History and Mission of NWTS
Northwest Theological Seminary (NWTS) is a graduate level
institution of education formally organized on September 15,
2000 in Lynnwood, Washington. The organizational meeting was
the culmination of a concerted effort to bring a new Reformed
theological seminary to the Pacific Northwest in order to
educate laypersons and ministerial candidates in the effective
analysis and use of the Scriptures. The specific emphases
of Northwest Theological Seminary would be biblical theology
in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos; presuppositional apologetics
in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til; and orthodox confessionalism
in the classic Calvinistic tradition. After a year of prayer
and preparation by the Board of Directors, faculty, staff,
students and numerous supporters, Northwest Theological Seminary
opened its doors at the facilities of Lynnwood Orthodox Presbyterian
Church in Lynnwood, Washington on September 4, 2001.
The education of Northwest Theological
Seminary is built on the following principles: the inerrancy
of the Bible, the centrality of Christ, the biblical-theological
method of teaching the Word of God, the presuppositional apologetics
of Cornelius Van Til, the orthodox confessionalism of the
classical Calvinistic tradition; and Reformed presbyterianism.
Our doctrine is firmly founded in the Bible and classic (orthodox)
Presbyterian canons (the Westminster Standards and the Three
Forms of Unity).
Northwest Theological Seminary offers
two programs of study: the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
and the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.).
The M.Div. is a 3-year program which equips qualified men
pursuing ordination with the necessary preaching and teaching
skills and knowledge to begin their ministry. This program
is distinctively focused on the Scriptural basis and methods
of effective preaching as well as all aspects of the pastorate
such as teaching, counseling, church management and conflict
resolution. Along with these distinct aspects of pastoral
training, M.Div. students are required to learn methodology
of Scriptural analysis and exegesis in the original languages,
church history and biblical and systematic theology.
The M.T.S. is a 2–year program
which presents a rigorous curriculum covering all aspects
of Scriptural analysis and exegetical work in the original
languages as well as church history, and biblical and systematic
theology. Students in this degree program will be prepared
for teaching the Bible at many different levels in Christian
and biblical education.
Northwest Theological Seminary also offers
classes on an Audit basis. Auditors may take classes without
academic credit for a nominal one-time fee. Ministers and
laypersons who would like to learn more about the Scriptures,
Presbyterian church history, Greek and Hebrew (as pertains
to Biblical analysis) and other spiritually enriching classes
are able to take NWTS classes on this audit basis. We encourage
the community to come and learn more about the Word of God
through this method.
Northwest Theological Seminary is a 501(c)(3)
federally tax-exempt educational institution for religious
education. NWTS is licensed to operate in Washington state
as a theological seminary and authorized to confer the Master
of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degrees by the
Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board.