Iliff School of Theology
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Iliff School of Theology
Iliff School of Theology
Type Private
Established 1892
Affiliation United Methodist Church
Location Denver, Colorado, USA
Campus Urban
Adjoins the University of Denver's 125 acre campus [1]
Colors Blue

Iliff School of Theology is a graduate theological school in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1892, the school's campus is adjacent to the University of Denver. An average of 300-350 students attend the school each year [2]

Iliff is one of thirteen United Methodist Church seminaries in the United States. It also has close connections with the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Metropolitan Community Church, and others. Iliff's student body represents more than forty faith traditions.[3]

The school library contains the largest theological collection in the Rocky Mountain area with approximately 205,800 volumes, 60,600 microforms, and over 900 current periodical and serial subscriptions.[4]

Iliff School of Theology is accredited by Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.


Iliff Hall, built in 1892, houses part of the school

Iliff was founded in 1889 by as a seminary and school of religious studies of the University of Denver.[5] In 1892, it was named the Iliff School of Theology after John Wesley Iliff (1831-1878)[6] who had wanted to establish a school for training ministers in the territory of Colorado. After he died, his wife Elizabeth Iliff Warren and her second husband, Bishop Henry White Warren, succeeded in starting the Iliff School of Theology.[7] The cornerstone of Iliff Hall was laid on June 8, 1892 and construction was completed in 1893.[8] While the construction was taking place, the first classes began on September 23, 1892.[9]

In the summer of 1900, Iliff closed for various financial and organizational reasons.[10] On August 27, 1903, Iliff School of Theology was incorporated as an independent institution, separate from the University of Denver.[11] It reopened on September 10, 1910 as a freestanding school of theology and Methodist seminary.[12]

In September 1981, Iliff and the University of Denver inaugurated a joint Ph.D. program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies.[13]

Iliff has hosted a number of high-profile leaders for special events, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the Little Rock Nine, and others. From February 24-27, 2008, Iliff honored the Little Rock Nine in a series of events called "A Celebration of Courage."[14][15][16]

In 2011, Iliff established "The Courage Award." The [1] is given out as a means "to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or organizations whose courage, persistence, and determination has changed an unjust situation in the world." The first slated recipient of this award is Judy Shepard for her work in telling the story of her son, Matthew Shepard.


Presidents of the Iliff School of Theology have included:[17][18]

  • 1910-1915, Harris Franklin Rall
  • 1916-1920, James Albert Beebe
  • 1921-1924, Edwin Wesley Dunlavy
  • 1925-1932, Elmer Guy Cutshall
  • 1934-1942, Charles Edwin Schofield
  • 1942-1946, Harry T. Morris
  • 1947-1952, Edward Randolph Bartlett
  • 1953-1961, Harold Ford Carr
  • 1962-1969, Lowell Benjamin Swan
  • 1969-1981, Smith Jameson Jones, Jr.
  • 1981-2000, Donald E. Messer
  • 2000-2004, David Maldonado, Jr.
  • 2004-2006, J. Philip Wogaman
  • 2006-2012, David G. Trickett
  • 2012-2013, Albert Hernandez
  • 2013-present, Thomas V. Wolfe

Notable faculty

Faculty emeriti

Notable alumni


  1. ^ University of Denver (August 1, 2008). "University of Denver - The Look of Campus". Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "About Iliff". Archived from the original on September 23, 2008. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Iliff Information(November 21, 2008)."Iliff Denominations". Archived from the original on 2008-06-17. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Library Facilities". Archived from the original on May 12, 2008. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Templin, J. Alton (1992). An Intellectual History of the Iliff School of Theology, 1992 Edition, Colorado: Iliff School of Theology.
  6. ^ Rocky Mountain News(March 1, 2008)."John Wesley Iliff Crafted Kingdom From Cattle". Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Ira J. Taylor Library Archives (November 21, 2008)."Bishop Henry White Warren". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Ira J. Taylor Library Archives (December 3, 2008)."Bishop Henry W. Warren Chronology". Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Templin, J. Alton (1992). An Intellectual History of the Iliff School of Theology, 1992 Edition, Colorado: Iliff School of Theology.
  10. ^ Templin, J. Alton (1992). An Intellectual History of the Iliff School of Theology, 1992 Edition, Colorado: Iliff School of Theology.
  11. ^ Ira J. Taylor Library Archives (December 3, 2008)."Bishop Henry W. Warren Chronology". Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Ira J. Taylor Library Archives (November 21, 2008)."Brief History of Iliff". Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Iliff and DU Joint Ph.D. Program (December 3, 2008)."The Joint Ph.D Program". Retrieved . 
  14. ^ Rocky Mountain News (February 25, 2008)."Little Rock Nine Reunite for Iliff Events Honoring Their Historic Courage". Retrieved . 
  15. ^ The Denver Post (February 23, 2008).Sherry, Allison (February 24, 2008). "In A Class By Itself". Denver Post. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ The Denver Post (February 18, 2008)."Fifty Years After Little Rock". Denver Post. February 18, 2008. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ Ira J. Taylor Library Archives (November 21, 2008)."List of Iliff Presidents". Retrieved . 
  18. ^ Denver Post (May 23, 2012)."Iliff School of Theology in Denver parts ways with seminary president". Retrieved . 

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