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Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Located in Point Breezem Pennsylvania, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) is a ministry of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. The Seminary was founded in 1810, and is the fifth oldest seminary in the United States. Reforemed Presbyterian Theological Seminary currently offers the following degrees: Master of Divinity (M.Div), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min). RPTS also offers a Diploma in Theology Program (Dip.Th.), Missionary Training and Servant of the Church certificate programs, and a concentration in Biblical Counseling.

Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s mission is “to educate students who love the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, equipping pastors for the ministry of the gospel and preparing others in the church for effective service in His kingdom, all within the framework of the historic Reformed faith.” RPTS emphasizes scholarship in Biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and Biblical counseling; the cultivation of personal godliness and interpersonal skills; and the development of spiritual gifts.


Pentecostal Theological Seminary

The Pentecostal Theological Seminary is dedicated to preparing pastors and training ministerial leaders for global evangelization. Over twelve hundred Seminary graduates serve in strategic locations and lead ministries to fulfill the urgent world-wide mission of the church.

From its inception, the Seminary has shared library resources with Lee University. In the Fall of 1981, the Seminary doubled the holdings in religion with the purchase of 27,000 volumes. The Pentecostal Resource Center houses the William G. Squires Library and serves both the Seminary and Lee University. It is also an archive for the Church of God and the international Pentecostal Research Center. The library currently contains approximately 154,000 volumes. Following the election of Dr. Cecil B. Knight at the 1982 General Assembly as Assistant General Overseer, Dr. Lewis J. Willis was appointed President. The enrollment continued to grow in the Fall.

With the dedication of the Thurman J. Curtsinger Ministry Center on September 28, 1995, the Seminary effectively doubled its campus workspace. This accomplishment speaks to the honor of a noted churchman who endowed the project, to the leadership that has brought it to pass, and to the passion, dedication, and reputation of a highly qualified faculty. In 1997, the Board of Directors, in keeping with the earliest rationale for the school and its unique denominational mission, changed the name of the school to Church of God Theological Seminary.

In May of 1998, Dr. Donald M. Walker, a Seminary alumnus, was selected as President. He and his wife, Jacquelyn, gave themselves tirelessly to secure finances and a record enrollment at the Seminary. President Walker arrived at the Seminary in the middle of the self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation and worked to make this a reality. During his tenure, ATS and SACS reaffirmed the accreditation of the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Discipleship and Christian Formation, and the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degrees for ten years, and approved the Doctor of Ministry degree. Along with his wife, they increased endowment scholarships to $6 million, making it possible for more ministers to be fully equipped for ministry in the twenty-first century, and established 3 new endowed chairs.


McMaster Divinity College

McMaster Divinity College, also known as MacDiv, is a Christian seminary in Hamilton, Ontario. It is affiliated with the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, although in practice it is interdenominational, and could be said to more closely align with the broader Evangelical tradition. McMaster styles itself, “Canada’s University based Evangelical Seminary.” The mission is to develop effective Evangelical Christian leaders who are equipped for ministry in the 21st century.

McMaster University was reorganized in 1957 allowing for governance of the institution to pass from the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec (BCOQ) to a privately chartered, publicly funded arrangement. The theological program was transformed into McMaster Divinity College, a separately chartered affiliate college of the University, although the Faculty of Theology remains in name, with selected faculty members of the Divinity College appointed to it. With its own Senate and Board of Trustees, the Divinity College is situated at the heart of the McMaster University campus, enjoying degree conferral by the University as well as its rich learning resources.

McMaster was among the first Canadian universities to admit women, the first to confer a theological degree upon a woman, and the first to have a woman professor. The Divinity College has been a leader in developing a supervised Field Education program and a Parish Nurse Institute.


Wycliffe College

Wycliffe College is an Anglican Church of Canada seminary federated with the University of Toronto. It is evangelical and Low church in orientation. On the other hand, the University of Toronto’s other Anglican college, the University of Trinity College is Anglo-Catholic in outlook. While being an Anglican seminary, Wycliffe College attracts students from many Christian denominations. As a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology, students are free to participate in the wide range of courses from Canada’s largest ecumenical consortium. It trains those pursuing ordination as well as those preparing for academic careers of scholarship and teaching.

Wycliffe College is colloquially referred to as “Yale North” due to the high number of tenured professors who were trained at Yale Divinity School.

The Anglican seminary was founded in 1877 as the Protestant Episcopal Divinity School, by the Church Association of the Diocese of Toronto, a lay Evangelical group at the Cathedral Church of St. James. The name Wycliffe College, inspired by the English theologian John Wycliffe, was given first to the college’s building and then to the college itself.

To ensure its long-term viability, Wycliffe College began considering various forms of union with the University of Toronto towards the end of the 19th century. Wycliffe College became affiliated with the University of Toronto in 1885 and federated in 1889.

In 1969 the Toronto School of Theology (TST) was created as an independent federation of 7 schools of theology, including the divinity faculties of Wycliffe college. Within its own federation, the University of Toronto granted all but theology or divinity degrees. Since 1978, by virtue of a change made in its charter, the University of Toronto has granted theology degrees conjointly with Wycliffe College and other TST’s member institutions.

An Act respecting Wycliffe College, being chapter 112 of the Statutes of Ontario, 1916, was repealed and the Wycliffe College Act, 2002 was substituted. Wycliffe College’s Arms were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on March 15, 2007.

The Wycliffe College Chapel sancturary features several stained glass windows including: `Our Lord“, `St. Paul`, `St. John` and `Timothy` by Robert McCausland Limited.


World Mission University

On September 28, 1988, the Oriental Mission Church implemented a special committee to pray about the need for a new seminary for training missionaries, pastors, and lay leaders. When the meeting adjourned, the seed that would become World Mission Theological Seminary had been planted. In March 1989, World Mission Theological Seminary started with thirty-two students and Rev. Dong Sun Lim was appointed as the first President.

World Mission Theological Seminary was authorized to issue the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in 1991, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 by the California Department of Education. In 1993, the name of the institution was changed from World Mission Theological Seminary to World Mission University to reflect the school’s broader offering of programs.

In August 2003, the institution moved to a new location in Koreatown, a center of downtown Los Angeles. In 2004, World Mission University achieved Candidate Status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Today, World Mission University is accredited by both the Association of Biblical Higher Education and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. World Mission University also has Candidate Status with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. All three accrediting agencies are members of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and recognized by the United States Department of Education.


Southern Evangelical Seminary

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Southern Evangelical Seminary is a conservative evangelical seminary that offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in Christian apologetics, theology, philosophy, biblical studies and more. The seminary was established in 1992 by Ross Rhoads, a former pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte and Noran Geisler, a leading Christian apologist and theologian. Rhoads’ burden for evangelism and Geisler’s concern to defend the Faith combined in the two-fold vision of Southern Evangelical Seminary to evangelize the world and to defend the historic Christian Faith. It was officially incorporated in the State of North Carolina on January 6, 1992.

The first classes began in September of 1992. Southern Evangelical Seminary grew rapidly, attracting students from all over the United States and several other countries. From the beginning it attracted national attention by its unique program in evangelism and classical apologetics. The first graduate received his degree in 1995. Ross Rhoads was appointed as the first President of the Seminary. Norman Geisler would assume the presidency and remain in that position until 2006.

In the late summer of 2003, Southern Evangelical Seminary completed the building of its own 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) facility on a ten and one-half acre lot located at 3000 Tilley Morris Road, Matthews, North Carolina. In the Fall of 2004 Southern Evangelical Bible College was established to offer students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree. For a few years, starting in 2006 Alex McFarland, a long time friend of the seminary, was president. Alex’s blend of apologetics and evangelism was found to be a perfect fit for SES which includes both of these in its two-fold mission statement: To evangelize the world and defend the historic Christian faith.

In Spring of 2007 the Veritas Graduate School of Apologetics at SES was approved to offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. In the Spring of 2008, a 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) facility was added, which doubled the library, tripled the bookstore, and provided more classroom space for students in the growing residency program. The new building also houses a radio station and a state of the art studio for recording.

Richard Land, formerly noted as President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a stalwart voice of theological and social conservatism was named president on July 1, 2013, expanding the appeal and reach of Southern Evangelical Seminary.


Briercrest College and Seminary

Briercrest College and Seminary is a community of rigorous learning that calls students to seek the kingdom of God, to be shaped profoundly by the Scriptures, and to be formed spiritually and intellectually for lives of service. Briercrest College and Seminary also operates Caronport High School.

Its precursor was a home Bible study in the village of Briercrest, Saskatchewan, which grew to include several members of the community. Eventually the group formed a new church, the Briercrest Gospel Assembly. The people needed a pastor to lead the church and wanted to open a Bible school.

Henry Hildebrand was a student at Winnipeg Bible Institute and a circuit riding preacher with Canadian Sunday School Mission (CSSM). Mr. Sinclair Whittaker, one of the believers at Briercrest, was a businessman and a former Conservative member of the provincial legislature. He contacted Henry, informing him of their need for a pastor and their desire to open a Bible school. Eventually Hildebrand agreed to join them at Briercrest.

Briercrest Bible Institute opened its doors on October 19, 1935, and 11 students enrolled. A rented house served as dormitory, classroom, and office for the school. Mr. Hildebrand was principal and Mrs. Annie Hillson, Mrs. Isabel Whittaker, Jean Whittaker, and Margaret Rusk helped with teaching and administration. Donald McMillan joined them in the second term as assistant principal.

By 1946, they had outgrown their facility, and Mr. Whittaker arranged the purchase of Royal Airforce Base #33 in Caron for $50,000. The new facility was dedicated on July 1, 1946, and the task of converting the airbase into dormitories, classrooms, offices, and staff housing began.

Caronport High School opened in September 1946. A grade school also began that year. Enrollment grew in all of the schools and many new buildings were constructed to accommodate the growing student body. In the early 1970s, the schools began to recognize the need for academic credibility. Briercrest became a candidate for accreditation with the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (now the Association for Biblical Higher Education) in 1973, and became accredited in 1976. The school was given authority to grant degrees in 1974. In 1979, a distance learning program was launched. In 1982, the name Briercrest Bible Institute was changed to Briercrest Bible College. The seminary began in 1983, and receive accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in 1998. College enrollment grew from 285 in 1970 to 775 in 1985.


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.


Chapman Seminary

Located in Oakland City, Indiana, Oakland City University’s graduate seminary — Chapman Seminary is thoroughly committed to developing the spiritual, moral, and intellectual maturity necessary for effective leadership in the Church. Chapman Seminary currenly offers Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministy degrees.

The Chapman Seminary and the Chapman School of Religious Studies are learning/teaching communities dedicated to OCU’s mission. Oakland City University is a Christian faith-based learning community dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social development for positive leadership.