So what is it like to come to classes on the Charlotte campus? The Charlotte campus offers a unique opportunity for students whose jobs or other obligations during the week would prohibit them from undertaking a traditional weekday degree program to obtain a M.Div. or M.A.C.E. Often students are answering a call that has been many years in its formation and which will be a second or even third career for them. So, if this sounds like you, or even if you’ve just finished your undergraduate degree and are ready to answer a call to ministry, the Charlotte program is ready and waiting to take this journey with you.
Life on the Charlotte Campus
July 1, 2014 Dr. Richard Boyce takes the helm as the new Dean of the Charlotte Campus
While we bid a very fond farewell to our retiring dean, Dr. Thomas W. Currie, III, we are excited to welcome Dr. Richard Boyce! For those current students and alums, Richard is a familiar face already since he been serving the seminary as the Associate Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Leadership. Also the former mayor of the town of Belmont, Richard comes to us with a wealth of talent, humor, leadership ability and, of course, credentials! He is a graduate of Davidson College (A.B. '77) and an alum of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia (D.Min. '82, Ph.D. '85)
Richard served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Belmont, NC, for many years before joining the faculty of Union-PSCE in January 2004. Recognized for his many gifts as a teacher, preacher, and pastor, he previously served as an adjunct professor of Bible at the Charlotte campus. Richard's teaching and research interests include exploration of the methods and practices by which the scriptures can enliven and guide the work of the local church.
Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Richard Boyce in his first year as dean! For an even more in-depth look follow the link to this article published in The Charlotte Observer.
We are also pleased to welcome to the Charlotte campus Dr. Sung Hee Chang!
Sung Hee joins our family as Director of Supervised Ministry and Assistant Professor of Christian Education. In addition to her work of overseeing internships for our students, she will also be teaching Education for the Missional Church in the fall term!
I talked with Sung Hee a little about her first impressions of our campus and she commented particularly on the environment of camaraderie and support amongst the students, and that there seems to be an “organic learning community” here that is unique. There is the sense, she noted, that everyone, students and faculty alike, have gifts to offer one another and that they bring those gifts into the classrooms and as well as out into the churches. Sung Hee shared with me that she sees herself entering a new ministry here with our students and that it feels like we really are a congregation and not just students and teachers. Sung Hee is also reunited with one of her own mentors and teachers with whom she will work alongside, Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg, who will now be right across the hall from her on the second floor!
We are all excited to have Sung Hee as part of our campus community and look forward to benefiting not just from her knowledge and skill as a teacher, but from her friendship and ministry as well.
What does “a day in the life” of a Charlotte student look like?
Since the majority of our students are working during the week as well as attending to family and church obligations our classes meet on weekends. All core classes will be offered on Saturdays to ensure that students are able to meet their required credits in a timely fashion. There are often electives, or additional sessions of core classes, offered on Fridays.
So, what is it really like? Read more...
One frequently asked question is…
How do we shape community?
- Weekly worship led by members of the faith community, faculty members or students
- By being part of a “Cohort” (the group of students with whom you enter classes with in the fall)
- On-line communities on BlackBoard and other forums like Facebook
- Faculty presence on campus; Professors who are regularly available to meet with students
- Carpooling with other commuting students from your area
- Forming study groups
- Special events hosted by the seminary
- Informal gatherings such as meals in-between or after classes with other students and faculty
- Building relationships with “Friday Friends” for those needing overnight accommodations
- M.A.C.E. and M.Div. students take classes together
Now that construction is completed on our new campus we are also often asked…
How does the new building affect student life?
- Self-contained campus with worship, classroom and administration all in one building
- Areas designed with a comfortable “homey” atmosphere both inside and outside the building to provide plenty of space to gather informally with friends or study groups
- Increased opportunities for interaction with the local community
- Access to Sharon Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary for preaching classes and other seminary events
- Easier and more convenient access to the theological library
- Adjacent parking
- A variety of restaurants from quick meals to full service within a 1 – 2 miles radius
- Improved technology in both the classrooms and library
- Ability to host more continuing education and community events
- Access to the combined UPSem/Charlotte Presbytery Curriculum Resource Center