It has been a wonderful start to my first semester at Western! I have enjoyed the engaging coursework, rich discussion with faculty and fellow students, and connection in the life of the WTS community, particularly through weekly chapel. I can perceive a deepening of my faith as I read, write, reflect, and grow week in and week out. I am grateful for this vibrant, grace-filled community and the opportunity to join its witness to God’s presence in the world.

Jennifer Pavelka

Cincinnati, OH


Being a student in the GCPM program of this prestigious seminary has been a blessing. It’s expanding my theological knowledge and impacting my life and ministry. The ability to receive classes online and the opportunity to interact with professors and other students is wonderful. I’m looking forward to growing in God’s purpose for my life. I’m so thankful to be part of Western Theological Seminary.

Eliu Martinez

Portage, IN


As I was finishing up my degree in theology at Dordt University, I began to consider seminary. Western’s emphasis on formation of the whole person, developing pastor-theologians, the personable staff and faculty, and the beautiful campus in the heart of Holland drew me here. Between class lectures, assigned readings, and interactions with classmates, these first two months have been an engaging learning environment. I am grateful to be here and look forward to the learning and growth still to come!

Anna Christians

Sioux Center, IA


My wife Francis and I are so pleased to be here at Western. We planned this 5 years ago and finally made it. We have been blessed since we arrived with the people we have met, the studies and learning, and our teaching church. We are looking forward to growing in relationship with people and continuing our journey on God’s path.

Peter Wilkinson

Temecula, CA



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