Orientation Schedule 2017

August 23-25, 2017 August 23-24 - Orientation for Incoming Students begins with The President's Breakfast at 8:30am. August 24 - Orientation for Middler and Senior students begins with The Dean’s Breakfast at 8:30am. Thursday, August…

2017 Distinguished Alum The Rev. Dr. Samuel Solivan ‘76

Rev. Dr. Samuel Solivan calls himself Pentecostal and Arminian—not exactly a run-of- the-mill Western graduate! From the moment he was born, this year’s distinguished alum has lived a life full of surprises and God’s miraculous intervention. When…

The Rev. Dawn Boelkins Retires

After more than twenty years of teaching biblical languages at Western Theological Seminary, Associate Professor Dawn Boelkins is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. To say that she will be missed only scratches the surface of…

With Gratitude: The WTS - Newbigin House Partnership ending

  I still remember visiting Western Theological Seminary in 2010 on an exploratory trip for Newbigin House of Studies, an educational initiative that had emerged from City Church San Francisco. There was a palpable sense of excitement…

Announcing Hispanic Ministries Program

On May 4, Rev. Joseph Ocasio arrived in Holland to begin his role as director of Hispanic ministry programs for WTS. Rev. Ocasio comes to us from Phoenixville, PA, where he served as director of admissions for the University of Valley Forge.…

WTS Breaks Ground

With six shovels full of dirt, the construction of the new Jack and Mary DeWitt Learning Center and the renovation of WTS officially began on May 9. While our present reality includes the storage of thousands of books, the clearing of an…

How Worship formed Guests around my Dining Room Table

      Dr. Timothy Brown President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching   Here at Western Theological Seminary we make a big deal out of our daily worship. It might surprise you to learn that we are…

May 8, 2017 - Commencement and Alumni Day

Monday, May 8 Schedule: 8:45am - Opening Worship and Senior Blessing for DL and DMin students, friends and family (Mulder Chapel) 11:45am - Registration & Reunion lunches for the Class of 1967 and the Class of 1977 (Semelink Hall) 1:30pm…

Oh, how times have changed!

by Rev. Wallace Stoepker Class of 1946 Oldest living alumnus Each time The Commons comes out, I read it with great interest. What an extensive program the seminary has now with a variety of faculty and students! When I graduated from seminary…

Information Regarding WTS Title IX Investigation

Over the past several months, Western Theological Seminary has been the subject of an investigation following allegations of sexual harassment filed by two professors on behalf of nine students.  The independent investigator, an attorney with…

Register Now for the 2017 Writer's Workshop

On May 16-17, Western Theological Seminary and Hope College will co-host a Writer's Workshop featuring award-winning author Barbara Brown Taylor. Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, professor, and…

Panel on Resurrection Hope and Difficult Funerals

Thursday, April 20 at 7:00pm in Mulder Chapel A sudden, surprising death. The death of a young person. A funeral for someone with only distant connections to faith and the church. How can pastors and congregations at large respond in light…

Renewing Resurrection Hope in a Medical Age

Dr. J. Todd Billings has noticed a major theme as he talks with recent graduates and young pastors:  they are uncertain how to address death and dying within their congregations. This is a topic close to Dr. Billings, as he lives…

Generous Grant will Further Work in Disability and Ministry

In November of 2016, Western Theological Seminary was awarded a $425,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Established by Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the Luce Foundation offers grants in eight program areas…

Ilyas Finds Refuge at WTS

Recently, a local TV station came to WTS to interview our maintenance assistant, Ilyas Zadran, who is a refugee from Afghanistan. Ilyas began working at the seminary last year, shortly after arriving in the U.S. with his young family. Meet…