From Administrator to Minister

by M.Div. Middler Bob Ike Why would a guy in his mid-40s, who already has the highest degree in his field and a solid profession in school administration, be surfing the Western Theological Seminary website? It seemed as though I was being…

Sharing a Passion for Language

by M.Div. Junior Linnea Scobey On the first day of Hebrew class at Western Theological Seminary, something happened in me. As we stood there surrounded by stuffed animals, learning the words for them in Hebrew, I had the keen sense that I…

The Trailblazers: 10 year reunion of first distance-learning grads

L to R: Ruth Fitzgerald, Larry Karow, Dan DeVries, Jill Carattini, Scott Nyp When Ruth Fitzgerald did a Google search for “distance learning” the week of Christmas 2002, Western Theological Seminary came up on her computer screen. The…

2019 Summer Institute on Theology & Disability

The 2019 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability will be held in Holland, Michigan, May 20-23, 2019 in partnership with Western Theological Seminary. The Institute brings together academics, theologians, practitioners, and others to explore…

Dr. Felix Theonugraha Named as 12th President of WTS

Western Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Felix Theonugraha as its next president. Dr. Theonugraha is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and a talented administrator who comes to the seminary…

Osterhaven Lectures with Dr. John Swinton

Join us on April 15-16, 2019 for the Osterhaven Lectures in Theology, featuring Dr. John Swinton.   Monday, April 15 9:40 am          Dr. Swinton preaching in Chapel (public welcome, sign up here) 10:30 am        Lecture #1:  Raging…

Introducing the Nouwen Fellows

This fall we welcomed the first Henri Nouwen Doctoral Fellows! Thanks to funding from a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to further the seminary’s work in the area of disability and ministry, Western was able to invite two…

“Cancer Stories & The Christian Story” with Dr. Deanna Thompson

Join us on Friday, February 15, 2019 Dr. Deanna Thompson, author of Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry, will share from her own story and research how faith is experienced through the trauma of serious illness. Showing…

The Heart of Western Theological Seminary

by Dr. Tom Boogaart Having taught at Western Theological Seminary for more than 32 years, I am now about to retire. I am filled with many different emotions, but chief among them is gratitude. I am so grateful to have been part of this seminary…

Reflections and History of the Library at WTS

Reflection from Ann Nieuwkoop, Interim Director of the Library Back in 1988 when I began working as a technical services librarian for the seminary, patrons used a card catalog to locate materials. My first project was to coordinate the…

Thurs. Dec. 13: Dr. Boogaart's final Hebrew Enactment

"Jonah: Standing Before the Face of God" Rev. Dr. Tom Boogaart, Dennis and Betty Voskuil Professor of Old Testament, will retire in December. In honor of his retirement, you are invited to attend a Hebrew Enactment by WTS students on Thursday,…

A Theological Giant and Down-to-Earth Friend

  Top photo: President Hesselink and Academic Dean Heideman Jeff Munroe Executive Vice President   There were giants in the earth in those days – Genesis 6:4 I met John Hesselink the first day I ever set foot…

Mescalero Apache Reservation, New Mexico

Senior student Noelle Jacobs reflects on her summer internship The Lord first led me to Mescalero in March of 2013 on a spring break mission trip with Campus Ministry at Grand Valley State University after He spoke to me in a dream to go…