Category Archives: Arminian/Wesleyan


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.


Asbury Theological Seminary – Main Campus

Founded in 1923, Asbury Theological Seminary is one of the largest evangelical, multidenominational graduate institution that offers a variety of master degree and postgraduate degree programs through the schools of Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation, Theology and Formation, Practical Theology, World Mission and Evangelism and Postgraduate Studies. Asbury Theological Seminary is not affiliated with any one denomination but stands firmly in the Wesleyan tradition. The seminary graduates more United Methodist pastors than any other divinity school, a testimony to the appeal of its conservative doctrinal positions. Today, Asbury Theological Seminary enrolls a total of nearly 1,600 students, representing nearly 100 denominations and 29 countries. Committed to vital evangelical Christian Faith, Asbury Theological Seminary is rooted in the Wesleyan-Arminian theological doctrine.

Dr. Timothy C. Tennett is the current president of Asbury Theological Seminary who has served since July 2009.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ambrose Seminary

Located in Calgary, Alberta, Ambrose University is a private Christian educational institution that provides undergraduate education and graduate level education for pastoral ministry, as well as undergraduate level education in select liberal arts and science degrees. Ambrose University houses Ambrose Seminary, a conservative evangelical seminary that prepares students to serve and lead the church in the world. With a passion for deep and authentic community, the Seminary is characterized by faculty who integrate life experience with academic expertise to guide you in your growth – spiritually, academically, and professionally.



In addition to the main campus at Wilmore, the Asbury Theological Seminary offers courses at the Florida Dunnam campus in Orlando, Florida. Located just 15 minutes from the airport and downtown Orlando, Asbury Seminary’s Florida campus has the most strategic location imaginable. Orlando is one of the fastest growing areas of the nation for the Hispanic and African-American communities.

Asbury Theological Seminary, Florida Dunnam Campus is a large, multi-denominational seminary of Wesleyan theology committed to spiritually formative theological education. The Florida Dunnam campus has graduated over 400 students from the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degree programs. At present, the Seminary is serving approximately 300 students with a diverse student body coming from around the world.

Last April 18, 2013, Dr. Steve Gober became Florida Dunnam Campus’ Vice President. He has served the Florida campus for almost 3 years both as the former Director of Global and Community Formation and Director of Operations.



Founded in 1906, Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) is an evangelical and ecumenical seminary located in Ashland, Ohio, with extension campuses located in Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit Michigan. The core values of the Seminary are grounded in its Brethren heritage, which is derived from Anabaptism and Pietism. ATS is also part of the Graduate School of Ashland University, under the governance of the same Board of Trustees.

ATS integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world. ATS has graduated over 4,500 students and currently serving more than 800 students coming from more than 70 denominations and parachurch organizations and many different countries. ATS provides a continuum of educational opportunities that include certificate, diploma, master’s doctoral, and continuing education programs. These opportunities to serve the needs of both traditional students and other learners representing a variety of churches, para-church and secular settings.

In 2006, John Shultz became the president of Ashland Theological Seminary.



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.