. Others, like Ed Kail, continue to share their knowledge and passion with others. Kail (pronounced Kyle) is a leading advocate for rural churches; he was a leader in Iowa’s response to the 1980s farm crisis. In 1991, he began to teach […]