Church Relations

Spiritual Life and Church Connections

D&E proudly claims its heritage as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related college, embracing the broad diversity of our student body, and providing the space and climate where spiritual needs and views of students of different faiths can be nurtured and shared in both discussion and service.

While our primary foundational church relationship is with the PC(USA), we also purposefully build relationships with local congregations from other denominations in order to serve our students’ spiritual needs more fully. Specifically, we are continually:


  • providing pastoral support through our Benfield-Vick Chaplain;
  • nurturing our students’ spiritual lives through student-led D&E Chapel Group (an official PC(USA) 1001 New Worshipping Community);
  • creating intentional opportunities campus wide as an integral part of their personal and academic growth through conversation, study, service and fellowship;
  • strengthening our Presbyterian Partnerships with our long-time partner relationship with Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church as a base for fellowship, learning, worship, and academic partnership; cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with all levels of the PC(USA), including the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Presbytery of West Virginia and the Synod of the Trinity, and the Westminster Foundation of WV;
  • offering scholarships specifically to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members;
  • inviting local congregations to make contact with and support students who come from other faith traditions, and inviting congregations as partners in the effort of supporting our students through internships, mission opportunities, venue for our choir and other partnerships;
  • providing mission, community service and travel opportunities where students can put their faith in action; and
    offering scholarships for PC(USA)-member students.

Spiritual Life

Student doing community service

Mission and Service

The Presbytery of West Virginia enjoys a sister relationship with the Nyeri Presbytery in Kenya, with mission co-workers in Nicaragua, with Peacemakers in the Holy Land, and with partners in the United States to provide opportunities for mission and service in our country and the world. The College has led multiple mission trips and continues to look for future travel opportunities.

If your church is planning a mission trip or service opportunity, please consider inviting a D&E student or two along as chaperones, program support, or just to make the fellowship connection with them.


Scholarships are available for all Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members. A letter from the student’s pastor confirming membership is required.

Children of PC(USA) pastors are eligible for the Covenant Scholarship, equal to half of the student’s tuition.