The Challenge


St. James University is an international distance-learning ministry lifting higher education higher. Our comprehensive curricula offer rigorous but enriching study and training with the love of Christ incorporated within each course. Our central offices are based in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.  St. James the Elder Theological Seminary is the senior branch of our university and is joined by our College of Holistic Health, College of Psychology, College of Theology, and College of Certificate Education 904-619-9916.

The very best professional education at the least possible expense

The Challenge

We knew there had to be a way. As far back as 2009 we were outraged by the fact that higher education can bankrupt people who want to serve.

Many want to pursue what they know is their calling but they cannot spend a hundred thousand dollars or more. And they don’t want to owe that much if they get a loan.

So we began by seeking Christian world-class scholars who wanted to share their education and experience on a voluntary basis. Then we decided that we did not need buildings. We would use a distance-learning format with ample interaction between student and mentor plus an internship.

When underway, we found that a high percentage of students were second-career people—individuals who had wanted to become a professional but could not because of money. Now they are very happy indeed. All of our graduates have thrived in their professional fields. Students and graduates email us regularly with the best compliments we could ever want.

Nobody’s in debt, and everybody is serving society the way they always dreamed. In short, we have achieved something unheard of until now: an unbeatable master’s to doctoral program that can be completed within two years at only $9,000.

Graduates of our Psychology program have been accepted to sit for the licensing exams in New York, California, and Florida. Other states will follow. We are fully accredited by the Educational Advancement Commission International (EACI), and we are operated by the Holy Catholic Church International, recognized by the Vatican as a “true particular church”.

Applied Theology grads are serving as full-time chaplains, pastors, or counselors.

Soon, graduates of the Christian Holistic Health Program will be a new kind of doctor sharing ancient wisdom and balancing body, mind, spirit, and relationships. Some will intern in the beautiful Philippines.

Our programs are purpose-driven without filler or busy work. These curricula have been praised by long-established institutions, and our graduates have thrived in the professions for which we have prepared them. They have been taught to surrender themselves to the control of the Holy Spirit every single day.

We offer M.A to Ph.D. programs in one seamless, enriching process through the Seminary, the College of Holistic Health, and the College of Psychology. Students may complete the master’s portion only.

Some of our Faculty and Officers

Most Rev. Heyward B. Ewart, Ph.D., Psy.D., D.D., Patriarch, Holy Catholic Church International (HCCI). Chief mentor, psychology. University President.
Most Rev. Will Cardinal Boyd, MBA, Ph.D., D.D., D.Sc., Co-Patriarch HCCI; Chancellor, Seminary (below right)
Most Rev. William Cardinal Malloy, Jr.,M.A., M.Div., Th.D., D.D., Vicar and Chief Advisor to the Patriarch; Dean of Clergy Formation. Dean of Theology  (below left)
Most Rev. Titus Cardinal McMillan, M.A., D.Sc., D.D.,  Metropolitan Archbishop of North America; Vice Chancellor, Seminary
 Rev.  Anacleto B. Millendez, M.D.,  Director of Medical Missions;  Vice-President for  development
Most Rev. Charles Thorpe, D.D., Chancellor and Advisor to the Patriarch in Ethics and Canon Law

Cardinal William Malloy, Th.D., Chief Adviser to the Patriarch

Cardinal William Malloy, Th.D., Chief Adviser to the Patriarch

Most Rev. Dr. Will Cardinal Boyd

Most Rev. Dr. Will Cardinal Boyd

Attending St. James University goes beyond the traditional classroom experience. You will have frequent contact with faculty and staff and direct access to the University president. Your education is valuable and if accepted for admission, you bring value to our institution.

Pray first. Contact Us. If you are interested in speaking to a member of our faculty or staff, please feel free to call (904) 619-9916 or (618) 339-5312 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Eastern U.S. time. See what our students say.

A member of our staff will be happy to provide you with academic advice and connect you with the appropriate faculty member who can best prepare you for academic and vocational success.

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