Meet Our President

The Reverend Dr. LaKeesha Walrond

Welcome to New York Theological Seminary! 

We are excited about what God is doing in the life of NYTS and I am honored to serve as the 12th and first woman President. 

The more I learn about the history and service of NYTS, the more I appreciate the unlimited possibilities of our bold future. For over 120 years, NYTS has been a sacred space dedicated to providing a relevant theological education that prepares men and women to serve humanity.

Through the creative collaboration of students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees, we have begun to reimagine what NYTS represents in our community and our world. While political turmoil, social upheaval, and economic crises narrate our current reality, NYTS continues to shine as a beacon of hope for those called to serve humanity. 

Here at NYTS, we prepare students to be creative, innovative and relevant in their ministry context. We promote deeper engagement and authentic relationships with the Creator and all of creation. You will encounter a relevant and rigorous theological education that is accessible, inclusive and transformative. These sacred experiences will  encourage you to evolve in your theological understanding, and help you to realize your unlimited potential. 

If you want to be a part of a diverse and inclusive community of learners acquiring the resources, tools, and strategies for effective leadership, NYTS is the place for you. If you are seeking to be prepared to engage in prophetic and transformative ministry, NYTS is the place for you. If you are seeking to lead an organization that promotes love and respect for the Creator and creation throughout the world, NYTS is the place for you.. We are committed now more than ever to prepare faith and thought leaders to engage, relevant, restorative, and revolutionary ministry and our graduates leave NYTS equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be leaders and thinkers in today’s world.

We invite you to learn more about us by participating in our upcoming events, exploring our website, and engaging with us via our social media channels. I look forward to welcoming you to our NYTS family as we honor our bright past and embrace our bold future.


The Reverend LaKeesha Walrond, Ph.D.

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PLEASE NOTE:In response to COVID-19, the NYTS office is currently closed. The staff is working remotely during this time and can still be reached via email. Click HERE for our faculty and staff directory.

Due to Covid-19,

all NYTS classes will be held online for the Fall semester of 2021

Our website is currently under construction! A new website is coming soon. For more information on our acdemic programs, visit ApplyToNYTS.Online
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