Contact a Western Seminary Enrollment Counselor

Contact an Enrollment Counselor

We would love to help you discover if Western Seminary is the right place for you. Our Enrollment Counselors are equipped to answer questions about all of our training programs, visiting campus, the application process, what it's like to be a student at Western, and more. We hope that we will be able to come alongside you in the transition to seminary life.

Select your preferred study location below to find contact information for the staff member at that location who can best meet your needs. Just click the “Get to Know” links to find out more about each member.

Online Campus

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Phone: 503.517.1800
Toll-Free: 877.517.1800
Fax: 503.517.1801
Address: 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97215

Armstrong Hall
Luke Todd
Luke Todd
Enrollment Counselor
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503.517.1807

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in beautiful Northern California, in the obscure town of Potter Valley, a few hours north of San Francisco.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

My time at Western has helped me approach theology and ministry with a greater measure of grace and humility. The commitment to teach students to think biblically, theologically and critically rather than merely to pass on a particular theological system has been a refreshing challenge.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

The simple answer is ministry. I love teaching, and my wife and I would love to someday pursue some sort of ministry internationally, but are really open to what God brings our way. The MABTS has been a great option for me, allowing me to lay an academic foundation, while giving me some exciting tools to put to use in my local church. I love learning and would love to continue on into Western's ThM program after I complete my MA.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go? And what's the best vacation spot you've ever been to or want to go to?

I'm terrible with these kinds of questions. How do you choose with the whole world sitting there? Maybe the British Isles or New Zealand, maybe Iceland, Israel, Turkey. They always seemed like places I'd love to visit that are rather cost prohibitive. The list could go on and on.

Favorite place I've been? Again, impossible to answer. I've been blessed to be able to travel quite a bit and going back to an Island in Malaysia (or anywhere else I've been) sounds pretty good right now.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Hmm...favorites again. It's been far too long since I've seen The Princess Bride.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

We looked at seminaries all over the country, but family in Portland drew us to look closely at schools here. As we narrowed it down to a few schools, my wife and I ended up at a wonderful church with a number of Western students and alumni. As we got to know them as we worshipped and served with them, we were able to get a first-hand account of what Western has to offer and were quickly convinced it was the place to be.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to read, play sports, hike, hunt, fish, pick mushrooms, cook and eat good food, bake sourdough bread, play guitar, drink coffee, watch Giants baseball, travel, and most especially, do anything at all with my lovely wife.

What's your favorite quote?

One favorite I have no doubts about is my favorite book, The Lord of the Rings. This is one of many fantastic quotes from Tolkien:

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” - Gandalf (to Frodo, regarding Gollum)

Besides Jesus, who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

I was powerfully influenced by JP Moreland during my undergraduate studies. Interacting with a number of his books helped me grasp the importance of thinking deeply and critically. It sparked a desire to read more widely than I had before and to examine my life more closely.

Not a person, but another powerful influence on my life has been traveling and living abroad. Traveling in Europe, Asia and South America opened my eyes to a world that is far larger and smaller than I had ever imagined. Living in South Korea for a year, immersed in such a foreign culture, made me vulnerable enough for God to work some deep life change through relationships we built while there, and allowed me to see myself and my own culture in a much clearer way than I ever had.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

Ministry is a difficult task. Seminary is an opportunity to approach that task with greater preparation and a better understanding of what lies ahead. God had used me to minister before I ever came to seminary and he has continued to use me since I've been here. Having said that, I have been so very blessed to have learned what I have so far, to have dialogued with professors, to have prayed together with students, and to have been challenged to approach whatever ministry God has for me as well equipped as possible.

Michal Dudrey
Michal Dudrey
Enrollment Counselor
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503.517.1882

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

A little bit Minnesota, a little bit Nebraska! I've seen more snow in my life than Portland has seen EVER.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

I have been incredibly blessed by my time here. I am grateful especially that counseling students get to take theology and Bible classes, and I'm thankful for the emphasis on learning how to think critically and integrate psychological science with the core beliefs of Christianity. Along with being challenged to grow in my thinking, I have felt more and more personally anchored in the gospel of Jesus and am grateful that I am being equipped to offer His healing and comfort to my clients.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

I'm planning to go on to get my counseling license. In my practice, I'd love to partner with a church, and also to continue working with the college population in some capacity. One day I'd love to work with couples. The great thing about a counseling degree is its flexibility.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

I've done some traveling in Thailand and Japan, and that was pretty sweet! At this point, I think I'd spend about two months with some friends and some books on some tropical island with no internet service and nothing I am required to do, in order to detox my grad-school brain....

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Pride and Prejudice, the 6-hour BBC version, hands down. Other less-dorky favorites are What About Bob?, Les Miserables, and... Well, all the other ones are pretty dorky too.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

After getting a degree in music, I realized what I really wanted was a helping career (even though the starving artist thing is very popular these days). I moved to Portland on a whim after college, and one thing led to another. I lived in a house of four Christian girls, one of whom was getting her MABTS at Western (and who later, through my excellent matchmaking abilities, became my sister-in-law!). Through our social circles, I ended up meeting several people who attended Western, and they were quality (and one of them is now my fiancée... good things happen at Western! How's that for advertising?). Since I was in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, I looked into Western's counseling program more, and it more than exceeded my expectations.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Socialize, catch up with old friends, exercise, road trips to anywhere(!), adventures, painting, people-watching, 80's dancing, sing loud so that my neighbors can hear... you know, the usual. Lately free time isn't free. You gotta steal it from the time you should be doing something responsible and scholarly.

What's your favorite quote?

Too hard! So many!

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

My parents. My dad is an amazing, godly, scholarly man who has forgotten more than most people ever knew. My mom keeps him in line and has all the social graces.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

Anytime you are in a helping profession, most especially ministry, you will often find yourself dealing with the messiest pieces of people's lives. You will need to be grounded in what you believe, able to maintain your faith in God's redeeming love and his ultimate control, or you will not be equipped to offer real hope, and are in danger of burning out yourself. Seminary offers a time and place to wrestle with God's word among others with a passion to follow his heart, and can be in incredible place to grow.

Adam Triplett
Adam Triplett
Enrollment Associate
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503.517.1805

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised in North Carolina.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

Western Seminary has taught me the importance of Biblical knowledge and theological understanding as it applies to the local church. Apart from having a robust awareness of the faith we cannot lead the church with grace and truth.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

I hope to spend my life revitalizing dying churches through making disciples.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

I would take my family on a boat, traveling down the entire East Coast, stopping at every town along the way.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Ties between Field Of Dreams, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Gods & Generals.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

The fact that Western isn't inward focused, but is set on marrying ministry and education.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my family doing things outdoors or reading a book on the couch.

What's your favorite quote?

“Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” – Jonathan Edwards

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

The Puritans, Stonewall Jackson, my father, my friends, and my wife.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

I think seminary training is necessary because it gives the leaders in the local church a vision for the importance of training up their people in the ways of God – through gospel depth, holy pursuit, and biblical growth. Apart from this understanding, the leader is not really leading their people anywhere worth going.

Keane Collins
Keane Collins
Director of Online Student Services
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503.517.1811

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

Born in Santa Barbara, California.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

Western has trained me to understand and apply what God's word says. I used to rely on and apply worldly, pragmatic advice and solutions.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

I am pursuing a Master of Divinity, hoping to apply it in leading a church, which desires renewal.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

And what's the best vacation spot you've ever been to or want to go to? I'd like to take my wife through Europe during April.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

The Incredibles (I'm a kid at heart).

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

My pastor had taken Greek through the Western Seminary Online campus, so I took Carl Laney's classes online, loved them, and moved to Portland for more.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Go for walks in my neighborhood, go backpacking with my kids, and grow vegetables and roses in my garden.

What's your favorite quote?

“In Him you have been made complete.” Colossians 2:10

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

My wife, who has faithfully loved me for 22 years, whereas my life prior to her had been marked by broken relationships.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

To learn to accurately handle God's word, and to gain skill and wisdom in leadership from professors who are also church leaders.

Portland Campus

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Phone: 503.517.1800
Toll-Free: 877.517.1800
Fax: 503.517.1801
Address: 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97215

Armstrong Hall
Luke Todd
Luke Todd
Enrollment Counselor
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503.517.1807

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in beautiful Northern California, in the obscure town of Potter Valley, a few hours north of San Francisco.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

My time at Western has helped me approach theology and ministry with a greater measure of grace and humility. The commitment to teach students to think biblically, theologically and critically rather than merely to pass on a particular theological system has been a refreshing challenge.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

The simple answer is ministry. I love teaching, and my wife and I would love to someday pursue some sort of ministry internationally, but are really open to what God brings our way. The MABTS has been a great option for me, allowing me to lay an academic foundation, while giving me some exciting tools to put to use in my local church. I love learning and would love to continue on into Western's ThM program after I complete my MA.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go? And what's the best vacation spot you've ever been to or want to go to?

I'm terrible with these kinds of questions. How do you choose with the whole world sitting there? Maybe the British Isles or New Zealand, maybe Iceland, Israel, Turkey. They always seemed like places I'd love to visit that are rather cost prohibitive. The list could go on and on.

Favorite place I've been? Again, impossible to answer. I've been blessed to be able to travel quite a bit and going back to an Island in Malaysia (or anywhere else I've been) sounds pretty good right now.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Hmm...favorites again. It's been far too long since I've seen The Princess Bride.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

We looked at seminaries all over the country, but family in Portland drew us to look closely at schools here. As we narrowed it down to a few schools, my wife and I ended up at a wonderful church with a number of Western students and alumni. As we got to know them as we worshipped and served with them, we were able to get a first-hand account of what Western has to offer and were quickly convinced it was the place to be.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to read, play sports, hike, hunt, fish, pick mushrooms, cook and eat good food, bake sourdough bread, play guitar, drink coffee, watch Giants baseball, travel, and most especially, do anything at all with my lovely wife.

What's your favorite quote?

One favorite I have no doubts about is my favorite book, The Lord of the Rings. This is one of many fantastic quotes from Tolkien:

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” - Gandalf (to Frodo, regarding Gollum)

Besides Jesus, who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

I was powerfully influenced by JP Moreland during my undergraduate studies. Interacting with a number of his books helped me grasp the importance of thinking deeply and critically. It sparked a desire to read more widely than I had before and to examine my life more closely.

Not a person, but another powerful influence on my life has been traveling and living abroad. Traveling in Europe, Asia and South America opened my eyes to a world that is far larger and smaller than I had ever imagined. Living in South Korea for a year, immersed in such a foreign culture, made me vulnerable enough for God to work some deep life change through relationships we built while there, and allowed me to see myself and my own culture in a much clearer way than I ever had.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

Ministry is a difficult task. Seminary is an opportunity to approach that task with greater preparation and a better understanding of what lies ahead. God had used me to minister before I ever came to seminary and he has continued to use me since I've been here. Having said that, I have been so very blessed to have learned what I have so far, to have dialogued with professors, to have prayed together with students, and to have been challenged to approach whatever ministry God has for me as well equipped as possible.

Michal Dudrey
Michal Dudrey
Enrollment Counselor
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503.517.1882

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

A little bit Minnesota, a little bit Nebraska! I've seen more snow in my life than Portland has seen EVER.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

I have been incredibly blessed by my time here. I am grateful especially that counseling students get to take theology and Bible classes, and I'm thankful for the emphasis on learning how to think critically and integrate psychological science with the core beliefs of Christianity. Along with being challenged to grow in my thinking, I have felt more and more personally anchored in the gospel of Jesus and am grateful that I am being equipped to offer His healing and comfort to my clients.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

I'm planning to go on to get my counseling license. In my practice, I'd love to partner with a church, and also to continue working with the college population in some capacity. One day I'd love to work with couples. The great thing about a counseling degree is its flexibility.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

I've done some traveling in Thailand and Japan, and that was pretty sweet! At this point, I think I'd spend about two months with some friends and some books on some tropical island with no internet service and nothing I am required to do, in order to detox my grad-school brain....

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Pride and Prejudice, the 6-hour BBC version, hands down. Other less-dorky favorites are What About Bob?, Les Miserables, and... Well, all the other ones are pretty dorky too.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

After getting a degree in music, I realized what I really wanted was a helping career (even though the starving artist thing is very popular these days). I moved to Portland on a whim after college, and one thing led to another. I lived in a house of four Christian girls, one of whom was getting her MABTS at Western (and who later, through my excellent matchmaking abilities, became my sister-in-law!). Through our social circles, I ended up meeting several people who attended Western, and they were quality (and one of them is now my fiancée... good things happen at Western! How's that for advertising?). Since I was in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, I looked into Western's counseling program more, and it more than exceeded my expectations.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Socialize, catch up with old friends, exercise, road trips to anywhere(!), adventures, painting, people-watching, 80's dancing, sing loud so that my neighbors can hear... you know, the usual. Lately free time isn't free. You gotta steal it from the time you should be doing something responsible and scholarly.

What's your favorite quote?

Too hard! So many!

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

My parents. My dad is an amazing, godly, scholarly man who has forgotten more than most people ever knew. My mom keeps him in line and has all the social graces.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

Anytime you are in a helping profession, most especially ministry, you will often find yourself dealing with the messiest pieces of people's lives. You will need to be grounded in what you believe, able to maintain your faith in God's redeeming love and his ultimate control, or you will not be equipped to offer real hope, and are in danger of burning out yourself. Seminary offers a time and place to wrestle with God's word among others with a passion to follow his heart, and can be in incredible place to grow.

Adam Triplett
Adam Triplett
Enrollment Associate
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503.517.1805

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised in North Carolina.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

Western Seminary has taught me the importance of Biblical knowledge and theological understanding as it applies to the local church. Apart from having a robust awareness of the faith we cannot lead the church with grace and truth.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

I hope to spend my life revitalizing dying churches through making disciples.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

I would take my family on a boat, traveling down the entire East Coast, stopping at every town along the way.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Ties between Field Of Dreams, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Gods & Generals.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

The fact that Western isn't inward focused, but is set on marrying ministry and education.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my family doing things outdoors or reading a book on the couch.

What's your favorite quote?

“Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” – Jonathan Edwards

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

The Puritans, Stonewall Jackson, my father, my friends, and my wife.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

I think seminary training is necessary because it gives the leaders in the local church a vision for the importance of training up their people in the ways of God – through gospel depth, holy pursuit, and biblical growth. Apart from this understanding, the leader is not really leading their people anywhere worth going.

Aaron Halvorsen
Aaron Halvorsen
Enrollment Counselor for the Doctor of Ministry Program
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503.517.1868

Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Cleveland, OH, but grew up in Spokane, WA and have spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

My training at Western has absolutely given me a broader perspective of the Lord and His Church, and at the same time grounded me in essential and central truths of the faith. I have not only had some of my thinking challenged or stripped away if need be, I have also had some foundation laid in areas of my thinking and practice that were lacking. Furthermore, with my apprenticeship at Trinity Church on campus, I have gained invaluable experience and insight regarding the work of the pastor and church planter.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

After completing the M.Div. program, my hope and plan is to serve in pastoral ministry and obtain further formal education; likely pursuing a Th.M. and possibly a doctoral degree somewhere down the line.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?And what's the best vacation spot you've ever been to or want to go to?

Having already been to Israel with Western's Israel Study Program, my next on the list would be to tour in Italy and Greece. I also hope to one day spend a Christmas in New York with my wife, and I would love to go to a few Stanley Cup Finals games (preferably in Colorado).

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Without a doubt the movie I've seen the most is The Transformers: The Movie. Not the recent Michael Bay abominations, but the original cartoon complete with cheesy 80's rock and dated animation.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

I wanted to stay in the Northwest and wanted a school that is firmly rooted in the Gospel and the Word, and that provides a range of perspectives while still holding to this center. I also wanted to attend a seminary that seeks to produce preachers of the Word of God and capable pastors of the local church. After several years here I can say that I am in the right place!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Of course there is little free time these days, but when I do have some down time I generally find myself relaxing with my wife, usually reading or watching comedies.

What's your favorite quote?

There are few more quotable than George Whitefield - “Let my name be forgotten, let me be trodden under the feet of all men, if Jesus may thereby be glorified.” Those are words to live by.

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

Obviously my family has been hugely influential, but aside from them I have had the great fortune of crossing paths with many excellent church leaders and pastors. It has been hugely helpful for me to glean insight from a variety of good men, specifically a few pastors in Spokane and some of the pastors/professors here at the Seminary. For that I am eternally grateful.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

I think many aspiring leaders and pastors simply don't know what they don't know. To say it another way, we all have blind spots in our vision, and seminary is the perfect environment to gain wisdom and insight from men and women who have walked the road for a while and know the twists and turns ahead. I believe seminary training to be an essential tool for alerting church leaders to their blind spots, grounding them in the word of God, and building their ministerial skills. There is no greater place to have misconceptions challenged and gifts affirmed, both of which I believe are necessary for men and women seeking to lead in ministry. We need to be humbled and at the same time build a confidence in the Lord's ability to work through us, and I believe seminary training can provide this in spades, especially when coupled with activity in a healthy local church!

Karen Hedinger
Karen Hedinger
Enrollment Counselor for Doctor of Intercultural Studies Program
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503.517.1904

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Where are you originally from?

Cleveland, Ohio

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

I benefited from gleaning from my husband's DMiss courses. (We have been missionaries for over 20 years.)

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

n/a (yet)

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

Israel

What is your favorite movie of all time?

I don't really have an all time favorite, but I like Driving Miss Daisy. (I'm not a big movie fan)

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

I'm actually working here, but my husband came in 1999 for the DMiss program because it came highly recommended.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Music, exercise, read, visit with people.

What's your favorite quote?

Prov. 14:4a “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty” Life is messy.

Besides Jesus, who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

My husband

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

If both professor and student desire spiritual transformation, studying God's Word in deeper ways can help bring that transformation about. Seminary training has also given us tools that we have used to present the truths of God's Word more effectively.

San Jose Campus

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Phone: 408.356.6889
Toll-Free: 877.900.6889
Fax: 408.358.2907
Address: 469 El Camino Real, Suite 205
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Muna Farhat
Muna Farhat
Outreach and Enrollment Counselor
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408.356.6889 x407

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Where are you originally from?

First generation Jordanian, born and raised in San Jose, CA.

How have you benefitted from your training at Western?

Western has been such a source of blessings. Every day at Western, I am reminder of God's goodness and grace. The staff, professors and students here are so genuine and full of God's love. The positive atmosphere carries into the classes. It is refreshing to be in a classroom with students who love the Lord and professors who take the time to teach us how to integrate our faith with the material.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

My goal, calling, dream, aspiration in life is to touch lives through the experiences of my brokenness, healing and life in Christ. I desire to reach broken people and help them reach their restoration through Christ. With a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, I will obtain the skills I need and develop a deeper understanding of how to listen and advise those seeking help.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

Best vacation? Definitely Costa Rica for my honeymoon. We split-up our time to see their rainforest, costal area, and city. The country is beautiful and we really enjoy being able to both relax and explore. Now that I'm full-time student, an island where I can soak up some sun and relax sounds amazing!

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Pride and Prejudice, not the recent version, but the full 6 hour BBC movie. It's safe to say, I have the movie memorized.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I really enjoy being adventurous with my husband, Mark, by finding new places to eat and activities to do under the California sun.

What's your favorite quote?

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming." – Dory from Finding Nemo

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

My family and husband. But, in particular my parents. My parents are supportive and encouraging with every aspect. They taught me the importance of prayer first and to trust God in every life situation because we serve a gracious and loving Father.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

We live in a broken world and I believe to be a true source of light, hope and healing we need to be grounded in the world of God. Especially being a counselor, we will hear things that are ugly, sad and burdensome. Having a strong foundation in the Word is critical, to know that we serve a big God that is bigger than any problem or addictions.

    1. Western has been such a source of blessings. Every day at Western, I am reminder of God’s goodness and grace. The staff, professors and students here are so genuine and full of God’s love. The positive atmosphere carries into the classes. It is refreshing to be in a classroom with students who love the Lord and professors who take the time to teach us how to integrate our faith with the material.
Tom Olsen
Tom Olsen
Enrollment Team Leader
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408.356.6889 x403

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Where are you originally from?

I was born in Carmichael, CA. So, I guess that makes me a Native of California.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

I would love to take my wife to Europe, walk the cobbled streets and sip a delicious espresso.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

This is hard to answer because there are so many great ones. Although, I would have to say, Les Misérables.

What do you like to do in your free time?

When I have free time, I enjoy being outdoors with my wife and children. We enjoy exploring the beautiful life everywhere around us. I also enjoy taking long coastal rides on my motorcycle.

What's your favorite quote?

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" ~Albert Einstein

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

To name just one, would in fact, diminish all others.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

I would argue that seminary is important and necessary. Someone who is naturally talented is effective, but the person who humbles his or herself under the authority of leadership, will be both effective and learned.

Sacramento Campus

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Phone: 916.488.3720
Toll-Free: 800.250.7030
Fax: 916.488.3735
Address: 290 Technology Way, Ste. 200,
Rocklin, CA 95765  
Justine Chacon
Justine Chacon
Outreach and Enrollment Counselor
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916.488.3720 x301

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Where are you originally from? 

Mars. Just kidding; Lodi, California, where I still am. Except when I’m here, which is increasingly more than I am there. Not on Mars, in Lodi.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

By learning to be the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus—healing and loving—in practical, professional ways.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing (list degree in response)?

M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy; I dream of working with marriages, specifically with couples before they say “I do.”
If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?  On an expedition to Scotland to look for the Loch Ness Monster.

What is your favorite movie of all time? 

The Phantom of the Opera!

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

I just knew right from the beginning. Everyone encouraged me to look around, and I did (sorta), but I just felt God leading me here. He caused everything to work out.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Go adventure with my future hubby and best friend, Joel.

What's your favorite quote?

Oh gosh…any from the TV show “Boy Meets World.” I can’t pick one!!!

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. She is my hero.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

Believers are called to serve and love in the broken places—that’s EXACTLY where Jesus always is—and for some, God uses seminary to give them the tools and skills for where He’s going to send them.

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Where are you originally from?

Muskego, WI (suburb of Milwaukee).

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

Western has added a wealth of knowledge and practicality to how I be and do ministry. I graduated with my B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee so I didn’t have a vast amount of instruction in terms of ministry preparation and application. I now have enhanced my gifts and skill set in order to better lead and shepherd others and be a much more effective preacher and teacher of the Word.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing (list degree in response)?

Being enrolled in the Master of Divinity/M.A. in Marital Family Therapy dual degree program will aid me in moving towards my goal of running a counseling center within the walls of a church. I hope for this to also be a crucial resource for neighboring communities.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

Jamaica, Hawaii, Tahiti, and there’s a bunch of different locations in Europe I would love to travel through.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

I’m not sure I have one. Typically, it would be any movie I can pull some theological themes out of.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

A close friend of mine lives in California’s central valley, relatively close to the Sacramento Campus. Also, I found Western’s theological statement to be very sound and its tuition rate very reasonable comparative to other seminaries.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a movie buff, so tell me about a good movie and I’m game! I’m also a sucker for watching sports and getting out and about with friends doing pretty much whatever sounds exciting!

What's your favorite quote?

There’s a few that come to mind, but I believe this one tops it: “Grace is enough and until you understand that grace is enough, and even if you never do, grace will be enough.” – Unknown

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

So many to choose…all the people that have sacrificed for the betterment of my life: Joni, Dad & Mom, Jesus…I could go on for a while.

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

Check this; I don’t think seminary is necessary…for everyone. Training can come in all different forms. Being involved in ministry doesn’t necessarily mean having to go to seminary. If God calls you to seminary as part of your process and/or you feel this is the route you want to take than it is necessary. Educators, doctors, therapists, etc. all require some form of training; so should the minister of Christ.

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Get to know me

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Hood River, OR, but lived in the Grand Coulee Dam area of eastern Washington for most of my childhood and adolescence. I then lived in the Portland, OR metro area for college and first years of married life, then moved to Tacoma, WA where I have lived for eight years with my wife and three kids. So, I guess you could say I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest.

How have you benefited from your training at Western?

Western has given me essential tools of the gospel to bring to bear on the culture, such that I have stronger analytical 'eyes' for the worldview of this age, a deeper affectionate heart for Jesus, a passion for Scripture and a greater awareness of the brokenness of a world that desperately needs the hope of Jesus. Because of this, I am so thankful for the training I received at Western.

What do you want to do with the degree program you are pursuing?

I graduated with a Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology (now the MABTS). I hope to utilize my training in this to help advance the mission of Jesus through teaching sound biblical theology with a robust gospel-centered missional thrust, both in the local church and in a para-church educational context.

If you could have an all-expense paid vacation, where would you go?

I would do a tour of Europe with my wife (who loves traveling!) to explore my German roots, swim in the Mediterranean, enjoy the bread and wine of Italy and visit the sites of renowned theologians and philosophers.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

I'm an old-school classics guy, so first would be "It's a Wonderful Life". The second would be "Casablanca". Both feature two of Hollywood's greatest actors – Jimmy Stewart and Humphrey Bogart.

What made you decide to come to Western Seminary?

I was very interested in Christian academia at the time, and desiring to continue further with a Ph.D. at some point in the future. I was also encouraged by a friend who was a current student at the time. Plus, I heard great things about the teaching and faculty at Western.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to read classic fiction, especially 18th and 19th century stuff; watch a good film and analyze the message and worldview assumptions, play guitar and sing, jog, spend time with my family outdoors; go on dates with my beautiful bride.

What's your favorite quote?

There are too many to pick one favorite, but here's one that caught my eye a while ago: "You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again." –Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

It speaks of the gospel that, in Christ, everything we once held onto for our salvation and identity is being ripped away, and we are free to live a new life – all because of the Son of God who died and was robbed of everything for our sake.

Who has had a powerful influence in your life (living or non-living)?

Keith Green – 1970s Jesus Movement songwriter, evangelist and prophetic voice

Why do you think seminary training is necessary?

I believe it is necessary for a few reasons: First, if you're called to make disciples, you need training to learn the tools of the gospel. Seminary will provide you with the tools you need to make disciples and further the mission of Jesus. Second, you need to be trained along with a community of learners with whom you can dialogue, grow and pursue greater theological understanding and practice in ministry. Lastly, seminary provides you with amazing practitioners who love Jesus and his church, who are constant learners themselves of the gospel and who are passionate about teaching. For that reason alone, why would you not want to spend time with them?! Seminary provides you with all this, and much more!

 

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