Our United Methodist Heritage and Connections
Pfeiffer’s connection to the United Methodist Church (UMC) extends back to 1903 when its founder, education pioneer Emily Prudden turned over her Oberlin Home and School to the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Over time, through changes that identified the school as Ebenezer Mitchell Home, Mitchell Junior College, Pfeiffer College and now Pfeiffer University, the institution remains one of only six U.S. colleges and universities included in the Higher Education initiative of the United Methodist Women (an outgrowth of the Women’s Missionary Society).
Having built a reputation over the years for exceptional Christian Education, mission and practical theology programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and its commitment to developing servant leaders in all disciplines, Pfeiffer University is known to “build the church from the inside out” with impressive numbers of highly qualified graduates who enter the clergy and accept lay leadership positions in ministries important to United Methodist congregations.
Today, Pfeiffer strives to be a preeminent model of a United Methodist university in the Southeast and nationally. An important part of its current strategic plan is to continue to pursue support for United Methodist scholarship and research; discover new and continue existing ways to express its United Methodist values through campus ministry, servant leadership and The Village Church; and develop systems of professional support for and outreach to United Methodist ministers and congregations.
Among the outreach programs helping Pfeiffer achieve its goal to provide professional support for clergy and congregations are the Clergy Health Institute and Plan, Prepare, Protect. In addition, every summer Pfeiffer University serves as the host site for Mission u: Learning Together for Transformation of the World, an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on recent mission study topics. Mission u is open to members and non-members of United Methodist Women.