Pittsburgh Theological Seminary receives largest gift in its history

January 29, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has received a gift of $20,250,000—the largest single donation in the Seminary’s more than 220 year history. This estate gift came from Robert Thomson, a life-long Pittsburgher and Presbyterian. Thomson and two of his brothers generously supported Pittsburgh Seminary during their lifetimes and through their estate plans.

“Robert Thomson was a gentle, humble man who loved Pittsburgh Seminary and showed it dramatically with this most generous gift. It’s a gift that will keep on giving to the benefit of PTS students, graduates, and their ministries for generations,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III, president and professor of homiletics.

This gift will allow the Seminary to complete the funding for the Reaching Forward Campaign which began in 2010. To date the Seminary has raised $20.5 million toward the $26 million goal. Beyond the Campaign objectives, the Seminary’s Board of Directors will determine where these resources can best support and advance the mission of Pittsburgh Seminary. 

“Indeed, this is a marvelous gift that will have a far reaching impact on Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  We are very thankful to God for it,” said Thomas Pappalardo, vice president for strategic advancement and marketing.

Founded in 1794, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Rooted in the Reformed tradition, the Seminary is committed to the formation of women and men for theologically reflective ministry and to scholarship in service to the global Church of Jesus Christ.