Congratulations Class of 2020!

The WTS community is saddened that we could not gather together this year to celebrate our 2020 graduates in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we hope to be able to celebrate next May alongside the class of 2021, in the meantime we'd also…

Remembering Bishop Patón

From President Felix Theonugraha: Dear WTS community, It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that one of our Doctor of Ministry students, Bishop H. Javier Patón, has passed away due to COVID-19. Bishop H. Javier Patón Osco was…

Reflections of a Returned Rascal

Interviewing Mako Fujimura, 2018 By Jeff Munroe, Executive VP What if you spent a few months staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and decided not to come back to work? The seminary recently made it possible for me to step into…

Our Response to the Pandemic

On March 11, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and encouraged higher education institutions to transition to online learning and to avoid large gatherings. In response, the seminary discontinued in-person classes…

A Sabbatical Like None Other

View of St. Peters from the inside of Castel Sant’Angelo by Old Testament Professor Carol Bechtel When I arrived in Rome on New Year’s Day, I had no idea that the Coronavirus would arrive in Italy two weeks later. Although the first…

2020 Distinguished Alumnus: The Rev. Karl Overbeek ‘66

Written by Don Werkhoven, longtime friend and co-worker of Karl, and currently Treasurer of Central California Classis Karl Overbeek is fond of saying that he received all of his formal education within three miles of his boyhood home—his…

A Ugandan Blessing

The Most Reverend Dr. Stephen Kaziimba (center), 9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. On March 1, 2020, two-time WTS alumnus Stephen Kaziimba was enthroned as Archbishop of Uganda, the head of the Anglican Church in Uganda. President Felix…

Chaplains on the Front Lines

Sailors on the USS WASP watch as the USS COMFORT passes by, returning to Norfolk from New York City. Photo courtesy of Derek Vande Slunt. Serving Christ in the Midst of a Pandemic Over the last few months, our alumni and students have been…

Letter from President Theonugraha on the Death of George Floyd

Dear WTS Community, These past few months have been incredibly difficult as we have grieved the loss of lives, community, routines, and expectations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This last week was monumental as we mourned the loss of over…

Online Summer Courses Available!

Now is the time to take advantage of online education!  We have five great summer online courses available.  Have you ever taken a class with WTS?  If not, you're in luck!  First-time students will receive a 50% tuition discount off normal…

IVP Academic & Center for Disability and Ministry to Co-brand Book Series

Western Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the new Center for Disability and Ministry  (CDM) will be partnering with InterVarsity Press (IVP) Academic to co-brand a series of books on disability and practical theology, with Dr.…

WTS Alumnus Becomes Archbishop of Uganda

On March 1, The Most Reverend Dr. Stephen Kaziimba became the the 9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda. More than 3,000 people attended the colorful ceremony, including the President of Uganda, Yoweri…

You Don’t Always Know What You Need – Chris Godfredsen’s Story

by M.Div. Student Chris Godfredsen I remember back in 2015 sitting in the WTS Admissions office telling the director at that time, Mark Poppen, that the reason I was applying was because I wanted to learn, but “I don’t really need…

The Right Fit – Katie Alley’s Story

Like many of her peers, WTS alumna Katie Alley ‘19 had non-traditional ministry in mind when she started seminary. A recent article from Christianity Today cites a survey of 5,000+ seminary students in which almost 40% intend to serve in contexts…

Public Lecture with Winn Collier on Wendell Berry

You are warmly invited to a public lecture and Q&A by pastor and author Winn Collier on Tuesday, March 10 at 3:00pm in Mulder Chapel. About Winn: Winn Collier is the author of multiple books, including Restless Faith, Holy…