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Wesley-Seminary

Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University

Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University is a Seminary School and Theological Seminary of The Wesleyan Church.

After years of prayer and dialogue between Indiana Wesleyan University leaders and Wesleyan Church officials, in April 2009 the IWU Board of Trustees voted to create a new seminary to house the new Master of Divinity and existing Master of Arts in Ministry degrees.

The first class of 30 Master of Divinity students started in August 2009. This group joined approximately 170 Master of Arts in Ministry students. Both degrees are offered in online and onsite formats. Multiple factors converged to turn this dream into a reality.

First, IWU’s parent denomination, The Wesleyan Church, has never had its own official seminary. Currently, 15 percent of Wesleyan ministers are seminary trained. The new Wesley Seminary provides the accessibility and affordability to increase that percentage dramatically.

Second, IWU has a healthy infrastructure that can support this venture. Seminaries typically struggle financially, but IWU possesses the resources to effectively undergird this initiative.

Third, IWU has a proven track record of successfully delivering innovative adult education programs. In a little more than two decades, IWU’s adult education programs have grown to more than 12,000 students. The same accessible, affordable and practical model of education is employed by Wesley Seminary to create a student-centered approach to busy working ministers.

Fourth, there is a growing awareness in the broader seminary world that ministerial education needs to be done in a new way. It is becoming increasingly difficult for ministers and their families to pick up and move to a seminary for three or four years, followed by another move upon graduation. The new Wesley Seminary model allows ministers to stay in their current ministry setting while attending seminary online or on-campus one day a week. Research also suggests that traditional seminaries are struggling to prepare ministers for practical ministry. The combination of these personal and professional considerations led to the birth of the new Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Northeastern-Seminary

Northeastern Seminary

Northeastern Seminary (NES) is a graduate school of theology located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. NES has been fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 2003. It is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Board of Regents University of the State of New York.

Roberts Wesleyan College was originally established as Chili Seminary by Benjamin Titus Roberts in 1866. Roberts was a social activist who opposed slavery and oppression of the poor, and was a supporter of women’s right to vote. He began the school to train young people to become servant leaders with high moral character.

In 1885, its name changed to Chesbrough Seminary in response to the $30,000 gift of benefactor A.M. Chesbrough. In 1945, it was renamed Roberts Junior College in honor of B.T. Roberts, the founder both the college and of the Free Methodist Church. Four years later, it was renamed as Roberts Wesleyan College in order to pay homage to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and the Wesleyan Church.

In 1998, Roberts Wesleyan College established Northeastern Seminary as its graduate school of theology.

Northeastern Seminary is a place where students are being transformed in a dynamic and supportive learning community … where graduates embody, articulate, and advance the kingdom of God in a variety of ministry contexts around the world … and where the church and community are served through lifelong learning for pastors and church leaders.

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Fuller Theological Seminary

Located in Pasadena, California, Fuller Theological Seminary offers 20 degree programs at 9 campus locations – with Spanish, Korean, and online options – through Schools of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural Studies as well as 15 centers, institutes, and initiatives. Arguably one of the largest and most diverse multidenominational seminaries in the world, Fuller Theological Seminary is known for its academic rigor and has more than 4,200 students from 70 countries and 100 denominations.

As of today, more than 40,000 Fuller alumni have been called to serve as ministers, counselors, teachers, artists, nonprofit leaders, businesspersons, and in a multitude of other kingdom vocations around the world. Some of the seminary’s famous alumni include Rick Warren, John Ortberg, John Piper, John Maxwell and Bill Bright (Founder, Campus Crusade for Christ).

Dr. Mark Labberton was named the president of Fuller Theological Seminary as of July 1, 2013. He is also the Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching. He succeeded Richard John Mouw as the president of Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Mouw returned to teaching in the position of Professor of Faith and Public Life. Mouw came from a Reformed background and has a particular interest in the Calvinist concept of ‘common grace’. He is also committed to social justice and ecumenism. In 2006, a Los Angeles Times article labeled Richard Mouw as “one of the nation’s leading evangelicals”.

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ALLIANCE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY – NYACK

Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) is the national seminary of The Christian and Missionary Alliance centered in metropolitan New York with extensions in other parts of the United States and abroad. The Rockland Campus of Alliance Theological Seminary serves as the main campus which is located in a small suburban community in Nyack, Rockland County overlooking the historic and picturesque Hudson River Valley. The total enrollment for all ATS campuses is over 800 (275 on Rockland campus) and the student body is 80% ethnically diverse and represents almost 40 denominations.

Michael G. Scales is the 12th president of Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College. He was first elected as president of ATS and Nyack College in 2006 and has since been re-elected to that role twice.