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: Joseph's Story 7/19/2013

Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, Northern's students have unfolded stories from every corner of the globe. From its beginning in 1913, Northern students have told of the wonders of God's work in countless ... read more

Campus on the Move - The Third 25 Years 1963-1987 7/12/2013

In the early 1960s the Board of Trustees voted to move the campus from West Washington Boulevard in Chicago to the edge of the suburban expansion taking place west of the city. An aggressive $400,000 campaign was initiated to buy land in a ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Billy's Story 6/29/2013

Billy Hardison participated in the United States Navy’s Command Chaplin Program at Northern Seminary. While working towards his M.Div., Billy served as the College and Young Adult Coordinator at Christ Church of Oak Brook. Billy’s ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Pete's Story 6/27/2013

Dr. Peter Shaw is transforming people and churches with Christ – leading well, empowering others and reaching out. This has been the vision of Northern Seminary since it first opened its doors in 1913. Alumni like Pete have spread out around ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Gary's Story 6/22/2013

Having attended and/or taught at different seminaries, my experience at Northern as a student was really the highlight of my education," Gary Sattler shared. Glowing words from a man of high honors and letters: Gary received his M.Div. at Northern ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Mark's Story 6/19/2013

Mark Bradley has long been drawn to the needs existing in our urban areas. Twenty years ago, with an M.Div. in hand, Mark and his wife left Nova Scotia and moved to Chicago to further his education in urban ministry. Northern students over the ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Eldon's Story 6/17/2013

Eldon G. Schroeder, M Div ‘53 went to his heavenly home May 8, 2013. He was ordained following graduation from Northern and served as pastor for North American Baptist Churches in Texas, Iowa, California and Illinois for 38 years. Upon ... read more

O Northern We Hail Thee With Gladness 6/14/2013

In 1927, O Northern was written by Dr. A.S. Carman. Originally, it was sung to the tune of Lorelei. To help celebrate Northern's centennial we asked Bonnie and Trevor McMaken to record a new version of the song. Trevor is a recent graduate of ... read more

Living out Missional Faith: Trinette's Story 6/11/2013

In pre-civil rights Milwaukee, Rev. Dr. Trinette McCray saw life's stark contrasts. Separation and strife were common. She carries the memory of her church being fire-bombed. But there were also very positive elements - hope, supportive community ... read more

Leadership, Expansion, and Accreditation – The Second 25 Years 1938-1962 6/10/2013

President Taft, the dedicated faculty, and the Board of Trustees guided Northern through the challenging years of the Great Depression. Due to their leadership, Northern emerged as strong as ever. God continued to bless Northern’s mission to be a ... read more

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