Crozer Theological Seminary
Location: 21st St. and Upland Ave., Upland, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Coordinates: Area: 1 acre (0.40 ha) Built: 1857 Architectural style: Italianate Governing body: Private NRHP Reference#: 73001626 Added to NRHP: June 18, 1973
The Crozer Theological Seminary was a multi-denominational religious institution located in Upland, Pennsylvania. The school succeeded a Normal School established at the site and the building's use as a hospital during the American Civil War. The seminary mostly served as an American Baptist Church school, training seminarians for the entry into the Baptist ministry.
After 1970, when the seminary merged with institutions in Rochester, New York, the building was used for Crozer Hospital (now part of Crozer-Chester Medical Center.) Most recently, it is used for medical offices associated with the center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Seminary began as the Normal School of Upland, established and built by wealthy textile manufacturer John Price Crozer. Crozer allowed the Union to use the building as a hospital during the American Civil War.
After Crozer's death in 1866, his family converted the school to another purpose, endowing it as the Crozer Theological Seminary in his honor. His son recruited faculty for the new mission.
The most famous student of Crozer Seminary was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. He enrolled on September 14, 1948 and graduated on May 8, 1951 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He then studied and earned his doctorate at Boston University.
In 1970 the school moved to Rochester, New York, in a merger that formed the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The old seminary building was used as the former Crozer Hospital (now the Crozer-Chester Medical Center). Now the building is used for medical offices on the grounds of the Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Presidents Name Tenure Harry G. Weston 1869–1909 Milton G. Evans 1909–1934 James H. Franklin 1934–1944 Edwin E. Aubrey 1944–1949 Sankey Lee Blanton 1950–1962 Ronald V. Wells 1962–1970
- James B. Pritchard, taught in the chair of Old Testament History and Exegesis
- Henry Clay Vedder, professor of Church history
- John Warren Davis, taught Hebrew and Greek for three years
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- ^ Dugan, George (1970-05-17), "BAPTIST SEMINARY PLANS TO MERGE; Crozer Theological to Join With School in Rochester", New York Times: 36, ISSN 0362-4331, http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10717FB395417768FDDAE0994DD405B808BF1D3, retrieved 2009-10-06
- Picture of historical seminary building Crozer Divinity School
- Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture and Archeology[dead link]
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