Western Theological Seminary

Learn to Lead

Western Theological Seminary is a vibrant, nurturing academic community that will prepare you for lifelong ministry.

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Challenge Your Mind

With a student-to-professor ratio of 11 to 1, Western offers rigorous academics with personal attention to prepare you for the real-world demands of ministry.

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Scared of taking Hebrew?

Learning Hebrew doesn’t have to give you an ulcer. It can be fun and formative, and at WTS it is both!

Learn by Doing

Western’s supervised ministry placements and summer internship opportunities help students integrate knowledge, faith, and practice.

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Transition Into Ministry

At Western Theological Seminary, we don't just give you solid theological training and push you out into the world. We stick by you for the first five years of your ministry. Read more...

Learn from the Best

Western faculty are widely published and academically distinguished, with doctoral degrees from the likes of Duke, Harvard, and Princeton. As importantly, our professors are deeply involved in congregational ministry – and several offer the unique perspectives of having served as pastors.

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Learn from Anywhere

Earn your M.Div. or M.A. from anywhere with our distance learning program.

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Do you have a passion to reach young urban professionals?

By 2050, 70% of the world's population will be urban. Learn wise and relevant Christian engagement with those who live in city centers. We offer the WTS-Newbigin Distance Learning M.Div. degree in partnership with City Church San Francisco. Receive part of your training in a city with the lowest church attendance in the U.S. This secular environment will uniquely prepare you to reach the world with the Gospel.

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Never Stop Learning

You don't have to be a pastor to take advantage of what our Journey Center for Learning offers. Select from a range of opportunities for growth: peer learning groups, retreats, conferences, online courses, lectures, and workshops.

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Fostering Authentic Communities

Western offers conflict-resolution assistance for congregational leaders through the Ridder Church Renewal initiative. With a focus on building new, healthy leadership models, participants learn how to build communities of integrity, authenticity, courage and love.

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Our Fair City:

Holland, MI


Located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Holland, Michigan, is a thriving community of friendly people and diverse cultures. The area offers magnificent beaches and dunes, a variety of recreational sports and activities, visual and performing arts, and an award-winning downtown lined with shops, galleries, microbreweries and eateries. Holland has been identified as a "Great American Main Street," one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations," and one of the "Top Five Cities in the U.S." and the "#2 happiest, healthiest place to live in America.

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