Forming women and men for ministry



The Mission of Western Theological Seminary

By God’s grace, Western Theological Seminary forms women and men for faithful Christian ministry and participation in the Triune God’s ongoing redemptive work in the world.

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“Regardless of where God has called you, you will be ready to go”

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President Felix Theonugraha

President of Western Theological Seminary

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News, stories, and resources from the WTS community to the Church. 

Formation at WTS

Formation at WTS

Written by Dr. Tim Basselin, Director of Field Education and Student Life at Western Theological...

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In the age of Google, where seemingly endless content is at our fingertips, why is formal theological education still important?


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WTS faculty are always available to guide and support students as they pursue their education.  As importantly, our professors are deeply involved in congregational ministry and several offer the unique perspectives of having served as pastors.


Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs
G.W. and Edna Haworth Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership


Dr. Alberto La Rosa Rojas

Interim Director of the Hispanic Ministry Program


Dr. Benjamin T. Conner

Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Center for Disability and Ministry


Dr. Chuck DeGroat

Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality


Dr. David Komline

Professor of Church History


Dr. David L. Stubbs

Professor of Ethics and Theology, Co-Director of the Hope-Western Prison Education Program


Dr. Elizabeth Pennock

Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Associate Professor of Counseling


Dr. Han-Luen Kantzer Komline

Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Theology and Church History


Dr. J. Todd Billings

Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology


Dr. John Brogan

Associate Academic Dean, Professor of New Testament, Director of the MDiv and MA Programs, Director of the GPCE


Dr. Keith Starkenburg

Director of the Vita Scholars Program
Interim Associate Dean


Dr. L.S. Carlos A. Thompson

Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry and Disability Theology and Director of the Friendship House, and Student Accessibility Coordinator


Dr. Madison N. Pierce

Associate Professor of New Testament


Dr. Ron Rienstra

Professor of Preaching and Worship Arts, Director of Worship Life


Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Richard C. Oudersluys Associate Professor of World Christianity


Dr. Sue A. Rozeboom

Professor of Liturgical Theology


Dr. Suzanne McDonald

Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology


Dr. Tim Basselin

Director of Field Education and Student Life


Dr. Travis West

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament


Dr. Wesley Hill

Associate Professor of New Testament


Dr. Winn Collier

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Imagination, Director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination


Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel

Professor of the Old Testament


As we wait in joyful anticipation this Advent season, we are reminded of our call to love. Dr. Tim Basselin, Director of Student Life, shared in a recent chapel service that “Advent is a time set aside to intentionally remember what we are hoping for. While we hope, our call is to love.” ...

A new three-year Doctor of Ministry cohort is now accepting applications!

“Seeking Sabbath in a Frantic World: Transformative Practices for Ourselves and Our Ministries” is designed specifically for women in pastoral ministry and will provide a framework for exploring what it means to receive the gift of Sabbath—as individuals and in our community/ministry contexts.

Together, we will seek Sabbath as a practice that both honors God and transforms our world. Out of this practice, students will explore Sabbath through contextually-designed research and creative thesis projects.

To learn more about the cohort or to start your application today, visit our bio link.

We’re starting to feel the Christmas spirit here at WTS! 🎄✨ ...

We’re so grateful for the gift of generosity from our WTS community on #GivingTuesday! Because of your contribution, we raised over $20,000 towards supporting our students as they are formed for faithful Christian ministry. We couldn’t have done it without you! ...

Join us in our mission to equip students with sound theological education and practical ministry training on this #GivingTuesday.

When you give to WTS today, a generous supporter from the class of 1966 will automatically match the first $4,240 in gifts–representing $10 for each student enrolled in classes this academic year.

Visit the link in our bio to give now!

Today is #GivingTuesday! When you give to Western Theological Seminary, your support enables our students to pursue their calling into ministry. Join us on this day of generosity by visiting the link in our bio. ...

Have you considered applying for the new three-year Doctor of Ministry cohort titled “Holy Presence: Eugene Peterson and the Pastoral Imagination?” Applications are being accepted through Friday, December 1.

This Doctor of Ministry track will nurture experienced pastors more deeply into the slow, holy work required to be faithful to their pastoral call. Centered on Eugene Peterson’s pastoral theology, this cohort will include diverse voices that allow Peterson’s expansive vision to roam wide and far.

To start your application today, head to the link in our bio.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Western Theological Seminary! ...

This #GivingTuesday, we invite you to give towards supporting our students as they are formed for faithful Christian ministry. Because of your support, pastors and ministry leaders graduate from WTS every year, ready to serve the church wherever God leads them.

It’s not too early to make a gift today! Visit or head to the link in our bio.

Happy Thanksgiving break! We`re praying for a restful and relaxing week for our students. ...

A new three-year Doctor of Ministry cohort titled “Spiritual Formation and Relational Neuroscience” is now accepting applications!

The Spiritual Formation and Relational Neuroscience cohort will foster transformation in the spiritual lives of students and help them gain the resources to help the transformation of others.

Focused on nurturing a secure attachment with God as a means for integrating relational neuroscience and spiritual formation, this cohort will prepare students to minister to a culture that is both suffering within a mental health crisis while also having deep spiritual longings for connection.

Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2024. To learn more about the cohort or to start your application today, visit the link in our bio.