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Our Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Barbara Mutch, and a Site Visit Team from The Association of Theological Schools visited St. Tikhon’s Seminary from November 20-23 for a periodic re-accreditation review.  


Institutional Accreditation Director, Association of Theological Schools; Ordained Minister and Preacher; Baptist Union of Western Canada. 

Barbara Mutch was appointed to the ATS staff as director, accreditation and institutional evaluation in September 2015. Her work includes facilitating accrediting reviews, providing education and support to member schools about the process of accreditation, and providing staff support to the work of the Board of Commissioners of the ATS Commission on Accrediting. This is the first time St. Tikhon’s Seminary has welcomed our new accreditation liaison.

Site Visit Committee Chair: DR. LELAND ELIASON Former Dean Dean and Provost -Bethel University and Seminary, St. Paul, MN.


Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Franciscan School of Theology, Oceanside, CA; Teaching Fellow, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego; Podcast Contributor, Ancient Faith Radio.

SR. MARY MCCORMICK, OSU, PH.D. Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology, Wickliffe, OH.

DR. BARRY MORRISON Pastor, Wolfville Baptist Church, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The site visit began with an introductory dinner on Sunday, November 20th. Over the course of the next few days, site team members met with: Rector, Dean, administrative leadership, faculty, seminarians, alumni, and board members. They also undertook a document review related to the various meetings, and to confirm compliance with standards. Team members participated in services at the monastery church during the review.  From the seminary’s vantage point, the team was well-prepared for this visit, directly touching upon the most salient points in each session they conducted.

Though we will need to wait until the final report is issued in February to publicize the accreditation review findings, the St. Tikhon’s Seminary community is grateful to our new accreditation liaison and the site visit team for a very meaningful and genuine engagement.

Photos are included from our opening reception, meetings with seminarians, alumni, board members, and field education representatives (including leadership members from SCI Waymart, Wayne Woodlands Manor, and Wayne Memorial Hospital).