The Seamless Whole of Christian Mission

By Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Associate Professor of World Christianity          When my husband and I were bringing up our blended family of six kids with an age range of six years, we had to institute certain rules to remain sane. Many…

Abbey Retreat Student Reflection

Written by Robin Schmidt, GCPM student As a first-semester distance learner in the Graduate Certificate Program for Pastoral Ministry, the chance to be on campus for a two-day retreat was something I jumped at, and I am so glad I did. While…

Fall 2022 Abbey Retreat at WTS

Written by Dr. Tim Basselin, Director of Field Education and Student Life, Associate Professor of Ministry, Theology, and Culture For two days each semester, Western's IR and DL students share the same space during our Abbey Retreat. As our…

Celebrating 5 Years: The Hispanic Ministry Program

By Johnny Vega, Hispanic Ministry Program Administrator  Growth from Small Beginnings This year, we celebrate the 5-year anniversary of our Hispanic Ministry Program. We are so grateful for God’s grace, goodness, and favor over the past…

22 Reasons WTS is Celebrating 2022

Western Theological Seminary’s theme verse for the 2022-2023 academic year is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” This…

WTS Launches Search for Director of MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Western Theological Seminary is launching a search for a Professor of Counseling and Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The director will lead in the design and implementation of a CACREP-aligned Master of Arts…
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The 5 Things You Need for Your Seminary Application

Completing the application for a seminary program is often part of the discernment process. As you formulate the answers to your questions and write about experiences and people pivotal to your growth, you’ll find yourself reflecting on your…

Wild Country of the Heart: Navigating the Seasons of the Spiritual Journey with St. Teresa

By Dr. Chuck DeGroat Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality While a Reformation unfolded in Germany, Switzerland, and throughout Europe in the early decades of the 16th century, a woman was born 1000 miles south in Avila, Spain,…
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Everything in the Neighborhood Has Changed, Except for the Church

Members of Bridge to Grace Covenant Church in Roswell, GA, had a feeling that God was inviting them into something new. They wanted to make a difference in their neighborhood, which had changed significantly since the church was founded 40 years…
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Meet Hungering for God Mentor Rev. Tom Schwanda, Ph.D.

The Hungering for God: The Pastor as Spiritual Guide Doctor of Ministry Cohort is launching in spring 2023. This cohort focuses on the nature and dynamics of cultivating a personal and growing relationship with God. We will seek to "learn…
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The Peterson Center’s Longing for a Faithful Way

Written by Winn Collier, Director of the Eugene Peterson Center and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Imagination. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it.  At the Peterson Center, we’re prayerfully…

Vita Scholars Launched

Hope College and Western Theological Seminary Establish “3-2” Program HOLLAND – Hope College and Western Theological Seminary have established a “3-2” pastor-preparation program that will provide specialized training for ministering…

Welcome Sam Gutierrez

Western Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Sam Gutierrez has joined the WTS community as the Associate Director for the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination.  “Sam Gutierrez has gifted beauty to WTS, and many portions…

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

By Dr. David Komline, Associate Professor of Church History At the 146th commencement ceremony on April 30th, Western Theological Seminary had the privilege of bestowing the 2022 Distinguished Alumni award upon Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, M.Div.…