We are Growing!

CST’s Enrollment is at an All-Time High!

In the last three years, the number of students seeking their Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree more than doubled, spurred by the growth of Hybrid/Online programs.

Your Support is Essential!

Every Donor and Every Donation Makes a Real Difference

One of the most important areas of support is through student scholarships. The CST class of 2018 graduated with an average of $36,000 in student loan debt.

These alumni/ae are servant leaders in our churches, our mosques, our temples, at non-profits, and guiding social justice movements. By contributing to the Annual Fund, you make scholarships possible.

Your unrestricted dollars will allow us to continue to offer scholarship support to 100 percent of our M.Div., M.T.S., and M.A. students, as well as 25 percent of our doctoral students.

If you need assistance and/or if there is a specific scholarship you would like to support, please contact the Advancement Office at (909) 447-6361.

Your gifts help prepare our graduates to be agents of transformation and healing in churches, mosques, temples, local communities, schools, non-profit institutions, and the world at large.

How to give

The need for giving has never been greater, and luckily it has never been easier. We offer a variety of convenient options for you when making your gift.

If you have questions or need assistance at any point, please contact the Advancement Office at (909) 447-6361.

If you’d like to mail in a check made payable to Claremont School of Theology, just send it to the Advancement Office at 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Or to make an over the phone credit card donation call (909) 447-2501.

A gift of appreciated securities can be a way to both support CST and reduce your tax liabilities. For complete instructions click here.

Some gifts will benefit CST today, while others are meant to provide support in the future.  For information on a wide range of options including estate gifts, charitable gift annuities, life insurance and trusts. Contact:
Sharalyn Hamilton
Vice President for Advancement and Communications

Many employers offer a Matching Gift program to encourage their employees to contribute to their communities. You can double, or even triple your gift if your employer offers such a program.

Some companies match the gifts of spouses, retirees, and surviving spouses of retirees in addition to current employees. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if your company offers this benefit.

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student stories

Joy Yun, M.Div. student,
Honolulu, Hawaii:

My heart and passion have always been with the church, and I believe Christ is the ultimate example of creating and being a beloved community. After graduation, I plan to pursue ordination as an Elder in The United Methodist Church I hope to use what I learned at CST, by way of practical ministry, leadership and skills in biblical hermeneutics, as tools to help facilitate a beloved community.


Keziah Grindeland, M.T.S. student,
Salem, Oregon

My hope is to contribute to the demolition of structures that perpetuate bigotry, hatred, and oppression both in the microcosm of my immediate peers and loved ones as well as within our increasingly globalized world. I’m currently in the process of discernment, and I see two paths ahead of me. One leads back into the world of interfaith non-profits and the other leads me on to a Ph.D. and eventually to teaching.


JungEun Park,
M. Div. student

My concern for ministry is to create transformative community; advocate for justice; and actualizing love in the body of Christ.

My husband, Nae Youn Cho and I came to CST because we knew we would be challenged.

CST is where we could broaden our theological views and study.  CST is the place I could continue to keep and engage my Methodist legacy as a Korean Methodist.

During an internship at a church or other organization, most students go through a learning process to be creative and skillful. But, since the process is not a source of income, I struggled with finances while trying to study and do ministry.

The Scholarships from the Korean Endowment makes it possible to focus on our studies.

Thank You!

Joseph Kim
M.Div. 2017, Associate pastor, Bothell UMC (WA)

Soon after graduating from college, I was serving in the halls of power in our country and beyond on behalf of the United Methodist Church. I was at the United Nations, creating and implementing policy combatting human trafficking, and working towards education reform on Capitol Hill. Read More

Dr. Andrew Dreitcer
DONOR AND Associate Professor of Spirituality, Director of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual practice traditions intentionally form individuals and communities in particular ways. Spiritual sages have taught such wisdom for centuries—and still do.  And now scientists are adding to this wisdom. Such scientific research can be very inspiring as it reminds us that spiritual formation is not some ethereal, intangible thing; it actually changes us in very concrete, noticeable ways that impact the world around us.

“your generosity directly affects the formation of future faith leaders.”


Karen Leslie Hernandez
Doctor of Ministry

Hi! My name is Karen Leslie Hernandez. I’m working on my Doctor of Ministry at Claremont School of Theology, a school that provides a unique approach to theological education, an approach I believe in…Read More

Hello! I am Timote Piukala, pastor at Tongan UMC, in Mesa, Arizona, and Provisional Elder in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church…Read More

Larry J. Morris, III
hybrid student at Claremont School of Theology

Hi! My name is Larry J. Morris, III. I am a hybrid student at Claremont School of Theology on track to be ordained in the Disciples of Christ tradition. I am called to make this world a better place because, for me, God, faith, and justice are one in the same. Claremont School of Theology understands this. And thanks to scholarship donors, I’m living it.

CST is a good representation of the real world – the beauties and the challenges. People think, see, and listen differently. And, at CST – with its neighboring Disciples Seminary Foundation partner – we talk about that!

We are diverse. In every way. Religions, genders, race, ethnicity, sexuality. And everyone is welcome. We don’t have to agree. But we do want to understand one another so we can learn how to share the same space. Fear and difference won’t stop me from becoming your neighbor.

A CST education is more than intellectual. This is feet-on-the ground, community-based, lead-by-example learning and living. This gives me hope. I see people who look beyond their own self-interest to find where justice and love intersect.

Thura Phyo and Nang Chaw Su Maung,
M.A. students, Mu-Se, Northern Shan State, Myanmar:

We come from Myanmar – a diverse community not only religiously, but also ethnically, socially, economically, and politically; the kind of education we are receiving is exactly what our community needs. Upon graduation, we hope to be part of liberating people from oppression, violence, and poverty, and we want to share the ecumenical insight and interreligious spirit we have gained with our students at Shan Bible of Myanmar. We love Myanmar because God created and appointed us for it.

Dana Cagle, D.Min. student,
Glendale, California:

I am ordained clergy in Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and I serve as a hospice chaplain for two hospices and provide administrative work to an organization that educates spiritual directors and provides one-day retreats throughout the Los Angeles area. As a hospice chaplain I serve people of many faiths/religions/beliefs, and my studies here have been invaluable in my work. Switching from the Ph.D. program to the D. Min. program has confirmed my path in “hands on” ministry. I am not entirely sure the direction of my path post-graduation, but I am confident my time at CST will enrich the journey for me as well as those I meet along the way.

Hyun-Jae Lee,
M.Div. student, Seoul, Korea: 

When I graduate from CST, I want to use my education to revive the Kingdom of God, to recover the will and heart of God, and I’m willing to do all in my power – even to risk my life for it.

Bullus Gago
Ph.D. student

Currently I am a student in the Comparative Theology and Philosophies program. I could not have chosen a better program. My educational endeavors and journey would not have been realistic nor possible without the scholarship awarded to me by CST.  Read More

Kristie Grimaud
M. Div. 2017, Pastor at Chapel of the Hills in Descanso, CA

Since I feel called to be a United Methodist Elder, I wanted to go to a United Methodist seminary.  Raising a family does not leave room for additional expenses. Because of other people’s generosity, I was able to answer my call.  CST prepared me to pursue my dream of a world that reflects God’s love, where we see each other through God’s compassionate eyes.

“I would not have been able to attend seminary without scholarships.”


John and barbara dadd Shaffer
Scholarship Donors

“When I went to seminary, people completely unknown to me contributed to the support of my education. We are pleased to do the same for others.

What Claremont School of Theology contributes to the education of church leaders is vital for our society.”

Abigail Claughs

Hi! My name is Abigail Claughs. I am preparing to be an interreligious chaplain, ordained in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, a calling I discerned while learning at Claremont School of Theology…Read More

Nancy Fowler

My name is Nancy Fowler. I’m an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I received my M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology (CST) in 2007 and am working on my Ph.D…Read More

Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
M.Div. and D.Min.

Aloha, I’m The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong. I received my M.Div. and D.Min. from CST in 2006 and am serving as Congregational Life Staff in the Unitarian Universalist Association.

I came to Claremont School of Theology after a successful career in the film industry. Something was missing in my life but, like Gideon putting out the fleece, I kept finding ways to delay seminary. Thanks to supportive CST donors, I received the Presidential scholarship and I was able to pursue my increasingly persistent call.

For me, the intersection of faith and activism means living out our values in the world. At this critical juncture in our world’s history, we must be able to articulate why we engage in social justice as people of faith.

A CST education is thoughtful and practical. We encounter one another in the flesh – learning and working side-by-side – and breaking bread together. This experience helped clarify my ministry, bringing it from the theoretical into the lived interaction and cultivation of full relationship as people and as a Beloved Community.