Western Theological Seminary

Resources for Current Students

Knowing where to find the answers to your questions is often confusing!
Student Support Services will help you or direct you to the right person.

Student Support Services

Writing Studio
Would you like to improve your writing skills? Tutors are equipped to help students learn how to conceive, develop, organize and clarify their writing efforts. The Writing Studio is a free service for enrolled students. Sign up for an appointment with a tutor here.

Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program provides individual counseling and spiritual direction opportunities for students at Western. Formative workshops and general education-for-ministry events are provided throughout the year. SAP is underwritten by the seminary and the Dr. Stanley Rock Preparation for Ministry Fund.

Office of Academic Affairs - Registrar
Need to order a transcript or register for a class? Visit the Registrar now!

Student Support Services is located across the hall from the receptionist desk.

Canvas Course Management Software

Canvas is a web-based course management software that enables teaching, learning, and communicating on the Internet. To use Canvas, you need to know basic Internet browsing and email skills. Knowing how to download and upload files and understanding attachments is crucial. Be sure your machine meets the technical requirements listed on the right of this page.

Please contact Chris Eckman , LMS Administrator, with any technical questions about using Canvas. 800-392-8554, ext. 176

How do I access Canvas?

Go to http://westernsem.instructure.com. Type in your user name and password, then click the Log On button to log in.

Technical Requirements

Operating system

Windows XP (Home/Pro), Vista (Home/Bus), Windows 7 (Home/Pro), or Mac OS X 10.5.x and above.

Supported web browsers

PC: Firefox 7.0.x+, Google Chrome 10+, Internet Explorer 9+. Mac: Safari 4+, Firefox 7.0.x+, Google Chrome 10+

Internet Connection

High Speed Internet (Cable, DSL, etc).


Wireless connection is available on campus. Wireless connection is available on campus. You will need an 802.11g/n type wireless card either internal or external on your laptop if you wish to use the Internet via your laptop while you are on campus. Otherwise, computers are available in the computer lab, library and student lounge

Computer Processor Speeds

There is no specific RAM or CPU speed requirement. However, as with any internet application, the slower the computer, the slower the pages and tools will load.

Hard Drive

20 GB minimum, 50 GB recommended


Language courses such as Hebrew or Greek may require submitting recorded files. A head set with microphone is recommended.


Flash and Java Plug-ins: Embedded video and document preview may require Adobe Flash Player to view. Be sure to keep your version up to date. Java Runtime Environment: To use the "Conferences" feature in Canvas, a supported Java plug-in must be installed such as the free Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installation package. JRE versions 1.6x and higher are supported. Adobe Reader or Apple Preview: Many courses use PDF files to deliver content and can be viewed with Adobe Reader or Mac Apple Preview. Additional Media Players and Plugins: On occasion a course may use audio or video that requires a certain type of media player such as Quicktime, Windows Media Player or real Player. Some videos or content may also require the Microsoft Silverlight plugin (avail as free download).

Student Government

Student Council advocates for student concerns and provides programming that engages the entire student body.  The council is made up of representatives from each class and a faculty advisor and meets regularly throughout the academic year.

Student Government responsibilities:

  • Social activities
  • Addressing academic concerns
  • Common worship
  • Involvement in mission
  • Social action

The 2016-2017 Student Government Body:

  • President: Stacey Duensing
  • Vice-President: Jeremy Bork
  • Treasurer: Jordan Vermeer
  • Secretary: Marcy Rudins
  • Junior Representatives: TBA
  • Middler Representatives: Kristen Uroda and Eric Nichols
  • Senior Representatives: T.J. South and Jed Grooters
  • Th.M. Representative: TBA
  • Faculty advisor: Dr. Kyle Small
Placement & Transcript Requests

Ministry Position Postings submitted by churches and other ministries

RCA site postings

Statistics on placement within 4 months of graduating.

Need a transcript? Download and complete this transcript request form and mail it to Registrar Pat Dykhuis Western Theological Seminary 101 E. 13th St., Holland, MI 49423. You may also fax this request to 616-392-8889 along with payment to a credit card. (Call Pat Dykhuis at 616-392-8555, x120 to relay your credit card info).

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