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…

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 the Bible,…

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…

Pastoring through a Pandemic

Meeting a moment in history with innovation, finding blessings Since March, the entire world has been in a state of flux as the Coronavirus pandemic has ravaged physical bodies, economies, and our mental and spiritual health. On top of that,…

New Mission Statement for WTS

The Western Theological Seminary's Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a new mission statement for the school. The new mission statement is: By God's grace, Western Theological Seminary forms women and men for faithful Christian ministry…

New Academic Year Off to a Great Start

We are nearly a month into the 2020-21 school year with good news to report! A global pandemic can’t dampen our spirits. The work of the seminary continues, and here are several highlights: We welcomed 61 new students to WTS this fall. …

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…