Winebrenner Theological Seminary is an evangelical seminary. Winebrenner is distinctly shaped by the Churches of God, General Conference, but it is a community made up of many traditions in the body of Christ. The distinctive Winebrenner character affirms the position of historic pietism; that the personal experience of regeneration is a divine act and the sole means by which alienated humankind is reconciled to God in Christ. It also affirms the practice of three ordinances: believers’ baptism by immersion, the communion of the Lord’s Table, and the washing of the saints’ feet. The Seminary is Arminian in persuasion and nonsectarian in its positions. Thus, the Seminary community enables administrators, faculty members, and students to recognize and respect different viewpoints regarding various doctrines without compromising the historical tenets of Christianity.
Winebrenner Theological Seminary (WTS) was established in 1942 as a graduate school of theology of Findlay College (renamed The University of Findlay in 1989). In 1961, WTS received its charter from the State of Ohio, to become an independent, degree-granting institution.
WTS was founded by the Churches of God, General Conference (CGGC), an evangelical denomination headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. The Seminary derives its name from the founder of the denomination, John Winebrenner, who established the group in 1825 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
WTS continues to serve the CGGC as its sole seminary as well as students from 35 different denominational backgrounds. WTS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Winebrenner offers four masters programs, a Doctor of Ministry program and collaborates with The University of Findlay to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies program.