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A Proud Heritage

The vision for Emmanuel Christian Seminary began with then Milligan College President Dean E. Walker in the 1950s.  Dr. Walker saw a need for an exemplary graduate seminary in which biblically faithful ministers would prepare for service to the church and the world.

A Promising Present

After fifty years as a standalone institution, on July 1, 2015, Emmanuel Christian Seminary joined Milligan University’s School of Bible and Ministry.  As a part of Milligan, Emmanuel is better able to continue to offer a quality theological education.  Combining the two schools has allowed both to achieve greater operational efficiencies as duplicated services can be merged. By bringing the two schools together, Milligan has gained access to much needed additional space in the B.D. Phillips Building, Thompson Center, and the Emmanuel Village.  This space will enable Milligan to start bold new academic programs like engineering and physician assistant.

Today, Emmanuel offers three separate masters degrees including the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.), and Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) as well as a doctoral degree, the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.).  Each of these programs is designed with a rigorous curriculum that leaves the graduate well prepared to minister in a changing world.

For over fifty years, Emmanuel graduates have gone on to serve as preachers, counselors, youth ministers, campus ministers, military chaplains, church planters, Christian educators, missionaries and a host of other ministries.  While Emmanuel alumni serve in a diversity of ministries, they are prepared out of three concerns:

  1. Scholarship, they must understand the message;
  2. Community, they must be equipped to engage a broken humanity with grace and love; and
  3. Faith, they must live what they preach.

A Bright Future

Milligan University is committed to honoring and continuing Emmanuel’s legacy by offering academically-sound, advanced degrees in Bible and ministry. Emmanuel and Milligan do this best together as one institution with one mission.  The fact that Milligan and Emmanuel are now one institution does not reduce Emmanuel’s need for the partnership of the over 1000 individuals and congregations who come together each year to support the seminary.  In fact, the need for thoughtful Christian leaders with deep theological training is greater now than ever.

The type of personalized education that Emmanuel offers in small class settings with highly trained and thoughtful academicians does not come cheap.  Moreover, the ministries that are undertaken by most Emmanuel graduates do not pay the level of salary that will support significant student loan repayments.  This is why the leadership of Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University is committed to continuing Emmanuel’s robust programs of student aid.  Toward this end, there are three main areas in which private support from individuals and churches will continue to make a great difference for Emmanuel’s students and the Church:

The future for Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan is brighter now than ever before.  Please join us in our noble mission of preparing men and women for effective Christian ministry.


The Emmanuel Fund

ECS EntranceOne of the most important issues facing education policy in our nation today is the affordability of a college degree. Nowhere is this more profound than in the area of church and vocational ministry, where faithful, service-minded leaders follow God’s call on career paths that pay less than others with similar educational requirements. The Emmanuel Fund addresses this issue by subsidizing the amount required to operate the seminary by nearly $10,000 per student annually. Without this vital support, many of our brightest students would be unable to attend Emmanuel. Your support makes it possible to continue our mission of preparing men and women for effective ministry.

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Special Projects

DSC_8191While student support through the Emmanuel Fund is the Seminary’s most pressing need, from time to time there are other special projects which require the support of churches and individuals to make them a reality.  These projects can include facility renovations and expansions, new furniture and equipment, library acquisitions and technology resources, just to name a few.  The development staff stand ready to help share these needs with interested churches and individuals.

Interested in giving towards a special project? Contact the development staff by phone at 800.447.5922 or by email at


An endowment is a fund set aside in perpetuity by the donor from which the income funds a specific purpose.  Many of the Seminary’s donors like the idea of endowing, or perpetuating, their level of support through their estate plans.  Typically, a college or seminary can invest an endowed gift such that about 5% of the original gift amount is available each year to support scholarships, faculty salaries, academic research, lectureships, and so on.  Emmanuel welcomes the opportunity to work with individuals who are considering making an endowed gift, and will help them craft their plans in a way that ensures their gift maintains its impact well beyond their lifetime.

Interested in an endowment gift? Contact the development staff by phone at 800.447.5922 or by email at