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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

Scripture: Exodus 16 “What’s Your Excuse?” The manna story in Exodus 16 is a story about God’s...

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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. Alberto La Rosa Rojas

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

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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. 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. David Komline

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

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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. Elizabeth Pennock

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

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Dr. Han-Luen Kantzer Komline

Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Theology and Church History

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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. Keith Starkenburg

Director of the Vita Scholars Program
Interim Associate Dean

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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. 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. Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Richard C. Oudersluys Associate Professor of World Christianity

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Dr. Sue A. Rozeboom

Professor of Liturgical Theology

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Dr. Suzanne McDonald

Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

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Dr. Tim Basselin

Director of Field Education and Student Life

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Dr. Travis West

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament

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Dr. Wesley Hill

Associate Professor of New Testament

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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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Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel

Professor of the Old Testament

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Western Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. Micah McCreary, President of New Brunswick Theological Seminary (@nbts1784), as the speaker of the 2024 Leonard F. Stoutemire Lecture in Multicultural Ministry. Dr. McCreary will present a lecture on Monday, March 25, from 3:00-4:30 PM.

The lecture will be available via livestream and in person at Western Theological Seminary and is open to the public. Visit the link in our bio to learn more.
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The 2024 Western Showcase is just one month away! Interested in learning more about becoming a student at Western Theological Seminary? Join us for a campus visit on Friday, March 22.

Register today by visiting the link in our bio. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
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“Lent is an invitation back to ourselves, back to the ground of our being as image-bearers, created ‘very good’ even in our creaturely limitations. We are ‘enough’ precisely because we’re God-breathed and God-imaged.”

Dr. @chuckdegroat, Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality, is the author of “Falling into Goodness: Daily Readings for Lent.”

Whether they are used for Lent or another season of your life, these reflections are designed to invite you into the goodness of your life in Christ. Each week offers a unique theme that serves as a challenge for growth during Lent.

To read an excerpt of the book or to learn more, visit the link in our bio.
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“Lent is a season of fasting and repentance that reminds us, in an embodied way, that we have not yet reached the promised land.”

Dr. J. Todd Billings, Professor of Reformed Theology, and Katlyn DeVries, Writing Specialist and Girod Program Associate, are co-authors of The End of the Christian Life Lenten Study Companion.

In this guide, readers will have an opportunity to draw on themes from The End of the Christian Life book, which includes a psalm to orient our lives and our practices within the Word of God, a brief reflection, a prompt for prayer, and suggestions for daily and weekly practices.

To grab a copy of the guide or to learn more, visit the link in our bio.
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We’re so happy to be gathered together for the spring Abbey retreat! ...

Join us on Thursday, February 22, to meet Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel, faculty mentor of the new Doctor of Ministry cohort titled “Seeking Sabbath in a Frantic World.” Dr. Bechtel and others from WTS will be available to provide details and answer questions about the cohort.

“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.

Register today by visiting the link in our bio!
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The Western Showcase is a great opportunity to learn what it’s like to be a student at Western Theological Seminary. You’re invited to join us on Friday, March 22, to discover how a seminary education can prepare and equip you for lifelong ministry.

To learn more or register today, visit the link in our bio!
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The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is rooted in the foundational realities that we are created in and for relationship, as image-bearers of the Trinitarian God and ambassadors of God’s shalom in a broken world.

Dr. @chuckdegroat shares how the relationally-oriented and trauma-informed program offers the most contemporary, research-based training while also remaining deeply rooted in a longstanding Christian soul care tradition.

To learn more or apply today, visit counseling.westernsem.edu or click the link in our bio.
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“I think God’s gift of Sabbath is a gift given to all creation. And whether we celebrate on Saturday or Sunday or some other day, it’s intended as a time of rest and delight.”

On the blog, Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel, Professor of Old Testament, shares how Sabbath is a gift designed by God to give us rest and renewal amid a frantic world.

Dr. Bechtel will be leading a new Doctor of Ministry cohort titled “Seeking Sabbath in a Frantic World: Transformative Practices for Ourselves and Our Ministries,” which is currently accepting applications! Head to the link in our bio for more details on the cohort and to read the blog post.
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@eugenepetersoncenter has partnered with @theportersgate and the Peterson family to set portions of The Message translation to music.

In May 2023, a group of musicians gathered in Charlottesville, VA, to study The Message. They wrote and recorded songs for a new album, set to be released in April 2024.

The new single, New Every Morning, is available now from the forthcoming Porter’s Gate album “Message Songs.” Visit the link in our bio to learn more.
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