St. Tikhon's Seminary Welcomes ATS Site Visit Team
St. Tikhon's Seminary Welcomes ATS Site Visit Team

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).   


Opening Reception Photos - 11/20/16

The photo here is of Dr. Barbaa Mutch, offering an introduction at the opening reception.

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Seminarian Luncheon - 11/21/16

Dr. Leland Eliason, Site Team Chair (pictured here), and other site team members, meet and talk with seminarians after the Festal Liturgy for lunch on Monday, November 21st. 

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Field Education Session - 11/22/16

Presvytera Eugenia and Sr. Mary McCormick meet with Archpriests John Kowalczyk and David Shewczyk, Field Education Director and Associate Director, respectively.  Representatives from Wayne Woodlands Manor, Wayne Memorial Hospital, and SCI Waymart took time out of their schedules to participate in this session.

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Alumni Session - 11/22/16

Site Team members met with seminary alumni.  The team shared their request for a group of about ten alumni.  Working with Fr. Patrick Burns, Alumni President, alumni were invited who: were involved in the self study process, serve on the alumni leadership team, and are recent graduates.  Dr. Barry Morrison is shown here meeting with alumni.

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Site Team Luncheon with STS Board Members - 11/22/16

On Tuesday, November 22nd, site team members met for lunch with members of the St. Tikhon's Board.

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