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Westminster Seminary California

Westminster Seminary California
School typePrivate, graduate, theological seminary
PresidentJoel Kim[1]

Westminster Seminary California is a Reformed and Presbyterian Christian graduate educational institution located 25 miles north of San Diego, California, United States, in Escondido. It was initially a branch campus of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia until 1982 when it became fully independent. It currently has thirteen full-time faculty members and enrolls approximately 155 full-time students.[2]

History and ecclesiastical affiliation

Westminster Seminary California was founded in 1979 and welcomed its first students in the fall of 1980. It is a multi-denominational seminary in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition, with close relationships with several denominations, including the Presbyterian Church in America, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, United Reformed Churches in North America and Korean-American Presbyterian Church.

The WSC campus also hosts the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, which provides theological training for the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America.[3][4]

Academics and accreditation

Westminster Seminary is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges [5] and was first accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada in 1997.[2] The seminary currently offers a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies, Historical Theology, and Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity degree.[citation needed]

Notable faculty

Past and present notable faculty members include:

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ a b "ATS Member Directory". Association of Theological Schools. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies". Westminster Seminary California. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  4. ^ Melton, J. Gordon (2003). Encyclopedia of American Religions. Gale. p. 558. ISBN 0-7876-6384-0.
  5. ^ "WASC Member Directory". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved 6 December 2010.

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