Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary
Seminario Evangelico de Teologia (SET) was established in the city of Matanzas in 1946 as an ecumenical pastoral training center. The Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal Churches founded the Evangelical Seminary at Matanzas, Cuba on October 1, 1946. It is governed by a board of directors elected from two of the establishing denominations – the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches. Representatives from the faculty and administration also serve as members of the board.
The Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks to provide a high quality, diversified theological education program to prepare young church leaders to meet the challenges of growth in existing local congregations and in pursuing new church developments throughout Cuba. On campus, a BA and MA program are offered as well as an MDiv. Longer, non-residential versions of these programs can be followed for students who do not have the luxury of full-time study. Newer programs in Christian education, lay leadership training, pastoral care in prisons, and specialized training for ministry with the deaf and dumb are expanding the options of the seminary even as they respond to the needs of congregations. An extension program takes the seminary’s ministry to seven different provinces.
Young men and women representing more than a dozen Protestant denominations are now engaged in studies at Matanzas Seminary. Salaries for professors and staff are very low. The largest expenses that the seminary faces are food for the seminary community and transportation for faculty and students, most of whom serve a congregation during the weekends. The total yearly cost for a student’s study is about $3,500 for the academic year of which only about $175-$200 would be contributed by the local church that has sent that student for training.
Minimum Goal for 2016
$40,000 for seminary operations which includes student support