Western Seminary + Creekside Christian Church

Church History: Luther to Now, Summer 2021

creekside university logo 300x246Gospel-centered transformation is the aim of our ministry at Western Seminary. That's why we put professors like Dr. David Nystrom in the classroom with students who long to bring spiritual renewal to churches like Creekside Church in Elk Grove, CA. We hope you will join us this summer for a unique opportunity to take a Western Seminary class through Zoom.

A six-session course will be taught at Creekside Christian Church as part of their Creekside University summer series in June and July. Anyone can register for those sessions through Creekside University. However, you can also choose to audit an advanced version of the class and get to "sit-in" on a seminary course to enhance your biblical knowledge and ministry skills. Auditors sit in on the Zoom class as observers, allowing students to take precedence in speaking, asking questions, and engaging directly with the professor during class (auditors are welcome to reach out at other times).

Course Description

CH501Y — This course highlights the history of the Church from the Protestant Reformation to the present. We will focus on: (1) the Church’s people who, as saints and sinners, have been the flesh and blood of its history; (2) the Church’s doctrine which has developed throughout its history; (3) the Church’s writings which have exerted a tremendous impact on its history; and (4) the Church’s movements which have comprised the ebb and flow, the progress and regress, of its history. We will also consider what the past can contribute to the present, seeking to learn lessons from the history of the Church for our own lives, ministries, doctrines and churches.

Meets every other Monday, May 10 through July 26


Register for Audit

5:30 - 9:30PM


This is the perfect option if you want to experience a full seminary class. Don't worry, you don't have to do the homework, but you sit in on the full experience as a student! Cost is $280.


When you click the button above, you are registering as a "student" at Western and need to set up an account with us (don't worry, no application or references are needed). If you are not techy and are confused at all, please call 916-488-3720 x312 or x307. We would love to walk you through the process. Step by step instruction is available that should help. You will know you are registered once you receive an invitation to the Online Classroom (which will be live in late April to early May).

Course Syllabus

Download the Church History: Luther to Today Syllabus.


About David Nystrom 

David Nystrom is a faculty member at Western Seminary Sacramento Campus, located just north of Sacramento in Rocklin, CA. As a native son of Northern California, Dr. Nystrom is no stranger to the Sacramento community. He lives in Auburn with his wife and daughter, in proximity to relatives, friends, and a network of churches who have been touched by his influence. 

David Nystrom

His experience in real-world ministry is part of what makes Dr. Nystrom such a valuable asset to the Church. He spent his formative ministry years serving in youth and college pastor roles with local churches, during which time he was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church. His role within that denomination grew in scope and influence over the years, as an ex officio member of the Executive Council of the Covenant Denomination, a consultant on matters pertaining to Christian Education, church planting and spiritual formation, and as Theologian in Residence for the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant church (preaching and teaching at local churches and mentoring their pastors). 

Read more about Dr. Nystrom, hear him speak, and learn how to leverage him for your ministry.