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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Dr. Felix Theonugraha

President of Western Theological Seminary

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

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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. Tim Basselin

Director of Field Education and Student Life


Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel

Professor of the Old Testament


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


Dr. Winn Collier

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


Dr. Benjamin T. Conner

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


Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Richard C. Oudersluys Associate Professor of World Christianity


Dr. Chuck DeGroat

Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality, Interim Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Executive Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program


Dr. Wesley Hill

Associate Professor of New Testament


Dr. Han-Luen Kantzer Komline

Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Theology and Church History


Dr. David Komline

Professor of Church History, Coordinator for Strategic International Initiatives, Director of the Masters of Theology (ThM) Program


Dr. Suzanne McDonald

Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology


Dr. Elizabeth Pennock

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


Dr. Madison N. Pierce

Associate Professor of New Testament


Dr. Ron Rienstra

Professor of Preaching and Worship Arts, Director of Worship Life


Dr. Alberto La Rosa Rojas

Interim Director of the Hispanic Ministry Program, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics


Dr. Sue A. Rozeboom

Professor of Liturgical Theology


Dr. Keith Starkenburg

Director of the Vita Scholars Program
Interim Associate Dean


Dr. David L. Stubbs

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


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. Travis West

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament


Commencement 2024 is less than a few weeks away! We are so excited to celebrate our graduates on Saturday, April 27. This year’s featured commencement speaker is our very own Rev. Dr. Carol M. Bechtel, Professor of the Old Testament.

Dr. Bechtel is an alumna of WTS, having obtained her M.Div. in 1984. Just nine years later, she obtained her Ph.D. in Old Testament from Yale University. During that time, she taught at Union Presbyterian School of Theological Education for three years and settled into her richly inhabited vocation at Western Theological Seminary in 1994. 2024 marks her 30th year of teaching.

For more commencement details or to learn more about Dr. Bechtel, visit the link in our bio.

The Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination is excited to host the band Lowland Hum for a beautiful evening of music on Thursday, April 18, at 8pm in Dimnent Chapel on the Hope College campus.

This event has a limited capacity of 80 people, so get your $10 ticket now on Eventbrite. (link in bio)

Join us on Thursday, April 18, for the 2024 Founders` Day Lecture on The Western Theological Seminary Legacy in Chiapas, Mexico.

Vern and Carla Sterk, along with special guests J. Samuel Hofman ‘58, Jim Heneveld ‘81, Rev. Janelle López-Koolhaas ‘01, and Rev. Dr. Dennis Voskuil, will share about the unique legacy of WTS in Chiapas, Mexico.

The lecture will be available through livestream and in person at WTS. Visit the link in our bio for more details.

The Hispanic Ministry Program at WTS is hosting a two-day conference on May 3–4 at WTS and Camp Geneva, titled “Theology of Pastoral Wellness Workshop.”

During this conference, we will identify how forced rhythms can lead to signs of stress, anxiety, and burnout and discuss how we can effectively combat them with practical resources to cultivate lasting wellness in our lives and leadership.

The Theology of Pastoral Wellness Workshop will offer four inspiring sessions, including:

• State of the Latino Pastoral/Jesus Invitations
• The Unforced Rhythms of Grace
• Forced Rhythms: Signs of Stress, Anxiety, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
• New & Old Practices for Well-Being

Space is limited, so register today by visiting the link in our bio.

Spring break has arrived at WTS! We’re praying that our students have a wonderful and restful break this week. ...

Today we celebrate Christ’s triumph over death and gift of everlasting life.

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” —John 10:9-10

Happy Easter from Western Theological Seminary!

Join us at one of our upcoming spring events to learn more about the new MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program! Two lunch & learn opportunities are taking place on Wednesday, April 10, from 12-1 PM EST via Zoom or Wednesday, April 17, from 12-1 PM EST in-person at WTS.

To learn more or to register today, visit our event page (link in bio).

Thank you for your outpouring of generosity on #WTSDayofGiving! Your contributions make a significant impact and enable us to continue equipping students for faithful Christian ministry. ...

There’s still time to give to Western Theological Seminary on #WTSDayofGiving! Make a one-time gift, a first-time gift, or become a sustaining giver to support student tuition aid.

Visit our bio link to make a gift and help us end our Day of Giving strong!

Your support makes a difference in the lives of our students. Pastor Andy Kadzban ‘12 shares that through his experience with the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination, he feels ”more engaged in the lives of the members of my congregation than I was in the past.”

Visit to join us in #WTSDayofGiving.

Are you a WTS alum? When you give to Western Theological Seminary today, your gift counts twice! Help us unlock an additional $10,000 by becoming one of 30 alumni who make a gift today.

Make a gift by visiting (link in bio).