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MISSION & PURPOSE

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. 

Sabbath and Surrender

Sabbath and Surrender

What's Your Excuse? The manna story in Exodus 16 is a story about God’s provision, but it is also...

Sabbath and Servitude

Sabbath and Servitude

Things My Grandmothers Taught Me People often ask me, “How do you celebrate Sabbath?” My answer to...

Sabbath and Servitude

Sabbath and Justice

Sister Act I’ve met a lot of wonderful Presbyterian women in the last year at events all over the...

Sabbath and Community

Sabbath and Community

We're All in This Together Congratulations on reaching the end of the Celebrating Sabbath study! I...

From the Commons

DO WE STILL NEED SEMINARY?

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

WHY SEMINARY?

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WHO WE ARE

MEET THE FACULTY

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.

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Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

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

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Dr. Tim Basselin

Director of Field Education and Student Life

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Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel

Professor of Old Testament

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Dr. J. Todd Billings

Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology

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Dr. John Brogan

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

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Dr. Winn Collier

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

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Dr. Benjamin T. Conner

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

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Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Richard C. Oudersluys Associate Professor of World Christianity

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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

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Dr. Wesley Hill

Associate Professor of New Testament

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Dr. Han-Luen Kantzer Komline

Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Theology and Church History

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Dr. David Komline

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

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Dr. Suzanne McDonald

Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

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Dr. Elizabeth Pennock

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

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Dr. Madison N. Pierce

Associate Professor of New Testament

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Dr. Ron Rienstra

Professor of Preaching and Worship Arts, Director of Worship Life

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Dr. Alberto La Rosa Rojas

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

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Dr. Sue A. Rozeboom

Professor of Liturgical Theology

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Dr. Keith Starkenburg

Director of the Vita Scholars Program
Interim Associate Dean

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Dr. David L. Stubbs

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

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Dr. L.S. Carlos A. Thompson

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

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Dr. Travis West

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament

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“When I came to Western, I met so many people who wanted to build up each student and dive into what they’re passionate about.”

Vanessa Funk (MDiv ’24) shares how her education at Western Theological Seminary helped shape and expand her vocational calling to ministry.

Learn more about becoming a student by visiting the link in our bio.
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Applications are open for the next three-year Doctor of Ministry cohort, Disability and Ministry: Imagining More Faithful and Inclusive Congregational Ministries.

This cohort is for those interested in exploring disability as an embodied reality and a critical lens, offering insights for imagining more faithful and inclusive congregational ministry.

The application period will remain open through August 15, and the cohort will launch in January 2025. Visit the link in our bio to learn more or to start your application today.
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During the 2024 commencement ceremony, WTS unveiled a seminary hymn written by our very own Professor of the Old Testament, Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel.

The hymn is titled “Before the Face of God” and is performed to the tune of Aurelia. As our graduates follow God’s call to serve the church, we reflect on these words from the hymn: “Through pulpit, font, and table, we grow in faith and grace. In classrooms and in friendships, we glimpse your loving face. O keep us ever learning, and may your Spirit teach through all of life’s encounters, through ev’ry word we preach.”
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Save the date for the 2024 Symposium on Disability and Ministry on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

This year’s theme is Disability and Mission, and Dr. Rochelle Sheuermann of Wheaton College will deliver a plenary lecture entitled “Disability and God’s Mission: An Invitation to Evangelism.”

The symposium, hosted by the Center for Disability and Ministry, is an annual opportunity for pastors and ministry leaders to discuss issues related to disability and ministry.

Register today for this free event by visiting the link in our bio!
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Applications are now open for the next three-year Doctor of Ministry cohort: The Sacred Art of Writing.

Offered through the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination, this Doctor of Ministry cohort will invite established and emerging writers in multiple genres and contexts (those in traditional ministry and those whose work and writing move them into broader arenas of service) to think deeply, theologically, and artfully about their work.

The application period is May 1 - June 15. The cohort will launch in October 2024. Visit the link in our bio to start your application today.
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