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The Alumni/ae Conferences are presented in the spirit of the leadership of former President James I. McCord. A celebrated ecumenical leader in the world church, he established the Seminary’s Center of Continuing Education, the first such program at a theological school, as part of his enduring commitment to the advancement of theological education and research. He was aware that ministry was a growing and changing enterprise to which seminary years could provide only an introduction. He believed that theology was critical to the human enterprise.

James McCord about PTS students and graduates:
“I love their ideals, their zest, their energy. I expect the best from them. A minister should be the ablest, smartest, hardest-working, and most humble person in any town.”