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About STVU

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University (STVU) is a historically African American institution, that, in partnership with the church and community, endeavors to equip students for service within diverse, social contexts through a curriculum that emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual (trans) formation, and faithful service in the church and world.
The over 380 School of Theology students represent several states, come from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, and come to the School with individual ideas, but a common quest—to answer their call to Christian ministry.  



Our Mission

In fulfillment of its mission, STVU seeks: 

  • To act as a catalyst for the critical and conscientious faith development of students.
  • To assist students in defining and developing the specifics of their service in ministry.
  • To provide a compassionate and nurturing context for substantive theological study.
  • To serve as a facilitator of the church in defining and identifying worship in its broader aspects and in understanding its mission as it affects everyday life. 

The Setting

STVU is located in Richmond, Virginia, just two hours south of Washington, DC. Perched on hills overlooking the James River, the city is rich in natural beauty, historic sites and buildings, and cultural and religious traditions. Opportunities for cultural enrichment seem to increase each year with the city now boasting its own symphony, opera and ballet companies, numerous dinner theaters and stock companies, libraries, colleges and universities, performing arts centers, and museums, including the African-American History Museum. Richmond is culturally enhanced by means of a network of highways, railways, and airlines that serve every part of the nation. Historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg can be reached easily with approximately one hour's driving time. Virginia Beach, located on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, is another hour away.
As a population center, Richmond also provides the full range of opportunities for ministry and training in ministry. The problems and promises of a multi-faceted and constantly evolving urban environment provide a rich matrix of issues, which demand a creative and responsive ministry. Also, Richmond offers a rich heritage of African-American pride in cultural pursuits and entrepreneurship; these also help form the backdrop against which ministries which take seriously the African-American condition may be developed.


The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510