Portland Seminary

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Portland Seminary
Portland Seminary logo.jpg
Former name
George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Parent institution
George Fox University
DeanRoger Nam[1]
Location, ,
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[2]

Portland Seminary at George Fox University is a multi-denominational, university-based school that offers a variety of master's 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.[3] The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities also certifies the seminary's programs.[4]

Mission statement[edit]

Portland Seminary is Christ-centered, broadly-evangelical, and committed to equipping women and men holistically for local and global service.[5]

Purpose statement[edit]

Portland 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.[6]


2014 commencement ceremony

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 and in 1993 moved to a new campus near Interstate 5 and highways 99W and 217. In 1996, Western Evangelical Seminary merged with George Fox College to form George Fox University and changed its name to George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2000. On January 9, 2017, the seminary changed its name to Portland Seminary.[7]

The first students came from these 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.


Portland Seminary offers programs both in-person in Portland, Oregon and online:[8]



  • Spiritual Direction Certificate
  • Spiritual Direction Supervisor Certificate
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Certificate


  1. ^ https://www.georgefox.edu/seminary/faculty/index.html
  2. ^ Geolocated with Google Earth using the street address, 12753 S.W. 68th Avenue in Portland.
  3. ^ "Portland Seminary of George Fox University". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ "History". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ "About the Seminary". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "About the Seminary". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Why did we become Portland Seminary?". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Programs". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics and Future Studies". Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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