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 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.


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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.

Job Postings for Graduating Seminarians and Alumni
 

If you would like to have a ministry job opening posted internally for our graduating class and/or alumni, lay or ordained, please email a job description (Word or PDF) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also let us know the timeline for your discernment process, and if you would be interested in visiting GTS to conduct interviews, or if you would prefer to be contacted directly by seminarians. Job descriptions will remain on the website for 2 months from the date of receipt and then will be removed. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the position fills before the two months have ended so that we can remove the job description, or if you wish for the job description to remain for an additional period of time.

If you have any questions, please call Donna Ashley at 646-717-9706 or Jonathan Silver at 646-717-9705. 

If you're seeking a call or looking to make a transition, please browse the list of posts below that have been submitted directly to our office. You can also browse postings available through the Transition Ministry ConferenceEpiscopal Digital Network, Church Staffing, and Christian Jobs. If you are a member of our alumni community considering a transition, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly. We often hear from Rectors or Search Officers with job opportunities they prefer not to post.

 
Current Postings
 
 
Assistant Rector, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA (Posted 4/15/16)
 
Priest-In-Charge, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Haddon Heights, NJ (Posted 4/15/16)
 
Associate Rector, Grace Church, New York, NY (Posted 4/15/16)
 
Assistant Youth Minister, St. John's Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC (Posted 4/12/16)
 
Curate, Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, MO (Posted 4/12/16)
 
 
Restorative Counselor, Saint Francis Community Services,Salina, KS (Posted 4/1/16)
 
Associate (priest or transitional deacon), Church of St. Luke, New York, NY (Posted 4/1/16)
 
Campus Missioner, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, Topeka, KS (Posted 4/1/16)
 
Head Chaplain, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, FL (Posted 4/1/16)
 
Rector, Christ Church, Glendale, OH (Posted 3/23/16)
 
Outreach Coordinator, Trinity Church, Boston, MA (Posted 3/23/16)
 
Director of Children's Ministry, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, TX (Posted 3/10/16)
 
Director of Youth Ministries, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, SC (Posted 3/8/16)
 
Youth Minister, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Murfreesboro, TN (Posted 3/3/16)
 
Assistant Rector, St. John's of Lattingtown Episcopal Church, Locust Valley, NY (Posted 3/3/16)
 
Rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Glenmoore, PA (Posted 2/22/16)
 
Assistant to the Rector, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT (Posted 2/5/16)
 
Assistant to the Rector, Christ Church Easton, Easton, MD (Posted 2/5/16)
 
Associate Rector for Formation and Fellowship, St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Rector is the Rev. Luke Jernagan '06), Ladue, MO (Posted 1/27/16)
 
Assistant Director of Student Ministries, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, TX (Posted 1/20/16)
 
Assistant Director for Youth in Worship, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, TX (Posted 1/20/16)
 
Assistant Priest (Rector is The Rev. Meg Finnerud '13), St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Southport, NC (Posted 12/07/15)
 
Director of High School Ministries, St. Michael's and All Angels, Dallas, TX (Posted 12/02/15)
 
Priest, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Greenviille, MI, and Faith Lutheran Church, Sidney, MI (Posted 11/09/15)
 
Assistant Rector, Aquia Episcopal Church, Stafford, VA (Posted 11/09/15)
 
Assistant for Contemporary Worship and Young Adult Ministry (Rector can come to GTS to interview in November), St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Stuart, FL (Posted 10/16/15)
 
Youth Logistics Administrator, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal, Dallas, TX (Posted 10/5/15)
 
Director of Middle School Ministries, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal, Dallas, TX (Posted 10/5/15)
 
Interim Director of Christian Formation, Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, PA (Posted 10/1/15)
 
Assistant for Family Ministry, The Episcopal Church of the Advent, Kennett Square, PA (Posted 9/16/15)
 
Associate Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC (Posted 9/14/15)
 
The Rev. Charles "Chip" Connelly, Class of 2007 is looking for a Curate and Director of Family Ministries,
St. John's,Tampa, FL (Posted 9/8/15)
Fr. Connelly will be available to interview on the Close in late October. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.
 
Associate Rector, St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia, PA (Posted 8/18/15)
 
Communications Coordinator, The Church of St. Barnabas, Irvington, NY (Posted 8/10/15)
The Rev. Keith Voets '12 is Associate Rector

Executive Director, Episcopal City Mission, Boston, MA (Posted 7/28/15)
The Rev. Noah H. Evans '04 is Chair of the Board
 
Rector Search, Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, Toano, Virginia (Posted 7/28/15)
 
Director of Youth, Children, and Family Ministries (P/T), Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC), Syracuse, NY (Posted 7/16/15)
 
Minister for Children, Youth, and Families (P/T), St. George's, York Harbor, ME (Posted 7/16/15)
 
Director of Children and Family Ministries, Grace Church, NYC (Posted 7/14/15)
 
Director of Family Music Ministries (P/T, Sept.-May), First Presbyterian Church, NYC (Posted 7/14/15)
 
Director of Children's Ministries, St. Luke's, Darien, CT (Posted 7/14/15)
 
Associate Rector for Spiritual Growth, Calvary, Memphis, TN (Posted 7/14/15)
 
Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministries (P/T), West End Collegiate Church, UWS Manhattan, NYC (Posted 7/14/15)
 
Assistant or Associate Priest, St. Clare of Assisi, Ann Arbor, MI (Posted 7/13/15)
 
Stewardship Coordinator, St. James' Madison Avenue, NYC (Posted 7/13/15)
 
Christ Church, Easton, MD (Posted 6/19/15)
Assistant to the Rector (Curate) Click here for job description
Pastor for Teens and Young Adults Click here for job description
 
Director of Children's Ministries, Trinity Southport, CT (Posted 6/19/15)
 
Half-Time Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenville, MI (posted 6/19/15)
 
Assistant to the Rector, St. Timothy's, Creve Coeur, MO (posted 6/3/15)
 
Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York (posted 6/1/15)
 
Assistant Rector, St. John's, West Hartford, CT (Posted 5/29/15)
 
Assistant Rector, St. Mary's, Richmond, VA (Posted 5/21/15)
 
Assistant to the Rector, Christ Church, Westerly, RI (Posted 5/21/15)
 
Coordinator of Children's and Family Ministries (Part-Time), Christ Church Cambridge, Cambridge, MA (Posted 5/21/15)
 
 
Full-Time Associate, St. John's Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA (Posted 5/15/15)
 
Assistant-to-the-Rector, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, RI (Posted 5/15/15)
 
Curate, St. James' Church, Texarkana, TX (Posted 5/5/15)
 

A History of General Seminary


Although it is frequently dropped in informal reference, the tiny article "the" in the Seminary’s name is an important reminder of the institution’s broader origin. For the Seminary was intended from the beginning to be a Church-wide resource for the whole Episcopal Church which created it.

In 1814, with American victory in the War of 1812 having brought final freedom from European entanglements, the Diocese of South Carolina, with a burst of national vision, proposed the founding of a theological institution that would belong to the whole Episcopal Church. Dioceses would share responsibility for the maintenance of one institution of learning. Students from all parts of the country who came to the school to study for the priesthood would experience close and lasting association with one another. It was hoped that in these ways the Church's general seminary would strengthen the bonds of affection among the Church's dioceses.

Bound up in its very name, service to the Episcopal Church nationwide became central to the Seminary’s heritage. In 1817 the General Convention met in New York City and on May 26-27 these two Resolutions passed both Houses:

  • That it is expedient to establish a General Theological Seminary which may have the united support of the whole Church in the United States and be under the superintendence and control of the General Convention.
  • That the Seminary be located in the City of New York.

This location in New York City quickly became General’s greatest asset. First, the parishioners of Trinity Church, Wall Street, who provided the financial underpinning of the nineteenth century renewal of American Anglicanism, also generously supported its new General Seminary.

 

In 1821 Jacob Sherred, a vestry member of Trinity Parish, provided $70,000 in his will to endow "a General Episcopal Seminary in New York City." This was enough to make General one of the best-endowed seminaries in the nation. Another Trinity parishioner who made a significant contribution to the Seminary was Clement Clarke Moore, famous as author of the poem which begins, "’Twas the night before Christmas." He owned a large estate in Chelsea, which at that time was an undeveloped area of Manhattan, north of the city--in Moore’s own words, "a quiet, rural retreat on the picturesque banks of the Hudson." He offered a tract of 66 lots on his Chelsea estate to the Church on condition that a seminary be built there. General was not able to occupy Moore’s lots until 1827 when an East Building was erected. When the student body had grown to 64 in 1836, the West Building was erected to house 60 students.

Another advantage of locating the Seminary in the Diocese of New York was its bishop, John Henry Hobart. In Chelsea Square Bishop Hobart wished to restore the ancient pattern of the bishop as teacher surrounded by representative voices of the whole Church. The Seminary professor who happened to be a bishop would preside over meetings of the faculty. Hobart did this himself until 1830; his successor as Bishop of New York followed the pattern into the 1850s. There was no real Dean of the seminary until the 1860s.

In addition to the clergy, Hobart now also appointed two laypersons to make the faculty more representative: Clement Clarke Moore, a linguist and Hebrew scholar who undertook instruction in Biblical languages, and Gulian Verplanck, a gifted and eccentric New York legislator who was appointed Professor of Evidences of Revealed Religion and Moral Science.

Bishop Hobart believed that this corporate and representative body, in union with the Bishop as president, shared collectively in the ministry of defending and interpreting the Apostolic Faith to the nation. He wrote of the Seminary in 1825:

Harmony, union, vigour, zeal, like the life-blood of the human frame, are thus sent from this heart of our system, into every part of the spiritual body.... Strength arising from... the primitive truth and order which the apostles proclaimed and established.

The challenge since the 1840s has been to combine the richness and variety which emerged from later patterns of Episcopal theological education with the idealistic vision of the earlier Hobartian era, a vision born out of the time of the adjustment of Anglicanism to the new cultural dynamic of democracy.

Throughout its history and today, General has sought to be a seminary of the whole church, and that vision has been extended to include the ecumenical community and the Anglican Communion. Diverse theological, liturgical and spiritual emphases of successive periods have found a home here, and the community aspires to reflect the richness of the whole People of God.


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THE GENERAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
440 West 21st Street, New York City, NY 10011   |   tel (212) 243-5150  fax (212) 727-3907

The General Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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