Fall 2014 Update

Exciting things are happening at NTS West, as we have just begun the start of our Fall 2014 classes! Classes will continue to start throughout September and October, and will meet at various times and locations. Interested in getting started with us in the spring of 2015? Be on the lookout for more DISCOVERY events coming your way in November!

Epiphany – Celebrating the Manifestation of God With Us

Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season, and in the global church, our Orthodox brothers and sisters have just observed Epiphany — and so we all now move into the rhythm of this next phase of the church year and its accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. The traditional story of the magi that marks Epiphany heralds the glory of God coming into the world — overcoming our darkness — and this is the good news we bring with us into this new year! This story in Mathew’s gospel of the magi following a star that leads them to the Christ child  is so beloved around the world — as one of our trustees, Dr. Jane Atkins Vasquez — author and church history professor — observes: Epiphany falls on January 6, or “12th Night”, and is observed as the main Christmas celebration in many places.  It is a feast Continue Reading

New Relationship with New York Theological Seminary

        NTS West is pleased to announce a cooperative relationship with New York Theological Seminary.  Our students will be able to cross-register for selective online classes taught by its outstanding faculty.  For each online class, we anticipate the NYTS professor will meet with NTS West students in Southern California for an extended session near the beginning of the semester. New York Theological Seminary is located in the heart of New York City where it has provided dynamic and transformative theological education for many years.  

Korean Advisory Group Forms

In February, conversations with Korean church leaders led to the formation of a Korean ministry advisory group chaired by Joseph Kang.  Many ideas were exchanged, and the seminary will be working closely with this advisory group to address ministry education needs in the Southern California Korean church community.

Consultation with Bill Robinson

On January 9, 2013, San Marino Community Church hosted the seminary leadership and Dr. Bill Robinson, President of Whitworth University for 17 years.  Dr. Robinson led a dynamic consultation with the board of trustees and later that day with an invited group of educators and church leaders — exploring prevailing assumptions about higher education and encouraging development of a different model of education for the church of the future — a model that focuses on passion for ministry.  We look forward to consulting with Dr. Robinson as we move forward!