Saint Paul School of Theology
4370 West 109th Street, Suite 300
Suite 300
Overland Park KS 66211-1397
Graduating Class Kansas City 2014
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 253-5000
Mission Statement

Centered in Christ and rooted in the Wesleyan tradition, Saint Paul School of Theology is a seminary of intentional relationships committed to the formation of people for innovative, creative ministry through rigorous academic life; the exploration of Scripture, tradition; and ministry practices, and diverse, contextual experience.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Neil B. Blair
Board Chair Dr. Michael J. Parmely
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas Medical Center
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1958
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Centered in Christ and rooted in the Wesleyan tradition, Saint Paul School of Theology is a seminary of intentional relationships committed to the formation of people for innovative, creative ministry through rigorous academic life; the exploration of Scripture, tradition; and ministry practices, and diverse, contextual experience.

Background Statement
Saint Paul School of Theology is a United Methodist Seminary in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area and is one of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church. In addition to the Greater Kansas City campus, Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University began offering courses in September 2008. The overall student body has almost equal numbers of men and women, representing 37 states and several other countries. While most students are United Methodist, over 20 denominations are represented in the student body each year. 
 
Saint Paul School of Theology was one of two schools authorized by the 1956 General Conference of the Methodist Church. Due to the shortage of Methodist pastors in the Midwest, Kansas City was selected as the location. The seminary was chartered in 1958, and the first group of fifty students began classes in 1959. First called National Methodist Theological Seminary, the name was changed to Saint Paul School of Theology in 1961.
Impact Statement
Saint Paul School of Theology has a daring new approach to theological education that unites spiritual development in our students with the acquisition of practical skills necessary for effective ministry in the 21st century. The novel collaborative model of education promises to redefine the relationships between theological schools the church and nonprofit organizations that will renew passion and change the perceptions and effectiveness of these institutions as they strive to serve God’s rapidly changing world together.
 
Top Three Accomplishments:
 
  1. Saint Paul Fellows program in both locations to attract high capacity students to offer them full ride scholarships so they may graduate without seminary debt.
  2. Saint Paul is now a seminary without ANY debt. This allows us to focus exclusively on the educational formation of leaders for the church.
  3. Dynamic management team is in place and fully functioning under the leadership of President Rev. H. Sharon Howell.  
 
Saint Paul School of Theology in the Greater Kansas City Area recently formed a groundbreaking collaboration with the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.With each institution sharing their gifts, students will be able to further integrate their theological education with real world, practical ministry experience.The collaboration will provide new opportunities for laity, seminary students and clergy. Additionally, a second partnership exists at Saint Paul School of Theology in Oklahoma City.There the seminary is located at the Oklahoma City University’s campus which occupies over seventy-six acres in a diverse and vibrant metropolitan area.
 
Top Three Goals:
 
  1. Continue to identify strategic collaborative partners who will fund additional Saint Paul Fellows in the future.
  2. Continue with the Strategic Planning Process that will define direction and focus.
  3. Introduce our online and hybrid educational model later this year to allow students to complete work virtually and on their time.
Needs Statement
  • Student Scholarships – to be able to attract high caliber students to Saint Paul. Fund a Saint Paul Fellow at $68,000.00 which covers tuition, fees and books for three years.
  • Mission Critical Technology - to continue the connectivity of the two campuses $250,000.00
  • Online and Hybrid learning – to reach a broader audience. $300,000.00
  • Digital library – to expand the reach of resources for all students.
  • Annual Seminary Fund - Become a Saint Paul Council Member with an annual gift of $1,000.00 or more
Service Categories
Graduate & Professional Schools
Christianity
Areas of Service
National
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
For more than 50 years, as a seminary of The United Methodist Church, Saint Paul has primarily trained clergy leaders in the Midwest. In addition, a number of graduates have chosen service in the non-profit sector after earning their degrees. Saint Paul graduates are known for their ability to apply what they have learned in a variety of settings and locales.
 
 
Presently, the school finds itself adapting to the rapidly changing landscape of theological education in a variety of ways: 1) delivering more education online and in hybrid classes; 2) entering creative, evolving collaborations with Oklahoma City University and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood; 3) beginning to develop a digital theological library and learning center; and 4) learning to deliver quality theological education through a multi-site, collaborative educational model.
Programs
Description
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the basic professional degree for ministry in the church. In many denominations it is one requirement for ordination.  In the United Methodist Church, it is among the requirements in the primary track toward ordination as an elder.  The MDiv is offered on both the Kansas City and Oklahoma City campuses.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Each course offered by Saint Paul focuses on one of the student learning outcomes established for the degree program. Students in the courses are evaluated based on the course’s outcome in addition to receiving a traditional grade. By the end of the degree program a student will have successfully demonstrated reaching satisfactory levels in all student learning outcomes.
Long-Term Success
Saint Paul is committed to providing theologically informed and competent leadership for the local church, and for the church at large through the preparation of both clergy and laity, and through the corporate witness and service of the seminary. Additionally Saint Paul is training leaders to work throughout non-profit and community service organizations.
 
This ministry should be characterized by prophetic vision, caring presence, and inclusive evangelism.
Program Success Monitored By
Educational effectiveness at Saint Paul School of Theology is measured through the following key elements: 
  1. Academic and administrative goals and outcomes consistent with the mission and values of Saint Paul School of Theology.
  2. Implementation of an institution-wide assessment plan that measures achievement of the academic and administrative goals and outcomes.
  3. Use of assessment findings to improve programs and services.
  4. Compliance with the standards of accreditation of The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Examples of Program Success
When Rev. Kathy Brown (MDiv ’12) began her first appointment after seminary at New Life United Methodist Church in Moore, Oklahoma she had no idea how much the weather would affect her ministry.
 
An EF5 tornado hit the city of Moore, Oklahoma and adjacent areas on the afternoon of May 20, 2013.
 
New Life UMC had already made outreach part of their identity. “We really wanted to focus on the community. This disaster made the congregation realize that there was a need at our back door. Many people in Moore and the surrounding communities don’t have a church home. People were just hungry to have others pray with them,” said Brown.
 
Kathy thought back to her seminary training at Saint Paul at OCU. “From day one we were taught that as a pastor you need to know how to find resources,” she said. As a small church with limited resources the congregation didn’t know how to help at first. Then they took to the internet and received toys, blankets, and other emergency supplies from churches outside of their state. “When we work together, we can be a vessel for Christ’s work and resources are unlimited,” Rev. Kathy Brown said.
Description
The Master of Arts (Theological Studies), MA(TS), is a 49 credit hour degree in religion and theology designed to bee an academic concentration for persons intending further graduate study with the goal of a demonstrated capacity for scholarship within a defined field of study or a general program of graduate theological studies for laypersons desiring to strengthen the religious basis of their lives and work with the goal of demonstrated knowledge of general theological studies.  
 
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Each course offered by Saint Paul focuses on one of the student learning outcomes established for the degree program.  Students in the courses are evaluated based on the course's outcome in addition to receiving a traditional grade.  By the end of the degree program a student will have successfully demonstrated reaching satisfactory levels in all student learning outcomes.
Long-Term Success Saint Paul is committed to providing theologically informed and competent leadership for the local church, and for the church at large, through the preparation of both clergy and laity, and through the corporate witness and service of the seminary. 
Program Success Monitored By
Educational effectiveness at Saint Paul School of Theology is measured through the following key elements:
  1. Academic and administrative goals and outcomes consistent with the mission and values of Saint Paul.
  2. Implementation of an institution-wide assessment plan that measures achievement of the academic and administrative goals and outcomes.
  3. Use of assessment findings to improve programs and services.
  4. Compliance with the standards of accreditation of The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and The Higher Learning Commission in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Examples of Program Success
John Slattery received his MA (TS) from Saint Paul School of Theology and went on for further study. He hopes to someday teach theology. Slattery noted the following when reviewing biblical translations. “While all biblical translations must make decisions as to the translation of certain words into contemporary context, I’ve found that the NIV seems to do not only a terrible job, but a dishonest one.
 
As NT Wright says, ‘Again and again, with the Greek text in front of me and the NIV beside it, I discovered that the translators had another principle, considerably higher than the stated one: to make sure that Paul should say what the broadly Protestant and evangelical tradition,’ he said…. [I]f a church only, or mainly, relies on the NIV it will, quite simply, never understand what Paul was talking about.’ 
Description
The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) is to provide theologically informed and competent lay and ordained leaders in specialized ministry for the local church and the church at large.  This 54 credit hour degree is designed to:
  • Cultivate knowledge of the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of faith and awareness of the social and cultural contexts in which ministry occurs.
  • Promote growth in understanding of the student's denominational tradition and in basic knowledge and skills for competence in a specialized area of ministry.
The MACM degree program meets the academic requirements for ordination as Deacon in the United Methodist Church.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Each course offered by Saint Paul focuses on one of the student learning outcomes established for the degree program.  Students in the courses are evaluated based on the course's outcome in addition to receiving a traditional grade.  By the end of the degree program a student will have successfully demonstrated reaching satisfactory levels in all student learning outcomes.
Long-Term Success Saint Paul is committed to providing theologically informed and competent leadership for the local church, and for the church at large, through preparation of both clergy and laity, and through the corporate witness and service of the seminary.  Additionally, the seminary is training leaders to work in nonprofit and community service organizations.
Program Success Monitored By
Educational effectiveness at Saint Paul School of Theology is measured through the following key elements:
  1. Academic and administrative goals and outcomes consistent with the mission and values of the seminary
  2. Implementation of an institution-wide assessment plan that measures achievement of the academic and administrative goals and outcomes
  3. Use of assessment findings to improve programs and services
  4. Compliance with the standards of accreditation of The Commission on Accreditation of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and The Higher Learning Commission in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 
Examples of Program Success Ryan Langeland received a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry with a specialization in Christian Religious Education and Spiritual Formation. He is now the Youth Director for Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester Missouri. The youth group has increased both in size and in spiritual knowledge with his leadership. In January the youth group studied the meaning of baptism. “Thanks be to God for answered prayer that we could baptize six 7th Graders into the family of God. Later, fifty of our youth affirmed their baptismal vows,” said Langeland.
Description
The general track for the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is customizable to a student's area of interest.  General track students take the core program of 14 credit hours and then select 16 hours of elective courses to round out their degree.  This format provides the ultimate flexibility for students interested in several areas of study.
 
For more information see www.spst.edu/DMin 
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Each course offered by the seminary focuses on one of the student learning outcomes established for the degree program.  Students in the courses are evaluated based on the course's outcome in addition to receiving a traditional grade.  By the end of the degree program a student will have successfully demonstrated reaching satisfactory levels in all student learning outcomes.
Long-Term Success Saint Paul is committed to providing theologically informed and competent leadership for the local church, and the church at large, through the preparation of both clergy and laity, and through the corporate witness and service of the seminary.  Additionally, Saint Paul is training leaders to work in nonprofit and community service organizations.
Program Success Monitored By
Educational effectiveness at Saint Paul School of Theology is measured through the following key elements:
  1. Academic and administrative goals and outcomes consistent with he mission and values of the seminary
  2. Implementation of an institution-wide assessment plan that measures achievement of the academic and administrative goals and outcomes
  3. Use of assessment findings to improve programs and services
  4. Compliance with the standards of accreditation of The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and The Higher Learning Commission in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 
Examples of Program Success
Mark R. Holland (DMin ’09) believes that collaboration is the way to get things done. “Anymore, no one stands alone,” he said. Holland was elected as the 28th Mayor of the City of Kansas City, Kansas and the 3rd Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas this past April 2013. He also continues as part-time pastor of Trinity Community Church-a United Methodist Congregation that he has served for the past 14 years.


Holland focused his doctoral work at Saint Paul School of Theology on the concept of “holy conferencing” an early Methodist principle set forth by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Wesley believed that "holy conferencing" -- Christians conferring together for the sake of peace and truth seeking -- was a "means of grace.” “Holy conferencing is essential to the structure and polity of our church,” Holland explained. “It is so important to our church that all essential decisions regarding bi-laws and elections are done in group conference settings.” Holland believes that collaborative theology is the theology of the church.
 
 
Holland’s congregation decided to take a model of collaboration and own it. “We wanted to put community in the center of all that we do.” Soon they were hosting groups such as Head Start, Wyandotte Mental Health, and PACES program for at-risk youth. They also began collaborating with the Red Cross so that they are now the Designated Volunteer Report Center for natural disaster in Wyandotte County.
Description Course of Study is a program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, administered by the seminary, for the purpose of educating licensed local pastors in the United Methodist Church. Saint Paul School of Theology Course of Study classes are held in: Greater Kansas City areaSpringfield, MissouriOklahoma City, OklahomaCOURSE OF STUDY PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The primary session for full-time local pastors is held each summer for four weeks, typically in July. All twenty courses in the program are offered during these four weeks. Each January, the two-week winter session offers courses in the second, third, and fourth years and is available to both full-time and part-time local pastors. Courses for part-time local pastors only are offered in fall and spring sessions. These sessions are scheduled for two-three weekends. Classes are held in the Greater Kansas City Area, Springfield, MO and Oklahoma City, OK. The summer and winter sessions of the Saint Paul Course of Study School use an integrative teaching model. Foundational and functional classes are taught, exposing students to both theory and application. Students typically enroll for two courses in a two-week session. Course of Study School is designed to be a year-round learning experience.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served US, ,
Short-Term Success Course of Study is a multi year strategy of leadership training. Immediate results can be seen after each session as the pastor applies what they have learned in their own congregations.
Long-Term Success The Course of Study Program at Saint Paul is very popular and enrollment in the program has seen a significant increase in recent years.  It is an excellent options for second career individuals and for individuals who are called to leadership in the church but may not have a bachelors degree.  Course of Study is an excellent community for formation and leadership training.
Program Success Monitored By Effective leadership in the church during and following their participation in Course of Study.   
Examples of Program Success Rev. Ralph Gaines, COS '10, is proud to be the pastor of the first mission church in Nebraska. “The people in the North Omaha community are poverty stricken and violence is bad,” said Gaines. In an area with weekly shootings and with a poor, graying congregation, the church seemed to have little chance for survival. Rev. Gaines had faith that it could. After finding in the UM Discipline that his church met the four requirements needed to be a mission church, he inquired about obtaining the status. “The Nebraska United Methodist Conference now assists us, and is helping this church to stay alive.” The urban church has grown considerably since gaining its mission church status. It has grown from its original 26 members to 180 members since July of 2010. “I've pastored for over twenty-four years and never seen anything like this. To God I give the glory. It is not me, it is all God,” said Gaines. Last year, Rev. Ralph Gaines received the Denman Award for Evangelism from the Nebraska Annual Conference due to his church's growth.
CEO Comments
For more than 50 years, as a seminary of The United Methodist Church, Saint Paul has primarily trained clergy leaders in the Midwest. In addition, a number of graduates have chosen service in the non-profit sector after earning their degrees. Saint Paul graduates are known for their ability to apply what they have learned in a variety of settings and locales. Presently, the school finds itself adapting to the rapidly changing landscape of theological education in a variety of ways:
  1. Delivering more education online and in hybrid classes.
  2. Entering creative, evolving collaborations with Oklahoma City University and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.
  3. Beginning to develop a digital theological library and learning center.
  4. Learning to deliver quality theological education through a multi-site, collaborative educational model.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Neil B. Blair
Term Start July 2016
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Controller
Title Executive Vice President
Title President
Title Academic Dean
Title Academic Dean
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 30
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 1
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Michael J. Parmely
Company Affiliation University of Kansas Medical Center
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Email mparmely@kumc.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rev Charlotte Abrams
Mr John W Ballard III
Arden Borgen
Rev. Andy Bryan Lead Pastor for Campbell UM Church
Mr. Harry D. Cleberg Life Member Trustee
Mr. Mark Faulkner Owner/Broker of Faulkner Real Estate
Ms. Sally Firestone Life Member Trustee
Ms. Twila M. Glenn The Alban Institute
Mr. Glenn Grove Community Volunteer
Mr. Greg A. Harvey Mass Mutual Financial Group
Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr.Oklahoma Area, United Methodist Church
Dr Susan J Lindahl
Mr. Roger Marshall Tulsa National Bancshares
Rev Lia McIntosh
Rev. Jami Moss
Rev Lee Myane
Dr. Michael Parmely University of Kansas Medical Center
Rev. Dr. Dustin Petz
Mr. Craig R. Ramsey American Multi-Cinema, Inc.
Judge Julie A. Robinson US District Court, District of Kansas
Rev. Christoper L. Ruddell Sunrise United Methodist Church
Dr Tex Sample
Dr. Ewart G. Watts Life Member Trustee
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Executive
Academic Affairs
Institutional Advancement
Fiscal Affairs
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $4,293,000
Projected Expenses $4,293,000
Endowment Value $32,000,000
Spending Policy Percentage
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Administrative costs for FYE 6/30/2013 include expenses related to an impairment loss on property, plant and equipment related to sale of property.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$4,544,119$2,100,323$2,906,443
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
$0$0$0
$1,083,975$1,250,661$1,490,112
Investment Income, Net of Losses($98,311)$334,393$2,401,244
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$66,518$47,012$99,383
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,046,418$3,074,473$4,125,434
Administration Expense$1,474,460$1,605,871$2,174,515
Fundraising Expense$562,158$666,672$562,447
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.701.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses60%57%60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%32%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$33,114,768$32,932,401$34,871,118
Current Assets$2,863,162$1,406,829$2,603,343
Long-Term Liabilities$3,821,732$3,921,055$3,984,732
Current Liabilities$1,051,136$1,282,711$1,543,124
Total Net Assets$28,241,900$27,728,635$29,343,262
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.721.101.69
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%12%11%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

The June 30, 2016 audit reflects a $513,000 increase in net assets.  Overall expenses were reduced by $264,000.   Like most nonprofits this year, the school experienced a slight loss on its investments.  The school received a large unrestricted bequest, which the board designated to be added to our endowment funds.  FTE student enrollment continued to decline as we shifted from a 90 hour master of divinity degree to 79 hours.

The June 30, 2013, Financial Statements--Statement of Activities (page 4) includes an $8.3 million loss on impairment of property, plant and equipment.  This loss recognition is a one-time event due to the institution’s relocation from the Truman Road Campus.  Note 11, page 24, of the audit report discusses this in more detail.  
 
In February, 2014, Saint Paul School of Theology sold the Truman Road Campus to Guadalupe Centers, Inc. of Kansas City.  We are pleased and excited about this sale, as it was very important for us to sell the property to an organization whose vision and mission aligned with our own for the area.  Guadalupe Centers is the longest continuously operating organization serving Latinos in the U.S.  Their plans to use the Truman Road property to support individuals and families in the Northeast and East Side neighborhoods of Kansas City align well with Saint Paul's mission over the last 50+ years.
Organization Name Saint Paul School of Theology
Address 4370 West 109th Street, Suite 300
Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 662111397
Primary Phone (913) 253-5000
Contact Email spst@spst.edu
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Neil B. Blair
Board Chair Dr. Michael J. Parmely
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas Medical Center
Year of Incorporation 1958