Centennial News

Check back often to read stories about graduates and to learn more about the past 100 years at Northern Seminary.

Living Out Missional Faith: Mattie's Story 2/4/2014

Reaching the lost and spreading the good news has been at the center of Mattie Phillips life in ministry for nearly 20 years. Starting in 1986 Mattie formed the Jesus Word Center Life Changing Ministries with the desire to serve and save the ... read more

Living Out Missional Faith: Dan's Story 2/4/2014

Some ministers identify a call to full-time vocational ministry very early in life, but this was not the case for Dan Martinson.  Though a committed Christian from a young age, Dan's earliest career aspirations were in the music field. ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Brett Smith's Story 1/6/2014

Brett Smith discovered his calling into ministry shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1987.  While working with young adults he found himself, as a relatively new believer, being called to serve and influence young ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Lina and Wilson Herrera's Story 1/6/2014

Wilson and Lina Herrera have been serving as missionaries in a foreign country for nearly 20 years.  They serve many needs in this country, including focused support for young adults and pastors in a developing church context.  This needy ... read more

Campus Development and Innovation: The Fourth 25 Years 9/12/2013

As Northern moved into the 1980s and 1990s, it began to look at how it could redevelop its campus and improve its leadership position among evangelicals in North America. The fourth 25 years are marked by a number of campus development initiatives ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Deb McKinney's Story 9/9/2013

What does it mean to form a church without members?  This question puzzled Deb McKinney for over 20 years before she finally discovered the answer, and this period of waiting, as Deb recalls it, was not always easy or comfortable.  ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Christine Vanderbilt's Story 9/9/2013

In 2002, shortly after moving from Florida to Chicago, Christine Vanderbilt decided to accompany her husband William on a Northern Seminary campus visit.  The couple, along with their two children, had moved to the area for work, and William, ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Miles Mark Fisher's Story 8/29/2013

Born into a leading African American family at the turn of the nineteenth century, Miles Mark Fisher had much to be proud of and much to live up to.  Miles was the youngest child of a well-known and equally well respected minister named Elijah ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Theresa Cutler's Story 8/23/2013

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 In an increasingly ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Arthur P. Sengpiehl's Story 8/22/2013

“A sower went out to sow his seed…”  Luke 8:5 Reverend Arthur P. Sengpiehl dedicated his life to sharing the gospel with others, and in doing so, he left behind a legacy that Northern Seminary is proud to honor through the ... read more