Who We Are Today
We are a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are grounded in the theological thought and church life of the Reformed tradition.
McCormick is one of eleven theological institutions associated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Located within the bounds of the Presbytery of Chicago and the Synod of Lincoln Trails, the theological education offered here is firmly rooted in the Reformed Tradition. Part of the Reformed Tradition is an ecumenical commitment and openness to dialogue with other perspectives within the larger Christian Tradition. Nearly 40% of McCormick’s student body come from traditions other than Presbyterian. Included are Pentecostal and evangelical students as well as those from Baptist and Methodist churches. Common to all our students is an openness to one another that is rooted in a shared faith in Jesus Christ. The diversity with our faculty also speaks to McCormick’s breadth on the theological spectrum.
McCormick is a seminary which trains women and men for Christian ministry. Holding membership in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) and associated with the University of Chicago, it is an integral part of one of the world’s great centers of theological education and research. McCormick is known for its warmth, informality and extraordinary attention to the individual. It is a school with a long history of high academic standards and a commitment to foster the expertise ministry requires. It is an autonomous institution, with an ecumenical student body, that values its relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).