Western Theological Seminary
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|The Western Theological Seminary|
|Type||Seminary, Professional school, Graduate school|
|Religious affiliation||Reformed Church in America|
|Location||Holland, Michigan, USA|
|Designated:||March 9, 1966|
The seminary (officially named "The Western Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in America") was founded in 1866 to fill a need for theological education on the (then) western frontier of the Reformed Church in America. In its theological identity, Western Theological Seminary is ecumenical and Reformed. Western Theological Seminary prepares students for ministry often involving ordination (many in the Reformed Church in America), as well as for further graduate study, chaplaincy, missions, youth ministry, social service ministry, etc. Although WTS is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, it is ecumenical in scope and it educates students from other denominations, including but not limited to: The Christian Reformed Church, The United Church of Christ, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and The Presbyterian Church (USA).
The current president is the Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown.
In 1866, seven students were preparing to graduate from Hope College and had a call to ministry. Since they wanted to pursue their theological training in West Michigan, the solution was make a petition to the General Synod of the Reformed Church to allow for theological training through the Hope College Religion Department. Permission was granted and Western Theological Seminary was established.
The school has full accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).
Degrees offered 
- Master of Divinity
- WTS Newbigin House Distance Learning M.Div.
- Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work-Dual Track Degree
- Master of Theology
- Doctor of Ministry
- Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry
Notable graduates 
- Isaac C. Ketler, founder of Grove City College
- Norman J. Kansfield, Drew University professor
- Henry Collin Minton, scholar, minister
- Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary
- Robert H. Schuller, Christian televangelist
- Robert E. Van Voorst, scholar at Western Theological
- Richard P. Davis, Alliance to Hunger, Professor of York St. John University, Experimental Psychologist: Addictions Studies
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