Wesley Seminary

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Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University
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Established 2009
Religious affiliation Wesleyan Church
President Dr. David Wright
Dean Dr. Ken Schenck
Academic staff 11
Admin. staff 5
Students 275
Location United States Marion, IN, USA
Seminary Vice-President Dr. Wayne Schmidt
Website seminary.indwes.edu

Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian theological seminary affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination that is also associated with Indiana Wesleyan University and located on its campus in Marion, Indiana.

History[edit]

In 2008, IWU administrators and the Board of Trustees endorsed the concept of the seminary and set aside funding for it. On April 3, 2009 the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposal after the seminary was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The seminary opened for the fall 2009 semester.[1] On June 20, 2012 Wesley Seminary was admitted as an Associate Member of the Association of Theological Schools.[2]

On October 2, 2009, during IWU's Homecoming Chapel, university president Dr. Henry Smith announced that the Board of Trustees had officially voted to name the seminary Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and had chosen Dr. Wayne Schmidt to be the seminary's first Vice President.[3]

Wesley is the first officially affiliated seminary in the history of the Wesleyan Church, which is one of the only evangelical denominations that does not currently require pastors to hold a seminary degree for ordination. Currently, only about 15 percent of Wesleyan pastors have seminary degrees. Denominational leaders hope the new seminary will double that number.[4]

Wesley will eventually have its own building on campus, after the University received a substantial donation from the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby corporation. Until the new building is complete, the Noggle Christian Ministries Center will house the seminary, along with the undergraduate School of Theology and Ministry. On April 12, 2012, the cornerstone for the new $7 million Wesley Seminary building was laid and is scheduled to be completed by September 2013.[5]

Accreditation[edit]

Wesley Seminary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also an Associate Member of the Association of Theological Schools and has begun the accreditation process with ATS.[6]

Academics[edit]

The seminary currently offers an innovative Master of Divinity degree program, along with other graduate theology degrees, offered in on-site and online formats.[7]

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) 75 hours
  • Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.) with two concentration options (Ministerial Leadership or Youth Ministry) 36 hours

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