Why Western Seminary?
Our world is desperate for a future in which the Church is alive and growing.
Founded in 1927, Western Seminary has held an uncompromising commitment to train Christians to guide and strengthen God’s Church, transforming the world with His Gospel. Our students become pastors, counselors, chaplains, coaches, educators, and missionaries who are marked by ministry effectiveness and profound love for Jesus. They train with us because we focus on trustworthy and accessible training for gospel-centered transformation -- and here's exactly what that means:
We’re a theologically conservative graduate school that promotes true innovation and humility in ministry practice. The Bible is God’s inerrant Word and we set it at the center of our curriculum in the belief that faith and practice must be driven by principled interpretation and integration of the Scriptures. Our faculty is made up of practitioners who teach out of this conviction, drawing from years of experience to equip their students.
Convenient course scheduling allows students to train in the midst of family, career, and ministry commitments without the need to relocate. Some study online using our custom built Integr@te system, while others train at campuses in Portland, San Jose, and Sacramento. Some will do both. We’re always looking for new ways to train people who aren’t waiting for graduation day to get involved in ministry. And we offer merit-based and need-based financial aid to make seminary training more affordable.
Nothing changes lives like the Gospel. More than just salvation, it promises to transform the way that we spend lives in service to the Lord. This is why the Gospel is at the core of curriculum in all Western classes—not only Bible or theology classes. Our students become part of a movement to restoring the Gospel to a place of centrality in the churches and communities where they serve.