Distinguished Alum- Dr. Tom Boogaart '75

Above image: Tom with the newly minted “Dr. West” at the Free University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands after Travis successfully defended his dissertation, May 29, 2018. Six Things I’ve Learned from Tom By Dr. Travis West Over the…

On to Glory- Jeanette Ramos Schipper

The WTS community is grieving the loss of Jeanette Ramos Schipper, Admissions Administrative Assistant, who passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 20. Our hearts are broken and go out to her husband Matt and their children. Please lift up Jeanette's…

Distinguished Alum- The Rev. Brian Vriesman '79

Brian Vriesman’s ministry can be summed up in two words: lifelong impact. By doing ministry in one place for 34 years, he left his mark on generations of followers of Jesus. While numbers don’t tell the whole story, they give one…

Young Life partnership bears fruit

By Jeff Munroe, Executive Vice President My call to ministry came while I was a student at Michigan State University many decades ago. I was very interested in joining the staff of Young Life, a vibrant youth ministry I had been involved…

Looking Back: The Brown Presidency, 2008-2019

Photo: Dr. Brown introduces Felix Theonugraha, the next president, to the distance learning students on campus for Intensives in May. Back in 2008 when Dr. Timothy Brown was told he had been selected as the next president of Western Theological…

On to Glory- Rev. Marvin Hoff

Western Theological Seminary is saddened to learn of the passing of former president, Rev. Marvin Hoff. May he Rest In Peace and rise in glory. Please see the full obituary from Marvin's son David below: Marvin Hoff, who dedicated his life…

Bast-Brown Preaching Chair

The Henry Bast - Timothy Brown Preaching Chair Many people have asked if there might be a way to honor Dr. Timothy Brown and the completion of his presidency with a gift. Yes, there is! Our Board of Trustees has approved expanding the name…

Holiness Abounding

by Jeff Munroe Executive Vice President I zoomed in 400% on the above picture of Dedication Day so I could see who was in it. I never imagined doing so would make me cry, but it did. The tears welled up because of the stories of the…

The Clarifying Gift of Slowness

By Dr. Kyle J.S. Small Dean of Formation for Ministry I left on July 21 for 33 days of walking the Camino de Santiago, one day for every year of Christ’s life. I teach leadership and spiritual formation, so I organized this part of my…

May 13, 2019 Commencement and Alumni/ae Day

Videos are now available from Commencement and the Alumni Day Lecture with Lisa Sharon Harper:

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…