Beeson Divinity School of Samford University is an interdenominational evangelical theological school in Birmingham, Alabama. The current dean of Beeson Divinity School is Timothy George and is the Professor of Divinity History and Doctrine. In addition, Beeson Divinity School is one of eight schools that make up Samford University.
On February 9, 1988, the Board of Trustees of Samford University authorized the establishment of the School of Divinity beginning in the 1988-1989 academic session. In one sense this action fulfilled the founding purpose of the University adopted in 1841 which provided for “the establishment of a Theological Institution, connected with the college hereinafter established.”
The seminary was established on February 9, 1988 and was established. In December of 1988, the Samford Board of Trustees voted to name the Divinity School ‘Beeson School of Divinity’ in honor of Ralph Waldo Beeson and his late father, John Wesley Beeson. Ralph Beeson provided the largest gift from a living individual in Samford history to establish the first divinity school at a Baptist college or university in the nation. Beeson Divinity School is open to persons from all Christian denominations.
Mr. Beeson’s founding vision was that Beeson Divinity School would be a place that trains “pastors who can preach.” Although many students and graduates find places of service outside the pulpit, the Seminary’s aim is to give special attention to the pastoral ministry.
Western Seminary is an evangelical, theologically conservative graduate school institution with several campuses located in Portland, Oregon, San Jose and Sacramento, California. In addition, Western Seminary now offers programs that can be completed online which makes biblical seminary training accessible. Western Seminary currently offer graduate degrees in Divinity, Counseling, Intercultural Studies, and Theology along with its Doctoral Programs in Ministry and Missiology.
Western Seminary is a conservative evangelical insititution dedicated to ‘gospel-centered transformation‘. Western Seminary students come from large number of Christian denominations and non-denominational churches. Faculty of Western Seminary teaches a conservative and evangelical doctine. In addition, the whole seminary believes that the Holy Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word and set it at the center of Western Semianry curriculum.
Located in Littleton, Colorado, Denver Seminary is an evangelical graduate-level institution that offers a wide range of degrees that are not typically associated with other accredited seminaries. Denver Seminary prides itself in its emphasis on training and mentoring as well as its rigorous academics which are combined with a steady dose of spiritual formation. Moreover, Denver Seminary has graduated over 4,500 students and currently serves more than 1,000 students coming from more than 50 denominations.
On July 1, 2009, Dr. Mark Young became the seventh President of Denver Seminary. He is a theological educator and a pastoral leader with more than thirty years of global ministry experience.
Founded in 1971, and now located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel Seminary is one of the 15 largest recognized seminaries in the United States. Nearly 1,400 seminary students are enrolled through the main campus at St. Paul and San Diego and teaching centers in New England and Washington D.C. Guided by orthodox and evangelical beliefs with roots in Pietism, Bethel Seminary is guided by a high view of Scripture and focuses on obedient, personal faith. The St. Paul campus is the only residential campus, which is also the largest campus of Bethel Seminary that occupies 245-wooded acres, including a spring-fed lake. The seminary currently offers a variety of master of arts degree, a master of divinity degree, a doctor of ministry degree as well as graduate and post-graduate degrees.
Bethel Seminary is affiliated with Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference) although it serves students from more than 50 denominations. The Seminary operates within Bethel University and the current president is James (Jay) H. Barnes III. He has repeatedly listed Pietism among the distinctive influences on himself.