Watch andover newton’s juneteenth service, hosted by the historic dixwell avenue congregational church, ucc

Andover Newton, the oldest graduate school in the nation, formally affiliated with Yale Divinity School in 2017. All three institutions – Andover Seminary, Newton Theological Institute, and Yale Divinity School – emerged from the Second Great Awakening as schools focused on providing a learned clergy for faith communities. Over the centuries, these settings educated ministers who went on to serve locally governed churches, such as those that make up the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches (USA).  As an embedded institution within Yale Divinity School, Andover Newton offers the special benefits of a tradition-specific seminary alongside the unparalleled resources of a world-renowned university.

Andover Newton Seminary (ANS) at Yale Divinity School provides specific programs for those exploring or living into such a call, adds a ministry-loving flair to YDS, and creates new knowledge about the art and craft of congregational ministry. Staff and faculty employed by or affiliated with ANS offer their gifts to the seminary’s programs specifically, and they embody its values throughout Yale Divinity School.

Students enrolled at YDS through Andover Newton can earn a diploma certifying their preparation for ministry in addition to their Yale degree. Andover Newton funds faculty positions and educational programs through YDS and underwrites scholarships for ANS students. ANS and other YDS partners cover all demonstrated need for student tuition assistance. Applications to Andover Newton are administered through YDS, and ANS’s leaders engage with applicants at every phase of their discernment. Applicants interested in pursuing the program at Andover Newton Seminary should use a YDS application for admission, indicating their desire to enroll in the Andover Newton Seminary Program and they should simultaneously reach out to a member of the ANS staff.

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For over 200 years Andover Newton has educated clergy and other religious leaders dedicated to serving the church.

Andover Newton Seminary focuses on preparing religious leaders for service in locally-governed faith communities, including (but not limited to) United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches (USA) congregations.

Andover Newton remains rooted in its faithful devotion to the study and practice of worship as it has been passed down through local congregational communities.