Urban Theological Institute – UTI

Celebrating our past… Building our future

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Now celebrating its continuing presence in the United Lutheran Seminary, UTI has been dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community. If you have a sense God is calling you to be a pastor, to serve as a social justice advocate, Christian educator, chaplain, teacher, or church leader, UTI can equip you with the theological education you need to succeed in your chosen ministry. Through programming and courses, UTI provides opportunities for clergy and laypersons to prepare themselves for service as educated leaders of the church.

Areas of Concentration

  • Master of Divinity with Black Church, Multicultural, and Urban Ministry concentrations
  • Master of Arts (MA) pathway with a variety of ministry leadership specializations
  • Master of Sacred Theology (STM), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) advanced degrees
  • Non-credit Certificate Programs in Church Leadership and Christian Ministry (see information and registration here)
  • Through public programming such as Preaching with Power and the UTI Lecture series

The Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson joined the staff in July 2009 as Director of the Urban Theological Institute.

The Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., DMin, PhD, joined LTSP at the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester as the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies.

Annual UTI Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller presented the 2018 Annual UTI Lecture on September 18, 2018 in the Brossman Center, United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia campus.

Preaching with Power 2019

A Forum on Black Preaching & Theology

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UTI Director

The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson

The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson

Director of the Urban Theological Institute & Black Church Studies Program

The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson, a native of Newark, NJ, holds ordination through the National Baptist Convention, USA and the Church of God in Christ. He serves as the Director of the Urban Theological Institute at the seminary overseeing the Black Church Studies Program. He also served as Director of Admission and Recruitment for the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta for 10 years. He conducts seminars and workshops and preaches at churches across denominational lines around the nation.

Public Programming

In addition to the Black Church concentration and the certificate program, UTI provides occasions for the general public to share in the life of theological education. The major event organized by UTI is the annual Preaching With Power series. Preaching With Power brings to Philadelphia for a week each March, the finest in African American preaching. This series is hosted both on the seminary’s campus and in congregations in the community. The UTI celebrates its founding each fall with the UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration, featuring an outstanding scholar and preacher from the African American church. Proceeds of the Celebration benefit the Wright Chair endowment.

The Wright Chair of African American Studies

The Wright Chair in African American Studies was established in honor of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., who in 1949 was one of the first two African Americans to receive an STM degree from the seminary. Pastor Wright served Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, for many years. Fund raising continues to make this a fully endowed academic chair at United Lutheran Seminary.


UTI Certificate Study Programs

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