North Park Theological Seminary

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North Park Theological Seminary is a seminary located in the North Park neighborhood of the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is the sole graduate theological school of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The institution's academic programs include a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Christian Formation, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, and various certificate programs.[1] The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.[2]

History and Distinctives[edit]

The Evangelical Covenant Church was formed by Swedish immigrants with roots in the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden, and was originally known as the Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant of America. Theological education for Swedish immigrants was first assumed by the Swedish department of the Chicago Theological Seminary, but soon the Covenant wanted a school its own. In 1891, the Covenant established a school in Minneapolis; three years later, this school was moved to its present location in Chicago.

A view of the heart of North Park's campus.

The Seminary shares a campus with North Park University, the denomination's liberal arts college. The Seminary's main building, Nyvall Hall, is named after David Nyvall. David Nyvall was instrumental in the formation of the school and served the school as professor and president for many years.

Though retaining some of its Swedish roots, North Park Theological Seminary is now a multi-ethnic institution that fully supports women in ministry. A majority of students study at North Park to serve ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church, but the student body includes representatives from various Protestant Christian denominations.

[3]==Notable Alumni and Faculty==

  • Robert L. Hubbard, Jr - Old Testament Scholar and Author.
  • Klyne Snodgrass - New Testament Scholar and Author.
  • Wilfredo De Jesús - Pastor, New Life Ministries, Chicago, IL. One of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2013.
  • Soong Chan Rah - Urban Ministry and Evangelism Scholar and Author.
  • G. Timothy Johnson - Medical Journalist.
  • Dr. F. Burton Nelson - Author, Bonhoeffer Historian, Professor, Advocate for Jew-Christian Dialogue

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