Christian Theological Seminary is more than a seminary.

We are a graduate school of theology related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serving the whole people of God. We welcome all to create an intellectually rigorous, spiritually formative and emotionally supportive education that equips our students to go out into all the world and serve—whether that’s in the church or in the community. CTS also offers a robust counseling program that provides professional counseling preparation and spiritual/theological integration for those training to become mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral psychotherapists and spiritual care specialists.

Our legacy and vision are rooted in inclusivity and respect for the dignity of humankind, created by a loving God, and made for relationship. At CTS, we believe that worth and dignity are birthrights of every person and stand independent of one’s age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, or social status. Responding to Christ’s love we celebrate one another and seek to learn from one another.


To form disciples of Jesus Christ for church and community leadership to serve God’s transforming of the world


To be an academic learning community that gives witness to God’s liberative, restorative, and life-affirming message

Core Values

Advancing scholarship and formation

Preparation for ministry should be intellectually rigorous, spiritually formative, and emotionally supportive

Embracing diversity

The diversity of the human community is a gift from God and an indispensable resource in preparation for responsible ministry

Working toward justice for all

Working toward justice for all is an imperative of Christian faith and life

Affirming God-given human dignity

All people are created in the image of God and therefore have inherent worth and dignity

Promoting healing and wholeness throughout creation

Promoting healing and wholeness throughout creation is one way we participate in God's work

Office of the President

Greeting from President David Mellott, PhD

Greetings to you on behalf of the Christian Theological Seminary community!

CTS is an amazing community of learners, teachers, activists, counselors and leaders. I knew that when I applied to be the 7th president. The community is marked by deep generosity, respect for academic work, a passion for justice, and a spirit of gratitude.

In April 2021, the Board of Trustees of CTS approved CTS 2030: Project Transformation, a comprehensive strategic plan with a focus on addressing the question “What is God inviting us to consider?” Building on the strong foundation of the Mission and Core Values of CTS, a new core strategy emerged: CTS will serve the public through serving the church.

We need students, institutional partners and benefactors to join us in reimagining theological education so that graduates, churches and community leaders can become catalysts for bringing God’s love, justice and liberation to the world. We hope that you will join us in responding to God’s invitation.

Whatever your role, whatever your story, may you find at CTS an embodiment of God’s welcome, hospitality and graciousness.

In the Spirit,

President David M. Mellott, PhD

At a Glance

David M. Mellott, PhD

  • 7th president of Christian Theological Seminary
  • Tenure began on July 1, 2019
  • Installation: September 19, 2021
  • Ordained minister with the United Church of Christ
  • Previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean, and Professor of Theological Formation at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster PA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Theological Studies, Emory University | Atlanta GA
  • MA in Religious Studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • BA in English Literature and Latin American Studies from the Pontifical College Josephinum
  • Authored I Was And I Am Dust (2009) and Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive (2016)
  • Dr. Mellott and his husband, Reverend Lance F. Mullins, reside in Indianapolis

Governance and Leadership

Mike Smith
Indianapolis, IN
Retired, Anthem, Inc.
Richard L. Spleth
Indianapolis, IN
Regional Minister, Christian Church in Indiana
Timothy Sullivan
Bloomington, IN
Chief Financial Officer, Thompson Thrift Construction
Jo Taylor
Indianapolis, IN
Retired, Eli Lilly and Company
Ted Waggoner
Rochester, IN
Managing Attorney, Peterson Waggoner and Perkins, LLP
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Alana Jamil Washington
Indianapolis, IN
Executive Pastor, Amazing Grace Christian Church
Sharon Watkins
Bethany, WV
Retired General Minister & President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
John Williams
Indianapolis, IN
Professor, IU School of Dentistry
David M. Mellott
President, Professor of Theological Formation
Robert Saler
Interim Dean of the Faculty, Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture, Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence and the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program
Kristin Champa
Vice President for Advancement
F. Ward Logan
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Strategic Plan

CTS 2030: Project Transformation

CTS 2030 is our vision for where we want to be in less than a decade. The plan, which sets out our path toward that destination, was developed with input from hundreds of stakeholders—thought leaders in theological education, alumni, church, and community leaders in Indianapolis.

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The Legacy of CTS

CTS has a rich history, filled with leaders who pioneered change and social justice. Since 1855, there have been many ordinary moments and key milestones that have marked our growth.

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