CTS Backgrounder


Christian Theological Seminary resides on a beautiful 44-acre campus that sits on a bluff overlooking both the White River and Central Canal.  The campus features a main building graced with a noteworthy collection of modern art and the stunning Sweeney Chapel. CTS is a short drive from downtown Indianapolis, yet enjoys a tranquil setting with walking trails connecting it to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and its neighbor, Butler University.

Center for Pastoral Excellence

In 2012, Christian Theological Seminary launched the Center for Pastoral Excellence with the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc.  The Center is dedicated to recruiting, training and sustaining the church’s next generation of excellent pastors. The Center is currently home to five programs.
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affiliation

Christian Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  CTS is an ecumenical seminary with admission, programs and services open to all faith groups.

Counseling Center

The Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center is the only Counseling Program in the country that offers classroom and clinical instruction in the same location where counseling services are provided to the public.  This is an ideal situation for counseling interns and residents to complete their studies while conducting the service hours necessary for licensure.  The CTS Counseling Center provides services on a sliding scale allowing clients to pay what they can afford. The CTS Counseling Center provides services to individuals, families and children of all faith groups. Additional information may be found on the CTS Counseling Center's web page.

Degree programs

Christian Theological Seminary offers masters and doctoral level degrees.

Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MAMHC)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Dual Degrees:
Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MDiv MACMHC)
Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MDiv MAMFT)
Master of Divinity with Master of Theological Studies (MDiv MTS)


In terms of ethnicity, gender, orientation and religious viewpoint, Christian Theological Seminary boasts a faculty and student body that are among the most diverse of any similarly-sized seminary in the United States.  Much of this development can be attributed to intentional initiatives fostered and championed by former presidents Richard D. N. Dickinson and Edward L. Wheeler.


Christian Theological Seminary traces its beginnings to the Butler University College of Religion which was established in 1924 and later renamed the Butler School of Religion. In 1958, the School of Religion separated itself from the university and its leaders renamed it Christian Theological Seminary.  Today, CTS and Butler are collegial neighbors.

Many faith groups

Christian Theological Seminary is a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seminary with an ecumenical spirit.  Admission and programs are open to all faith groups.  More than 30 denominations are represented in CTS’s faculty and student body.

Momentum Campaign

In 2013, Christian Theological Seminary began a campaign to complete needed updates to its  classrooms, meeting spaces and grounds.  The goal of the campaign is $1 million dollars and will complete updates begun with a gift from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Matthew Myer Boulton is the sixth president of Christian Theological Seminary. A published author and ordained minister, his detailed biography may be found on his CTS Faculty page.