Rev. Stephen DeWit, Pastor, Alger Park Church, Grand Rapids, MI
“Eventually, it struck me like a bold of lightning. All the learning units, all the fields of study, all of the questions I was asking, all the books I was reading, all the sermons, teachings, interviews, and papers–my participation in the DMin. program itself–was an expression of a (mostly) dormant ache within me. I had serious questions about my faith, my calling, and my life. If not for the spiritual autobiographies we were asked to write and the loving, persistent probing of my cohort, I’m not sure I ever would have made the connection between my program and the goings-on deep in my heart. My academic questions about mission, culture, and the nature of belief were more personal than I knew.”
Rev. Dr. Reggie Smith, Pastor, Roosevelt Park CRC, Grand Rapids, MI
“One of the things I was looking for in any Doctor of Ministry program was a sense that the professors would be there for me. Western’s professors were interested in my formation as a pastor.
The program maintained a careful balance with constructive feedback on my learning units and creative freedom to pursue the areas that fed my soul and heart in ministry.
The D.Min. program at WTS was not about getting a degree, but making new friends and walking together to lead the most creative thing in the world—the local congregation.”