George Fox Evangelical Seminary

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George Fox Evangelical Seminary
George Fox Evangelical Seminary logo
Established 1947
Type Seminary
Postgraduates 360
Location Portland, OR, USA
45°25′40.38″N 122°44′49.05″W / 45.4278833°N 122.7469583°W / 45.4278833; -122.7469583Coordinates: 45°25′40.38″N 122°44′49.05″W / 45.4278833°N 122.7469583°W / 45.4278833; -122.7469583[1]
Campus Suburban

George Fox Evangelical Seminary is a multi-denominational, university-based school that offers a variety of master degree and postgraduate degree programs in theology and ministry, located in Portland, Oregon.

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada granted the seminary full accreditation in 1974. It remains a fully accredited member to present.[2] The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities also certifies the seminary's programs.[3]

Mission statement[edit]

George Fox Evangelical Seminary is Christ-centered, broadly-evangelical, and committed to equipping women and men holistically for local and global service.[4]

Purpose statement[edit]

George Fox Evangelical Seminary exists to develop leaders and scholars to have a transformative and prophetic influence for Jesus Christ in the church and the world. We pursue this purpose by integrating spiritual formation, history, theology, and biblical and pastoral studies, in a multicultural and ecologically-sensitive environment.


Founded in 1947 as the Western School of Evangelical Religion, the original campus was on the grounds of the Evangelical Church conference in Jennings Lodge, Oregon.

In 1951 the school became Western Evangelical Seminary (WES) and in 1993 moved to a new campus near Interstate 5 and highways 99W and 217. In 1996, WES merged with George Fox College to form George Fox University, and changed its name on January 1, 2000, to George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

The first students came from the founding denominations: the Evangelical Church of North America, Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, the Free Methodists, the Nazarenes, and the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Today, more than 35 denominations are represented in the student body.


George Fox Evangelical Seminary offers programs in both Local (Portland, OR) and Online (Hybrid) Learning Communities:[5]





  • Spiritual Formation
  • Partners in Ministry

Online and Hybrid


  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts, Spiritual Formation
  • Master of Arts, Ministry Leadership
  • Master of Arts, Intercultural Studies in partnership with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS)[6]
  • Doctor of Ministry Programs:


George Fox Evangelical Seminary presents regular seminars in their Symposium series. Former notable presenters have included: Dallas Willard, Leonard Sweet, Dan Kimball, Marva Dawn, Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, Richard Twiss, Fern Cloud, Terry LeBlanc, Randy Woodley, Maggi Dawn, Rachel Held Evans, Roger E. Olson, Scot McKnight, Joseph Myers, and Alan Hirsch.[9]


  1. ^ Geolocated with Google Earth using the street address, 12753 S.W. 68th Avenue in Portland.
  2. ^ "George Fox Evangelical Seminary (George Fox University) - The Association of Theological Schools". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "About the Seminary". About George Fox Evangelical Seminary. George Fox University. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Programs". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies - George Fox Evangelical Seminary". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Leadership and Spiritual Formation: Lead Mentor". Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Leadership and Global Perspectives: Lead Mentor". Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "George Fox Evangelical Seminary - Portland, Oregon and online - Christian Seminary on West Coast". George Fox University. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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