Living in Joy and Sorrow as a Mortal

Photo: Nathaniel, Rachel, Todd, and Neti Billings - (Briana Crowell Photography) “I used to assume that God owed me a long life—to pursue a vocation and family with full strength, to live long enough to become a grandparent,” says…

God’s Hand on Our Lives

Photo: Amelia holds Gramma’s hand By M.Div. Student Amelia Green Since childhood, my dream was to become a nurse. When I graduated with my BSN and passed my State Boards in 2014, I was convinced I was where God had called me to be. I…

2021 Stoutemire Lecture with Jemar Tisby

MONDAY, MARCH 22 at 1:30-3:00 PM We are so excited to welcome author Jemar Tisby as this year’s Leonard F. Stoutemire lecturer in Multicultural Ministry! The in-person event will be limited to WTS students & employees due to COVID-19…

WTS bolsters teaching, ministry services with hire of Dr. Wesley Hill and other programs

Distinguished scholar, other opportunities add to the institution’s vibrancy, offerings Holland, Mich. — Western Theological Seminary (WTS) continues its commitment to providing future pastors and Christian leaders formative education…
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Reformed Church of Highland Park – a Church in Mission

“Let me tell you about yesterday.”  Seth Kaper-Dale has been co-pastor with his wife, Stephanie Kaper-Dale, at Reformed Church of Highland Park (RCHP) for the last 19 years. When they first arrived, the church was a gathering of fewer…
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Grace Fellowship – A Church in Mission

Ten years ago, Grace Fellowship Church (GFC) in Johnson City, TN started a partnership with a local elementary school. Members of the church became lunch buddies and home room helpers. They started a kick-ball league and an Arts Program.  Rod…
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Emmanuel Reformed Church – A Church in Mission

Paramount, CA What is a church when the building is closed? Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, CA has multiple buildings and properties open 6 to 7 days a week. They use their buildings to provide spaces for worship, after school care,…
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Faith Inspirational Church – a Church in Mission

Compton, CA   “If your church burned down today, would the neighborhood care?” This is the question Pastor Rafer Owens wrestled with shortly after Faith Inspirational Church was planted in 1995. He had lived his whole life in Compton,…
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First Christian Church – a Church in Mission

(Johnson City, TN) Two years after losing her husband, single mom Amy* heard about a local church offering free oil changes. She and her husband were in debt before he died, and now, the stack of unpaid bills continued to grow. The trailer…

The Gift of Waiting – Advent Devotional Series

As you observe Advent this year, we invite you to join Words of Hope and Western Theological Seminary with daily devotionals on Advent and the spiritual act of waiting. Click here for daily devotionals during Advent, or search for "Words of…

First Impressions – New Student Testimonials

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…

New Full-Tuition Scholarships & Grant

  The Samuel Williams Scholarship for Scholars of Color. This full-tuition scholarship goes to a student of color who will enroll full time in the in-residence Master of Divinity program. The student must have a commitment to…
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The Launch of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination

  This might sound unrealistic, but it’s my hope:   I hope I can be part of changing the pastoral imagination of American pastors. —Eugene Peterson Eugene H. Peterson might be best known for his award-winning paraphrase of…
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Grace and Peace – A Church in Mission

Meet one of the congregations teaching us about Churches in Mission. Grace and Peace is a congregation located on the West Side of Chicago. Over the last decade, they have invested in local mission and provided food to 40 families a week through…