Interdenominational Theological Center is very proud of our mission, origin and history that includes the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and the accomplishments and growth of the great denominations that came together to create “The ITC.” As a consortium of six denominational seminaries, we offer a unique and diverse ecumenical community, where students can study with, and learn from, different denominations and graduate with a broader perspective.
We believe that it is critical today for The ITC to be an example of diversity, tolerance and restoration as we educate students for leadership in a religiously complex world. Since its founding in 1958, our focus has remained on educating students who commit to practicing justice and peace through a liberating and transforming spirituality to become leaders and in local and global communities.
Our rich interdenominational model has created a community that is inclusive, caring and socially aware.
Our mission remains relevant and our commitment is unwavering. The ITC student ranges in age from 21 to 71 and their reasons for pursuing theological education has a range just as expansive. Therefore, we provide learning and unique experiences that include in-service, community outreach, research, field education and intercultural immersion trips. Also, our unique consortia model is best at equipping students for delivering ministry with a diverse, global perspective.
Browse these web pages or make plans to attend an upcoming event. I encourage you to get to know us. You will learn first hand that our rich interdenominational model has created a community that is inclusive, caring and socially aware.
Rev. Dr. Edward L. Wheeler
Edward L. Wheeler, an ordained Baptist minister, was elected President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia on January 21, 2015. He assumed his full-time duties on April 6, 2015. He previously served as President of Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) in Indianapolis, Indiana for fourteen years before being named President Emeritus of CTS on July 1, 2011. He retired on July 1, 2012, after earning a one-year sabbatical.
A highly regarded community leader and theological educator, Wheeler has served in numerous church and educationally related positions. He was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Religion and Society at Tuskegee University before going to CTS. He was Senior Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Cincinnati from 1985-1991. While at Zion he was on the faculty at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio teaching in both the M.Div. and D.Min. programs. From 1982-1985, he served as Dean of Morehouse School of Religion.
He is the author of numerous articles, book reviews and the books Uplifting the Race: Black Ministerial Leadership in the New South, 1865-1902 and Black Pearls: Lessons from a Beautiful Black Mother. As a dynamic preacher, lecturer and speaker, he continues to be in demand around the world.
Over the past two decades, He has served on several civic and professional boards including the Committee on Leadership Development of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (Office of the Mayor) and 100 Black Men of Indianapolis. Dr. Wheeler has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada (ATS) and as Vice Chair of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Intra Baptist Relations. He was a member of the joint Commission authorized by ATS and the Association of Hispanic Theological Education to strengthen Hispanic Bible Institutes.
He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College (’69) and his M. Div. (Magna Cum Laude) from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Emory University. He has been honored with several honorary doctorate degrees from leading colleges in Indiana, Christian Theological Seminary and Payne Theological Seminary. In 2011 Dr. Wheeler was named one of two Distinguished Alumni of the Year by Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
Wheeler and his wife, Mary Susan, have been married since 1969. They are blessed with three daughters and three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.