Why Westminster California

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Dear Prospective Students,

I am pleased that you are considering graduate theological studies and hope to provide you with any information that you may need to determine if Westminster Seminary California is the best place for you. Whether you are just beginning your seminary search or ready to make a decision, one of the most important questions you can ask of any seminary is “what sets your school apart”? I frequently have an opportunity to answer this question during my interaction with prospective students and I tell them what is most important to know about WSC is that we are committed as an institution to providing a quality education that is: Confessional, Rigorous, and Personal.


First and foremost, Westminster Seminary California is committed to the Gospel of Christ as taught by the inerrant Scriptures and as summarized in our Reformed confessions of faith. Our faculty subscribe the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Three Forms of Unity and thus are remarkably unified in their understanding of Scripture. While all of our faculty members are firmly committed to the Reformed faith and practice, our students come from a variety of geographical and ecclesiastical backgrounds. The unity of our faculty and diversity of our student body ensures an atmosphere of challenging and stimulating discussions about theology and ministry.


The heart of the WSC educational experience is our outstanding faculty. We believe that those best suited to prepare pastors for the next generation are pastors themselves, which is why our full-time faculty is made up of pastor-scholars--ordained ministers who are actively serving the church and who are also experts in their academic disciplines who are respected for their research and writing. Our rigorous theological education centers on the study of the Scriptures in their original languages, Hebrew and Greek, within the context of our confessional Protestant faith and in conversation with the catholic (i.e. universal) Christian tradition. Though we must always be careful to balance sound academics with a love and passion for Christ, His Gospel, and His Church, there is no replacement for a solid theological education.


Ministry happens face to face and we believe the best theological education does as well. We are committed to providing a traditional learning environment with quality faculty and academic resources. We value a community that fosters regular interaction between students and faculty. Our graduates regularly tell us that some of the most formative moments in their seminary experience were those spent in discussion with their fellow students. Because of our commitment to small class sizes (we currently have a 1:12 faculty-to-student ratio) students not only receive the best in graduate theological education from our faculty, but also develop formative relationships with them and receive valuable insights into the joys and struggles of ministry.

Our theology and mode of education are not innovative. These can be traced throughout our tradition from Calvin’s Geneva, to the Old Princeton Seminary and the founding of Westminster Seminary by J. Gresham Machen in 1929. It is to this mission that Westminster Seminary California has been committed for the past 30 years as we work to train the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and scholars to lead the Reformed church.

These web pages are here to answer any questions you may have as we provide a window into which you can see who we are and what we believe graduate theological education should look like. However, it is also important for you to experience firsthand what Westminster Seminary California has to offer. We invite you to come to our campus for a visit to connect with our faculty, students and staff. You can also get acquainted with our faculty and the theology they confess by downloading interviews with them, their articles, sermons and lectures at the Resource Center. Please contact me if I can help in any way.

Blessings to you as you consider your seminary options.


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Mark MacVey
Vice President for Enrollment Management