Kern Foundation Awards Northern Major Gift to Launch a New Degree Program
Northern Seminary Announces Five-Year Bachelor Plus Master of Divinity Degree Program in Partnership with Trinity Christian College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Students Can Enroll Beginning in Fall 2018
Lisle, IL— Northern Seminary is pleased to announce a new program in partnership with Trinity Christian College that will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in five years.
Traditionally, this educational path takes seven years. “Through this program, students can complete both degrees in two fewer years, saving both time and tuition dollars,” said Jason Gile, Interim Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
This program is being supported by a grant from the Kern Family Foundation. “This grant renews a special, longstanding relationship that Northern Seminary and the Kern family have had for decades,” said Northern President, Bill Shiell. “We would not be the seminary we are today without the late Pat Kern’s outstanding leadership as a former chair of the Board of Trustees. Through their generosity over the years, Mr. and Mrs. Kern have left an eternal mark on generations of Northern students and alumni. This program allows us to build on this legacy and train a rising generation of pastors to reach people for Christ. We are thrilled to partner with Trinity Christian College to deliver affordable theological education to these students.”
This program will begin accepting students in the Fall of 2018. Upon completion, students will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Trinity and a Master of Divinity from Northern Seminary.
Among the advantages to the dual degree program:
- Program-specific scholarships are available
- The program is highly mentored, and students will be enfolded into a group of peers
- Students will participate in multi-year practical experience and internships in local churches and ministries
- Students will take integrated undergraduate- and graduate-level theological studies, in a program tailored to maximize academic learning
- Faculty from multiple Christian traditions will provide broad biblical and theological exposure
- The program emphasizes contextual and multi-cultural ministry
- On-campus housing opportunities exist for all five years
To learn more, visit http://www.seminary.edu/5-year-ba-mdiv-program/
or call the admissions team of Trinity Christian College at 708.239.4708.
About Northern Seminary
Northern Seminary was founded in 1913 with the purpose of training leaders for the Church. Over 100 years later, it is still focused on that goal. Northern’s vision is to prepare leaders who will faithfully serve Jesus Christ with evangelical passion and mission skills in biblically grounded and culturally relevant ministries. To learn more, visit www.seminary.edu
About Trinity Christian College
Trinity Christian College, located in Palos Heights, Ill., is an accredited liberal arts college offering more than 70 programs of study, master’s degree programs in counseling psychology and special education, and an Adult Studies accelerated program. Founded in 1959, the college is a community of Christian scholarship committed to shaping lives and transforming culture and is continually ranked in the top tier among Regional Colleges—Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more, visit trnty.edu
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Phone: (630) 318-6004