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.