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Alumni Winter Refresher
Alumni Winter Refresher

WSC alumni may audit for FREE any course offered during any academic term from any degree program. For example, an alumnus who received a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree may audit courses offered within the Master of Arts in Historical Theology (MAHT) program. 

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Alumni Winter Refresher 2019

Learn, Refresh, Reconnect

Now in its sixth year, WSC’s Alumni Winter Refresher in January offers alumni a great opportunity to be spiritually, mentally, and physically refreshed by the Lord and His Word.

  • Alumni may audit for FREE* any of the one-week Winter Term courses offered during the month of January (see list below)
  • Alumni can attend the Annual Conference (“Remembering the Canons: After 400 Years”), January 18-19, and take advantage of the “early bird” registration fee by December 1st.
  • Alumni are sure to reconnect with WSC faculty and other alumni, as well as enjoy great Southern California weather — especially during January!

For more information, contact WSC by telephone (888.480.8474) or email (


* Registration for Winter Term Courses officially begins Nov. 6, but alumni may register earlier. Registration runs through the starting date of each course. To register, please choose one of the following options:

  1. Download, Print, Complete and Mail the Audit Registration Form to:
    Westminster Seminary California
    ℅ Mr. Drew Oliver
    1725 Bear Valley Pkwy
    Escondido, CA 92027-4128
  2. Download, Print, Complete, Scan and Email the Audit Registration Form to Drew Oliver at Please make sure to write "ALUMNI" next to your name. 

Course List | Winter Term 2019


1 Credit | Jan. 8-11, Tues.-Fri. 1:30-4:30 PM, Room 4 | Mr. Gilmore
This course provides an introduction to “cultural hermeneutics” and methods of interpreting the patterns of everyday life in which congregants dwell. The instruction aims to equip future pastors with various principles and approaches for maintaining a rich, ongoing and multi-dimensional perspective concerning the cultural context in which their congregations are situated. In addition to examining the role of commerce and consumer behavior in shaping culture, particular attention will be focused on how the structure of designed spaces (via the practice of architecture), the drama of daily living (using models of theatre), and the substance of experiences (as expressions of value) shape the patterns of everyday existence. (This course can be used to fulfill the 1-credit Missions elective requirement for PT511).


1 Credit | Jan. 22-25, Tues.-Fri. 1:30-4:30 PM, Room 4Dr. Fesko 
A historical survey of the origins, development, and reception of the covenant works from the Inter-testamental period to the 20th century in the Reformed tradition. 


1 Credit | Jan. 15-31, Tues. & Thurs. 8:00-10:00 AM, Room 5 | Dr. Baugh
This course presumes the work of Greek II and includes further introduction to Greek syntax and vocabulary and introduces Greek exegetical skills through reading of selected passages in the Greek New Testament. Prereq., NT401 or placement by examination. 


1 Credit | Jan. 15-18, Tues.-Fri. 1:30-4:30 PM, Room 4 | Mr. Brennan 
Over the last thirty years, a significant number of NT scholars have independently argued for an early and explosive emergence of belief in the divinity of Jesus amongst the earliest Christians. The work of this group of scholars, sometimes referred to as the Early High Christology Club (EHCC), stands in contrast to other positions which have either seen evidence for the divinity of Christ in the NT as slim, or as the product of late development through extraneous pagan influence. This course will consist of four main parts seeking: 1) to evaluate the proposals of some of the leading EHCC scholars (e.g. Bauckham, Hurtado, Tilling et al) about how Jesus’ divinity is communicated by NT authors, 2) to propose a refined model that draws on their work, 3) to survey some of the different ways the NT writers witness to the divinity of Christ and 4) to explore how the Son’s depiction as divine in the NT relates to other key areas of NT theology, in particular, soteriology. Coreq. NT402 

OT401 HEBREW II, Sec. 1

1 Credit | Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Wed. & Fri. 8:00-10:00 AM, Room 5Dr. Telfer 
Continuation of grammar and vocabulary study. Prereq., OT400 or placement by examination. 

OT401 HEBREW II, Sec. 2

1 Credit | Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Wed. & Fri. 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Room 5 |Dr. Telfer
Continuation of grammar and vocabulary study. Prereq., OT400 or placement by examination. 


2 Credits | Jan. 8-11, Tues.-Fri. 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, Chapel| Dr. Poirier 
An introduction to the pastor’s unique role as a counselor of God’s Word. This course covers a brief history of pastoral counseling, the necessity of equipping the laity of the local church for effective change, the dynamics of biblical change, issues concerning the relationship between body and soul, counseling methodology, and the application of biblical and theological truth to people’s common problems in living, such as guilt, fear/worry, anger, depression, and habitual sin. 


3 Credits | Jan. 8-25, Tues.-Fri. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Room 1 | Mr. Pettengill 
An introduction to the theology and practice of the communication of the Gospel to unconverted persons, both within our own cultural contexts and among diverse people groups throughout the world. The first three weeks will focus on general evangelism. The fourth unit of this course will be fulfilled by taking either AP623 or PT626. 


1 Credit | Jan. 29-Feb 1, Tues.-Fri. 1:30-4:30 PM , Room 4 | Mr. Crum
Presenting the living Savior to our neighbors to the south. Topics covered will include a history of Tijuana, cultural and religious distinctives of the border city in particular, Mexico in general, and strategies for effective evangelism. (This course can be used to fulfill the 1-credit Missions elective requirement for PT511) 


Rev. Alfred Poirier
Dr. Poirier serves as Support Pastor of Rocky Mountain Community Church (PCA) in Billings, Montana. He has pastored churches over the past 25 years in San Diego, California, and Eugene, Oregon. He has served for over ten years as Chairman of the Board of Peacemaker Ministries and continues to actively teach Christians in biblical peacemaking and Christian ethics both in the United States and abroad, including Britain, Italy, Austria, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh.

Dr. Ted Powers
Ted Powers is Mission to North America’s Church Planting Coordinator, a role he has had since June 2002. Ted was previously a church planter/pastor in Downers Grove, IL, Christ Presbyterian Church was planted in February 1987. In his role as Church Planting Coordinator, Ted spends a great deal of time in the areas of vision-building, prayer mobilization, strategic planning with church planters, recruiting, training, and mentoring. He also oversees staff in the area of coaching, recruiting and church renewal.

Ted is the recipient of a Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2000, presenting a dissertation topic on church planting apprenticeships. The model he devised for that program is currently in use in a variety of settings in the PCA and elsewhere. Ted's Master of Divinity degree is from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan.

Ted and his wife, Ann, were married in 1978. They have one daughter, Elizabeth.