Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

name = Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

established = 1948
type = Seminary
president = Douglas Fagerstrom
city = Grand Rapids
state = MI
country = USA
post grad = 4300
campus = Urban
website = []

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) of Cornerstone University [] is an evangelical Christian seminary located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GRTS is an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is authorized by the Michigan State Board of Education to grant advanced theological degrees.


Grand Rapids Theological Seminary had its humble beginnings as an evening Bible institute at Wealthy Street Baptist Church in 1941. The Bible institute became a degree granting institution in 1963 and moved to its present location in 1964. The institution became a Christian liberal arts college in 1972 and became a state-approved university in 1999. Today Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary share a convert|123|acre|km2|sing=on campus four miles (6 km) east of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The campus currently supports the undergraduate college, with programs for traditional students as well as accelerated degree programs, the graduate program including Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Asia Baptist Theological Seminary based in Singapore, and Cornerstone University Radio.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary exists primarily to advance biblical knowledge and ministry skill, to encourage the development of critical thinking and worldview formation, to nurture a global ministry perspective, and to enhance culturally relevant ministry.

Degree Programs

*Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
**"Specialization Options"
**Pastoral Ministries
**Church Planting
**Intercultural Ministries
**Youth Ministries
**Adult Ministries
**Women's Ministries
**Counseling Ministries
**Chaplaincy Ministries
*Master of Arts
*Master of Arts: Old Testament
*Master of Arts: New Testament
*Master of Arts: Historical Theology
*Master of Arts: Systematic Theology
*Master of Arts: Intercultural Ministries
*Master of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies
*Master of Arts: Counseling (licensure)
**"Cognate Options"
**Youth Ministries
**Women's Ministries
**Adult Ministries
**Biblical Studies
**Theological Studies
**Interdisciplinary Studies
*Master of Arts: Educational Ministries
**"Cognate Options"
**Youth Ministries
**Adult Ministries
**Women's Ministries
**Interdisciplinary Studies
*Master of Theology (Th.M.)
*Master of Theology: Old Testament
*Master of Theology: New Testament
*Master of Theology: Historical Theology
*Master of Theology: Systematic Theology


*Douglas L. Fagerstrom, B.A., M.A., D.Min. (President)
*JAMES M. GRIER, Th.B, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D. []
*GARY T. MEADORS, Th.B., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D
*ROBERT D. LEHMAN, B.A., M.Div., M.A., Ph.D
*JOHN I. LAWLOR, B.A., B.D., Th.M., M.Phil., Ph.D.
*DAVID L. TURNER, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D.
*MICHAEL E. WITTMER, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.

Faculty Accomplishments

;Byard J. Bennett, Assistant Professor of Historical and Philosophical Theology:Contributor to [ The Light and the Darkness: Studies in Manichaeism and its World] , published by Brill Academic Publishers;John I. Lawlor, Professor of Old Testament:Co-author of [ Madaba Plains Project 5: The 1994 Season at Tall al-'Umayri] , published by Andrews University Press;David A. Livermore, Assistant Professor of Intercultural Ministries:Author of [ Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence] , published by Baker Books:Co-founder (with Steven C. Argue) of [ Intersect] , which provides Training and Coaching for Emerging Ministry Leaders Around the Globe;Gary T. Meadors, Professor of New Testament:Author of [ Decision Making God's Way: A New Model for Knowing God's Will] , published by Baker Books;David L. Turner, Professor of New Testament:Co-author (with Darrell Bock) of [ Cornerstone Commentary: The Gospel of Matthew / The Gospel of Mark] , published by Tyndale House:Author of [ Matthew: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament] , published by Baker Academic;Michael E. Wittmer, Associate Professor of Historical and Philosophical Theology:Author of [ Heaven is a Place on Earth] , published by Zondervan Currently working on "Don't Stop Believing" also with Zondervan

Adjunct Faculty

*Dwayne Adams, B.A., Th.M., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of New Testament"
*Steven C. Argue, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. Program "Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministries"
*Linda Belleville, B.M., M.A., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of New Testament"
*Philip Bustrum, B.A., M.S., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministries"
*James W. Carlson, B.A., M.A., D.Min. "Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministries"
*Don Denyes, B.A., M.A., D.Min. "Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministries"
*Douglas Fagerstrom, B.A., M.A., D.Min. "Adjunct Professor of Church Planting"
*Timothy Friesen, B.S., M.A., S. Psy.S., Psy.D. "Adjunct Professor of Counseling Ministries"
*Jim Griffith, B.S., M.Div., Th.M. "Adjunct Professor of Church Planting"
*Jeremy Grinnell, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ABD "Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology"
*Ron Hawkins, B.A., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of Church Planting"
*Gary A. Heim, B.A., M.A. "Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministries"
*Lisa Heim, B.A., M.A. "Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministries"
*Thomas Hutchison, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministries"
*Brenda King, B.A., M.R.E., M.A., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of Social Science Research"
*Douglas Mohrmann, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of New Testament"
*Bette Jo Nienhuis, B.S., M.A. "Adjunct Professor of Women's Ministries"
*F. Scott Reyburn, B.A., M.S.W., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of Counseling Ministries"
*William J. Rudd, B.A., M.Div., D.Min. "Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministries"
*Andrew Smith, B.A., M.Div., M.A. "Adjunct Professor of New Testament"
*David W. Stoner, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. "Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Ministries"
*Fred Sweet, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., MLIS, D.Min. "Adjunct Professor of Theological Research"

External links

* [ Grand Rapids Theological Seminary]

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