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Calvin Theological Seminary

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Established  1876
Academic staff  35
Total enrollment  274 (2010)
President  Julius Medenblik
Phone  +1 800-388-6034
Motto  My heart I offer to you, Lord, promptly and sincerely
Type  Private Christian graduate school
Affiliation  Christian Reformed Church
Address  3233 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA
Hours  Closed now Monday8AM–5PMTuesday8AM–5PMWednesday8AM–5PMThursday8AM–5PMFriday8AM–5PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosed
Undergraduate tuition and fees  12,903 USD (2011), International tuition: 11,730 USD (2011)
Notable alumni  Cornelius Van Til, Louis Berkhof, Geerhardus Vos, Herman Hoeksema, Lewis B Smedes
Similar  Calvin College, Compass College of Cinemati, Cornerstone University, Westminster Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary

Calvin theological seminary called to serve

Calvin Theological Seminary is a seminary affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, and closely tied to Calvin College, though each institution has its own board. Rev. Julius Medenblik is currently president of the school.



The seminary primarily prepares students for ordained ministry within the denomination through the Master of Divinity degree, but also grants master's degrees (M.A., M.T.S.) in other subjects including worship, education, missions, and theological studies.

The seminary also offers a Th.M. with concentrations in Old Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Philosophical and Moral Theology, Pastoral Care, Church Polity and Administration, Preaching, Worship, Educational Ministry, and Missions, as well as the Ph.D. degree in historical, systematic, and philosophical theology, and in ethics.

In addition to formal degrees, the seminary offers continuing education, including courses that are open to visitors, lectures, book discussion groups, and conferences for clergy and those in the community.


The seminary was founded in 1876 with the purpose of preparing ministers for the Christian Reformed Church. Originally it met on Spring Street in Grand Rapids, but in 1892 it was moved to Madison Avenue and Franklin Street. In 1917 it made the move to the Franklin Street location. It began holding classes on the Knollcrest Campus, its current location, in 1960.

In 1894 the seminary began to offer eight literary courses for the preparation for seminary studies. In 1900 these courses were expanded and made open to non-seminary students. The school enrolled its first four female students in 1901. In 1908 the school expanded to include a full four years of high school education and two years of college, and in 1914 this was expanded to three years. In 1919 and 1920 respectively, a college president and a fourth year of college education were added, which led to the formation of Calvin College.

Previous Presidents

  • Geert Egberts Boer
  • Louis Berkhof
  • Samuel Volbeda
  • Rienk B. Kuiper
  • John H. Kromminga
  • James A. De Jong
  • Cornelius Plantinga
  • Notable alumni and faculty

  • Louis Berkhof
  • Clarence Bouma
  • Herman Hoeksema
  • James Kennedy, professor of the history of the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam
  • Barend Klaas Kuiper, professor of history, who was dismissed after watching a movie.
  • Rienk Kuiper
  • Richard Muller
  • James Olthuis
  • Cornelius Plantinga
  • Lewis Smedes
  • John Stek
  • Cornelius Van Til
  • Geerhardus Vos
  • References

    Calvin Theological Seminary Wikipedia