Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary
PC(USA)-backed school trains a new generation of Cuban church leaders
March 31, 2010
Founded in 1946 by Presbyterians and Methodists, Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary is the only ecumenical theological institution in Cuba. It enrolls more than 300 students in a variety of programs, including a residential program designed for candidates for ordained ministry, biblical and theological courses for lay leaders and a training program for Sunday school teachers and youth leaders.
All students and professors serve in congregations on weekends and students are involved in a wide variety of service projects throughout the school year, including community centers, HIV/AIDS programs, hospital chaplaincy and health clinics and education programs.
Students’ congregations financially support their theological education. Most students attend part time because most churches cannot afford full-time tuition. More than 40 percent of the seminary’s support comes from partner congregations and presbyteries in the United States.