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Transition Into Ministry Summit 2015

Our 2015 T.I.M. Summit will prove to be one alumni (classes 2010-2014) will NOT want to miss! Any alum, whether currently placed in full time ministry or not, is invited to join in conversation to explore the ins and outs of organizational leadership. There will be fun with your peers, learning skills needed for your […]

Rev. Chris DeVos talks Ridder Church Renewal

The Rev. Chris DeVos joined WTS on January 19 as the new Associate Director of Journey for Ridder Church Renewal.   Chris grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, where his family was deeply involved in both an RCA and a CRC church. While attending Calvin Theological Seminary, he sensed a call to pastoral ministry with the need […]

Rejoicing in Lament

Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology J. Todd Billings has had a dramatic two and a half years. From being diagnosed with incurable cancer to undergoing a near-lethal dose of chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant, to enduring a two-month quarantine and a long, painful recovery, he has surely walked through “the […]

For the Love of Preaching

When the Rev. Lindsay Small began directing the Bast Preaching Initiatives in the fall of 2013, she was struck by the WTS learning model of continuing education:  Learning happens best as people learn together over time, in and out of specific contexts, and share that learning with others. Lindsay wondered, “How could this model be […]

WTS Professor Visits China

According to an article in the Financial Times, “The Rise of Christianity in China,” membership in the church there is now greater than membership in the Communist Party. By 2030, China likely will have more practicing Christians than the U.S.A. Professor of New Testament Robert Van Voorst and his wife, Mary, immersed themselves in this […]

Treading Jesus’ Homeland

By Diane Shircliff, Fourth year Distance Learning student I have dreamed of going to Israel since I was 15 years old. Thanks to the Intercultural Immersion program of WTS, that dream came true in January. Led by our guides, RCA missionaries Marlin and Sally Vis, our group of jet-lagged—but excited—seminarians left the plane in Tel […]

Paying for Seminary

In recent years, the seminary became aware that our students’ debt load was increasing, but we didn’t know the scope of the problem nor did we have personnel available to focus on the issue. Through the generosity of Lilly Foundation, Inc., we have been able to direct resources toward delving into the complex issue of […]

Welcome to the Friendship House

In 2007, the Ralph and Cheryl Schregardus Friendship House at Western Theological Seminary became the first seminary housing of its kind. Friendship House is a pod-style apartment complex where 18 students live alongside six young adults with cognitive disabilities, and the partnership has led to astounding results. Friendship House gives the six Friends an opportunity […]