Drew Theological School

Draw the Circle Wide

We are looking for believers, activists, seekers, thinkers, counselors, preachers, teachers, poets and dreamers who value thinking and action.

  • Commit to courageous Christianity.
  • Dive into ecological and social justice.
  • Inspire the church, the neighborhood, the city, the world.

The next generation of faith leaders needs imagination and courage to constructively engage the challenges and opportunities of our age. This is built into how we do things. No matter your degree program, a Drew Theological School education includes interdisciplinary courses that demand out-of-the-box thinking, apprenticeship training that addresses real-world issues and modes of learning that promote adaptability and innovation.

Community News

The Rev. Donna Olivia Owusu-Ansah T’10
Chaplain, JFK Medical Center | Associate Minister, New Hope Baptist Church

The Rev. Dr. Kevin D. Miller T’03,’08
Executive Director of Graduate Admissions, Drew University

Teresita Matos-Post T’14
Executive Director, Beth-El Farmworker Ministry

The Rev. James Lee T’19
Lead Pastor, Wesley United Methodist Church

Olivia DiAgostino T’19
Transformation Program Coordinator, United Methodist Women


The Forest is Waiting

We welcome you to determine if Drew is the right fit for you. Join us for a personal consultation with our admissions staff to learn more about our many graduate programs, our faculty, and the admissions process.

Upcoming Events

Ken Rowe Memorial | Tipple Lectures
October 6 @ noon and 6 p.m. | Drew University

En La Lucha: What is “The Struggle” in 2022 for Latinas/for Us All?
October 6 @ 7 p.m. | Online

Evolving Faith Conference
October 14-15

Fall Open Doors
October 20 @ 11:30 a.m. –  4 p.m.  | Drew University

Korean Open Doors
October 25 @ 6 – 8 a.m. ET | Online

African Open Doors
November 1 @ 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET | Online

Virtual Open Doors 
November 9 @ 5 – 7 p.m.  ET | Online

The #DrewTheo Latinx Caucus welcomes all to next week’s event, “En La Lucha / In the Struggle: What is the Struggle in 2022 for the Latinas / for us all?” The event will be on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET on Zoom, and it is the inaugural event for the Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Justice Institute.

Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz was a Cuban-American theological who was a #DrewTheo professor of ethics and theology for twenty-eight years. Register today at the link in our bio.

Beth Babcock (she / her / hers) is an essential part of the #DrewTheo community. As the Operations Manager and Assistant to the Associate Deans, Beth keeps our community running behind the scenes.

Beth has enjoyed the genuine kindness of the theological community in her nearly six years at Drew, and she appreciates learning from our global community.

"I get to meet and learn from young people from all over the world. It is not something I had the privilege of being a part of [previously]. It is fascinating to learn about these students and what the world is like outside of my purview," she said.

When not at Drew, Beth is a wonderful grandma to three grandsons who she says are "my joy!"

You're invited to join the #DrewTheo community on Tuesday, October 4 to hear from Keegan Osinski, author of "Queering Wesley, Queering the Church." The gathering will be in Rowe Room of the Archives, and a promo code for Osinki's book is offered. ...

Jimmy Brooks has a long history with #DrewTheo that began far before he became a student. His journey at Drew started as a part-time employee in food services.

Jimmy's employment at Drew led to his enrollment as a student. "I was hired to work part-time and evenings at Drew’s snack bar. At first, I was kind of intimidated. This was Drew University and I thought it was strictly a religious institution, but I found out differently. It was when I began working catering functions at the cafeteria that I was convinced I would never sit in one of the classrooms, but rather - look at God," he said. "Little did I know I was being prepared to become a student."

After completing the Master of Divinity with a focus in Chaplaincy, Jimmy now works at Union County Social Services.

"My experience at Drew has been transformative because I’ve been equipped to better serve the world. I work at Union County Social Service and I interact with many different situations that require more than handing out tracts. I am present with those I encounter to encourage them through what seems impossible to overcome. I started as a community service aide where I would visit the jail, nursing homes, and community events. I learned sometimes people just want someone to listen. I was able to encourage, give information, and hope to others. My ministry is one of encouragement and pastoral care to and for my co-workers," he reflected.

Jimmy has been a great asset to the entire Drew community and is living out his calling in the field of chaplaincy by listening to others. Read more about Jimmy Brooks at the link in our bio.

The #DrewTheo staff spotlight is featuring Hilary McKane (she / her / hers), Director of Graduate Academic Services.

Hilary began this role in February of 2022, and she appreciates how much the faculty and staff care about students and do everything they can to help them. Hilary says she relies on Google spreadsheets at Drew more than anywhere else she has worked!

Hilary and her husband have seen baseball games together, and they hope to see a game in each MLB stadium.

#DrewTheo is partnering with Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, NJ as they host a Q Christian Fellowship night of worship, fellowship, and prayer! 🌈 Make plans to join us next week on Sunday, September 18 and add your free RSVP at the link in our bio. ...

Happy Labor Day! After taking today off work, check out these listings on the #DrewTheo Job Board at the link in our bio. ...

As our semester begins, we welcome all to the #DrewTheo Fall Matriculation service on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. EDT in Craig Chapel of Seminary Hall. Our new students and returning students who have not previously attended a Matriculation are invited to sign the Matriculation book. Dr. Hyo-Dong Lee, Associate Professor of Comparative Theology, will deliver the address.

Known as one of our great traditions and rituals, the signing of the Matriculation book dates back to the origins of Drew University when founded in 1867. If you are not joining us in person, a livestream option is available on Facebook and YouTube.

#DrewTheo now has an Off-Campus Housing Board! Current students can find the link in this week's Drew Theo Update email.

DM us if you have a housing opportunity for students.
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💚💙 Let's kick off a new school year right, #DrewTheo community!

💚 Whether you're at in person orientation on Thursday, chatting at the Welcome Back Reception on Thursday evening, or joining us Friday for online orientation, we are thrilled to meet you.

💙 Welcome to Drew, and keep us in your tags so we can share all of the #DrewTheo goodness happening within our global and local community.

#DrewTheo knows that real world experiences contribute greatly to a modern #theologicaleducation. Through internships and ministry placements, students have the opportunity to apply, test, challenge, and assess the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Through a summer internship, Master of Divinity student Tapiwa Manyonga T’23 had the opportunity to gain valuable experience with the Exploring Leadership Internship (ELI) Project, an initiative of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) designed to support young adults exploring a call to vocational ministry and provide a practical and experiential discernment processes.

During her internship, Tapiwa was able to preach, lead Sunday worship, and engage a sermon series on biblical women, Tabitha and Deborah. She also led a Bible study group on the Book of Ruth and engaged in the church’s youth activities.

“Drew prepared me well for this internship because the classes I took in the spring really gave a foundation of what I am doing now,” Tapiwa said. “The United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity and New Testament Narratives courses, as well as the many preaching classes, are really helpful in my internship.”

I believe that Drew’s heritage will enable me to expand my views and provide a deeper theological world.”
—Master of Divinity student Jung Hyun Woo, South Korea

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