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The story of St Nicholas Seminary

Brief History

St. Nicholas Seminary (SNS) was established in 1975 as an independent Anglican Seminary in response to a decision taken by the Synod chaired by the late Most Rev’d Dr. Ishmael Samuel Mills LeMaire.  

In 1992, the Provincial Synod of the Church of the Province of West Africa resolved to adopt St. Nicholas Seminary as a Provincial Institution open to students from across the Province.  

Today it remains the only active Anglican Seminary in the Province.

Centre of Excellence

In the last forty-eight years of its establishment and against the challenges of a growing institution, the Seminary has become a well-known centre of excellence for theological education and ministerial formation.  We are proud to have trained ordinands from Guinea, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia and United States of America among others, and to have received visiting lecturers from Canada, The United Kingdom, The United States of America and other parts of Africa on teaching exchange programmes and research. 

St. Nicholas Seminary has produced nine bishops across the Church of the Province of West Africa two of whom are Archbishops.  Most Rev. Dr. Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith the current Archbishop of the Internal Province of Ghana, and the Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa and Most Rev. Jacques Boston the Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa were all ordinands of St. Nicholas Seminary.

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