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HMS Richards Divinity School of La Sierra University

Located in Riverside, California, the HMS Richards Divinity School provides general religious studies for all students studying at La Sierra University. The HMS Richards Divinity School offers the only Seventh-day Adventist graduate academic and professional programs in religion and ministry in the western United States.

Based upon the central Christian belief in one God, the Creator of the world and Redeemer of humankind, these studies explore the Bible as the inspired Word of God, provide instruction in Christian faith, examine the history and mission of the church, and offer guidance for Christian life.

Mid-America-Reformed

Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Locaetd in Dyer, Indiana, Mid-America Reformed Seminary is an evangelical graduate instituiton that offers theological education in the classic Reformed (or Calvinistic) tradition. The Seminary offers a three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program for students seeking ordination. Moreover, Mid-America Reformed Seminary also offers a two-year Master of Theological Studies degree for students seeking a theological education but not seeking ordination.

Mid-America’s commitment to theological education is based on confessional allegiance rather than denominational affiliation. With most faculty and board members being formerly associated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and now affiliated with the recently-created United Reformed Churches, all members of the faculty and of the Board of Trustees are committed to the Holy Scriptures as the infallible and inerrant Word of God, and in conformity with the Word are committed to the ecumenical creeds of Christendom (the Apostles’ Creed, Athanasian Creed, and Nicene Creed) and the Reformed Confessions (the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession of Faith) as faithfully setting forth the system of truth taught in Scripture.

The seminary was founded on April 21, 1981 when a group of Christian Reformed ministers and laymen met at the Hilton Hotel at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. At this meeting it was decided to establish a seminary society and board of trustees, to purchase the Harmony Youth Home in Orange City, Iowa to serve as the seminary’s campus, and to name the seminary Mid-America Reformed Seminary.1 The seminary was intended as an alternative to Calvin Theological Seminary, the denominational seminary of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which the founders of Mid-America believed was straying from its confessional Reformed identity.

In 1995 the seminary moved its campus to Dyer, Indiana, where it currently resides.

On April 8, 2006, Mid-America held a celebration of its 25th anniversary in the West Commons at Dordt College, and plans on holding other 25th anniversary celebrations throughout the United States and Canada in 2006.

Taylor-University

Taylor Seminary

Taylor Seminary is a centre for Christian higher education, a place where students and staff can nurture both head and heart. Located in southwest Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Taylor is located in one of Canada’s most dynamic cities on a spacious campus that provide places for quiet study, prayer, or simple relaxation.

Founded in 1940, Taylor prides itself in a heritage dating back to its beginnings as Christian Training Institute. Our seminary prepares leaders to serve in churches, missions agencies and marketplace ministries at home and abroad.

Taylor College and Seminary represents over sixty-five years of the community of North American Baptist churches responding faithfully to the changing educational demands of the church and society. The establishment of Taylor is rooted in a large number of local area “Christian training institutes” established in 1923 that were widely dispersed across the western prairies. These institutes appealed to the many rural young people who were idle during the long prairie winters and provided trained lay leadership for the local churches, as well as opportunities for young people to utilize their time wisely. Sessions held in various local churches engaged a number of area pastors as teachers and attracted young people from the surrounding area who attended these sessions for periods of one to six weeks.

Taylor continues to develop significant partnerships within the evangelical and higher education communities. These partnerships include North American Baptist churches, NAB Leadership Centers, North American Baptist Seminary, Carey Theological College, Education Consortium for Contextual Learning (ecCL), Network of Evangelical Seminaries (NETS) in Western Canada, Young Life, and the Baptist Union of Western Canada (BUWC). We are members of a number of educational groups, including Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC).

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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.

Chapman-Seminary

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.

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Winebrenner Theological Seminary

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.

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Wesley Biblical Seminary

Wesley Biblical Seminary is a multi-denominational, graduate school of theology within the evangelical, Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. The seminary, founded in 1974 and located in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, serves men and women who come from thirty denominations from all across the United States and a number of other countries. WBS has its main residential campus in Jackson, MS, and a virtual campus made up of students from around the globe. The founding of Wesley Biblical Seminary grew out of the need for adequately prepared pastors within the Methodist tradition in the Deep South. It has since become global in its perspective and mission. In 1974, after two years of study, the Association of Independent Methodists voted to establish an interdenominational seminary committed to historic Methodist theology.

Dr. Ivan C. Howard became the seminary’s first president. The facilities of Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi, provided temporary housing for the seminary’s opening semester in September 1974. On July 22, 1975, Wesley Biblical Seminary was incorporated as an independent, non-denominational, non-profit educational institution with its Charter, By-laws and doctrinal statement duly adopted at the first Board of Trustees meeting on September 20, 1975. Subsequent to the death of Dr. Howard, Dr. Eldon R. Fuhrman was elected president in 1977. Dr. Fuhrman served the seminary as president for eight years, and returned to full-time teaching in 1985. Dr. Harold G. Spann assumed presidential leadership July 1, 1985. Dr. Robert Lawrence succeeded Dr. Spann as president in 1996. On January 15, 1998, Dr. Ronald E. Smith was elected as the fifth president of Wesley Biblical Seminary. He was followed in July 2010 by Dr. James L. Porter as the seminary’s sixth president.

The seminary is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of ministerial and lay leaders who represent the rich diversity of the Methodistic tradition. The seminary depends primarily upon gifts and pledges of concerned individuals, groups and churches for operational capital and endowment funding. Approximately one-fifth of the school’s funds are provided in tuition. All other funds are provided through the gifts of people who stand in support of the seminary.

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CAROLINA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DIVINITY

Carolina Graduate School of Divinity is positioned to provide graduate theological education for men and women from multi-denominational backgrounds. The mission of Carolina Graduate School of Divinity is from Psalm 78:70-72 which is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he forms students spiritually, intellectually, and vocationally to shepherd God’s people with integrity of heart and lead them with skillful hands.

Recently, Carolina Graduate School of Divinity (CGSD) has joined a growing number of higher educational institutions as a member of the University Center of Randolph County at Randolph Community College. Carolina Graduate School of Divinity will offer a Master of Arts in Ministry degree and a Master of Divinity degree on RCC’s campus.