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cc-moore-smallerGeneral Seminary's mission, to educate and form leaders for the church in a changing world, has been a central focus throughout its long history.  Chartered by General Convention in 1817, General's very name was chosen to reflect the intention of its founders: that it would serve the entire Episcopal Church. Church leaders, with a burst of national vision, conceived a theological institution that would belong to the whole Episcopal Church, where students from all parts of the country would come to prepare for ordination.

east-west-etchAn important milestone occurred in 1819.  Clement Clarke Moore, who would later become a professor at General, but who is best known as the author of the poem which begins, "Twas the night before Christmas," gave a large parcel of land, an apple orchard, to the Church on condition that a seminary be built there.  The land stood on the west side of Manhattan close to the Hudson River.  East Building, the Seminary's first home, was erected in 1827 and was joined in 1836, by West Building, built  to house 60 students.  The Seminary's location in New York City quickly proved to be a great asset and defining characteristic.

chapel-etchThroughout its history General has followed its mandate to be a seminary of the whole church, a vision that has broadened to include the ecumenical community, the Anglican Communion, the City of New York, our country, and our world.  Toward the end of the 19th century Dean Eugene Augustus Hoffman began an ambitious building program, dubbed in the press as "Dean Hoffman's Grand Design."' 


Dodge_Hall_L1000255By erecting a series of stately brick buildings--dormitories, faculty apartments, and a classroom building--around the perimeter of the block, a magnificent  quadrangle or  "Close," after the fashion of English universities, was created. At its center was the jewel of the Dean's design, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Between the 1930's and 60's several other more modern buildings were added including a new library.


Since 1822 General has graduated over 7,000 men and women. Our worldwide alumni/ae now total approximately 2,400. GTS graduates serve primarily in the Episcopal Church. In recent decades  an increasing number of GTS students are preparing for serving Christ as lay persons along side those who plan to be ordained.

Click here for a more detailed looked at General Seminary's interesting past.





Contact Us & Directions

 The General Seminary is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, on the west side of Manhattan, occupying the full city block between West 20th and West 21st Streets and between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. The entrance is on 21st Street halfway between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

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You may contact the Seminary by the following means:

Mailing Address:

The General Theological Seminary
440 W. 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-243-5150 (Reception Desk operator will route your call)
Fax: 212-727-3907
Toll-free: 888-487-5649

The GTS Faculty Listing & Administration Staff Directory lists the contact information of various department heads.

Also feel free to send us an e-mail using this form.


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The General Theological Seminary, at 440 West 21 street, New York City, occupies the full block between 9th and 10th Avenues and between West 20th and West 21st Streets in Manhattan. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south-side of 21st Street.    See map for our location.

By Subway
Nearest subway stops are:

  • for the Number 1 Train, the 23rd St. stop on Seventh Avenue (walk west on 23rd, turn left onto Ninth Avenue to 21st Street, then turn right onto 21st Street. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south (left) side of 21st Street.);
  • for the C and E Trains, the 23rd St. stop on Eighth Avenue (walk west on 23rd, turn left onto Ninth Avenue to 21st Street, then turn right onto 21st Street. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south (left) side of 21st Street.).

By Car


From the North: From the George Washington Bridge, exit onto the Henry Hudson Parkway/Westside Highway/Route 9 South to 23rd Street.  Turn left onto 23rd Street, continuing to Ninth Avenue.  Turn right onto Ninth Avenue to 21st Street, then turn right onto 21st Street. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south (left) side of 21st Street.

From the West:


  • From the Lincoln Tunnel, exit on 40th Street, turn right onto Ninth Avenue. At 21st Street, turn right. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south (left) side of 21st Street.
  • From the Holland Tunnel, follow uptown signs to exit on Hudson Street. Follow Hudson north for many blocks -- fifteen or more, but don't bother with counting them, just continue north on Hudson and stay on it as its name becomes 8th Avenue.  Not long after, you'll notice that the cross-streets begin to be regularly numbered (14th, 15th, 16th . . . ).  When you reach 21st Street, the last few turns you make depend on the day and time of day, as follows.  Evenings and weekends, turn left at 21st Street and go a block and a half (passing Ninth Avenue):  the entrance to the Seminary is located midblock on the south (left) side of 21st Street. Between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm during school days, don't turn onto 21st.  Continue on 8th Avenue to 23rd Street and turn left. Go one block to Ninth Avenue, turn left on Ninth and go to 21st Street, where you turn right. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south (left) side of 21st Street.

From the East: From midtown bridges & tunnels, take 2nd Avenue south to 23rd Street, turn right (west) on 23rd Street to Ninth Avenue, turn left and, at 21st Street, turn right. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south (left) side of 21st Street.

Parking: There is some on-street parking and many local parking lots and garages (at City prices). Two of the closest are located at 23rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues (in the London Terrace complex), and on 27th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.


GTS is an exciting community of teachers and learners committed to theological inquiry and the highest standards of scholarship. We value our diversity and the common life we share in Jesus Christ. To learn more about us we invite you to visit these areas of our website.

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Employment Opportunities

Officers of the Board of Trustees


The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, lll


Bishop, Diocese of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA


Mr. F.T. Davis, Jr.

First Vice Chair

Senior Counsel, McKenna Long and Aldridge, LLP

Atlanta, GA


The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Rankin Geitz (M.Div. 1993)

Second Vice Chair

Chair, Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation

Shohola, PA


The Rev. Charles (Chip) Connelly (M.Div. 2007)


Priest in Charge and Chaplain, St. John's Episcopal Church

Tampa, FL


Ms. Constance White


Canon, Diocese of New Jersey

Trenton, NJ


Dale C. Christensen, Jr., Esq.


Partner, Seward and Kissel, LLP

New York, NY




The Very Rev. Dan Ade (M.Div. 1992)

Dean and Rector, St. John's Cathedral

Los Angeles, CA.


Mr. Richard Ammons

Senior Consultant, Marts and Lundy

Durham, NC


Mr. John Andren, Jr.

Trustee, Diocese of Long Island

Garden City, NY


The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate (M.Div 1999)

Rector, Iglesia Memorial de San Andres

Yonkers, NY


The Rev. Michael Bird (M.Div. 1997)

Rector, Christ Church, Episcopal

Bronxville, NY


The Rev. Canon Timothy A. Boggs (M.Div. 2007)

Rector, St. Alban's Episcopal Church

Cape Elizabeth, ME


Ms. Anne Clarke Brown (M.Div. 1990)



Mr. Sanders Davies

Partner, O'Connor, Davies, Munns and Dobbins, LLP

Stamford, CT


The Rev. Patricia Steinecke Downing (M.Div. 1995)

Rector, Trinity Episcopal Parish

Deleware, MD.


Ms. Ramona M. Fantini

President, Pino Gelato

Hilton Head, SC


Mr. Bruce Garner

Parishioner, All Saint Episcopal Church

Atlanta, GA


Mr. Randall Ashley Greene (M.A. 2007)

President and CEO, Safe Flight Instrument Corporation

Greenwich, CT


The Rev. Canon Jadon Hartsuff (M.Div. 2012)

Canon, St. John's Cathedral

Denver, CO.


The Rev. Hopie Jernagen (M.Div. 2008)

St. Louis, MO


The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, lll (Th.D. 2009)

Little Rock, AR


The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer (M.Div. 1980, D.D.2001)

Bishop, Diocese of West Virginia

Charleston, WV


The Rt. Rev. Steven Miller (M.Div. 1984, D.D.2004)

Bishop, Diocese of Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI


The Rev. Matthew Moretz (M.Div. 2006)

Associate Rector, St. Bart's Episcopal Church

New York, NY


Mr. Jack Murray

Chairman, Murray Corporation

Tampa, FL


The Rev. Edward (Ned) S. Prevost ( M.Div 1970)

Rector (ret.), Christ Church, Episcopal

Winnetka, IL


The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano

Bishop, Diocese of Long Island


The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls (M.Div 1988, D.D. 2001)

Chief Operating Officer, The Episcopal Church

New York, NY


The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk (M.Div. 1967, D.D.1985) 

Bishop, New York (Retired)


The Rev. Dr. Ellen M. Sloan (M.Div. 2002)

Rector, St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church

Sanibel, FL


The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes (M.Div. 1990)

Bishop, Diocese of New Jersey

Trenton, NJ


The Rt. Rev. Eugene T. Sutton (D.D. 2009)

Bishop, Diocese of Maryland

Baltimore, MD


The Rev. Canon John Thompson- Quartey (M.Div. 1997)

Canon for Ministry Development

Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


The Rev. Ellen L. Tillotson (M.Div. 1983)

Priest Associate, Christ Church, Episcopal

New Haven, CT


Mr. Robert E. Wright

Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Relations

Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Durham, NC



Members Ex-Officio


The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche (D.D. 2013)

Bishop, Diocese of New York

New York, NY


The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle (M.Div. 2004)

Dean and President, The General Theological Seminary

New York, NY


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

New York, NY


Trustees Emeritus


The Rt. Rev. C.P. Mellick Belshaw (M.Div 1954, STM 1957, Clement Clark Moore Medal, 2007)

Bishop (ret.), Diocese of New Jersey

Princeton, NJ


The Very Rev. Robert Giannini (M.Div. 1967, D.D. 1986)

Dean and Rector (ret.), Christ Church Cathedral, Episcopal

Indianapolis, IN


Last revised: March 20, 2014


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