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History

Our school was established in 1991 by Rev. Timothy J. Patterson in partnership with the Servant Leadership School at the Church of the Savior in Washington, DC

Since our founding, thousands of students – both lay and ordained Christians as well as practitioners of other faiths and spiritual seekers – have participated in our classes, workshops, retreats and conferences.  Over 15 new non-profits and ministries have spawned in Greensboro as a direct result of students discerning a call through our program to serve in the church and/or local community.

In the past decade, we have worked to expand, develop, and spread our curriculum.  In 2006-2007, we held a series of trainings that helped to establish new Servant Leadership programs in other parts of the country, such as The Servant Leadership Center in Pittsfield, MA and The Servant Leadership School of Northwest Arkansas. Since 2008, we have worked with Johnson Service Corps in Chapel Hill, NC, where they use our core curriculum in their work with young adults. Last year, we trained national leaders of the Episcopal Service Corps to use our “Call and Money” curriculum to work with young adults in vocational discernment.

The Institute for Servant Leadership in Hendersonville, NC, founded by the late Episcopal bishop of Atlanta, GA, Rt. Rev. Bennett J. Sims, was integrated into our program in 2011. Our campus became the site for two major "Co-Creation" conferences in 2012 and 2014, inviting students from all over the country to hear from nationally-renowned speakers like Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, and Cynthia Bourgeault. 

Our program continues to evolve as we seek out new resources to deepen the vision of the Servant Leadership School and find ways to share this experiences to others.

If you are interested in integrating our curriculum into your church, non-profit, or ministry, contact Ruth Anderson, Director, at