Westminster Theological Seminary

This article is about the Presbyterian seminary. For the United Methodist seminary formerly located in Westminster, MD, see Wesley Theological Seminary.
Not to be confused with Westminster Theological Centre.
Westminster Theological Seminary
Motto in English
The whole counsel of God[1]
Type Private
Established 1929
President Peter Lillback
Students 560 (2015)
Location Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Suburban
(Glenside, Pennsylvania, and London, UK)
Website Westminster Theological Seminary

Westminster Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate educational institution located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, with a satellite location in London, England. It has had an influence on evangelicalism far beyond its size.[2]


J. Gresham Machen Memorial Hall

Westminster Theological Seminary was formed in 1929, largely under the leadership and funding of J. Gresham Machen.[3] Though independent, it has long had a close relationship with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which Machen helped found in 1936. The first president of the Seminary was Edmund Clowney, who served from 1966 until 1984. He was followed by George C. Fuller and Samuel T. Logan. In 1982, the California branch of Westminster became an independent institution, Westminster Seminary California, and in 2009 the Dallas, Texas branch was established as Redeemer Theological Seminary. The current president is Peter Lillback, who also serves as a professor of Historical Theology.[4]

Westminster was accredited in 1986 by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada[5] and received accreditation in 1954 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[6]

Theological position

All trustees and faculty members are required to affirm their agreement with the theological perspective presented in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, the core doctrinal statements of many Presbyterian denominations.[7]

Courses and publications

The Seminary currently offers the following degrees: Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministry; Counseling; General Ministries), Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies; Theological Studies; General Studies), Master of Theology, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Ministry.[5][8]

Westminster publishes the semi-annual Westminster Theological Journal.[9][10]





William Edgar

Scott Oliphint

Church History

Jeffery Jue

Peter Lillback

Carl Trueman

New Testament

Gregory Beale

Vern Poythress

Brandon Crowe

Old Testament

Iain Duguid

Jonathan Gibson

Elizabeth Groves

Practical Theology

Sandy Finlayson

Kent Hughes

Timothy Witmer

Systematic Theology

David Garner

Lane Tipton

Carlton Wynne

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "The Westminster Seal". Westminster Theological Seminary. 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  2. Olson, Roger E. (2007). Pocket History of Evangelical Theology. InterVarsity Press. p. 70. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. Marsden, George M. (1995). Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 33.
  4. "Faculty Profile: Peter Lillback". Westminster Theological Seminary. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  5. 1 2 "Member Schools: Westminster Theological Seminary". Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  6. "Institution Directory: Westminster Theological Seminary". Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  7. "Board Affirmations and Denials" (PDF). Westminster Theological Seminary. 3 December 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  8. "Degree Programs". Westminster Theological Seminary. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  9. "The Westminster Theological Journal". Westminster Theological Seminary. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  10. "The Westminster Theological Journal". WorldCat. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  11. "Home - Westminster Theological Seminary". Westminster Theological Seminary. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
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