Northern Seminary has been blessed as a leader in theological education for more than 100 years. Today, we’re expanding upon our mission to better prepare our students to lead the church and engage the world for decades to come.
For the past year, Northern’s leaders have conducted a thoughtful and thorough assessment of the Seminary to determine the best course for our future. Our goal was bold and ambitious – and we’ve emerged with a strategic plan that focuses our resources to meet the complex needs of today’s students and congregations while forging a sustainable long-term path. Our time is now.
After more than 50 years at our Lombard Campus, we are taking a major step forward to make Northern more accessible, affordable and contextual for the changing world. This summer, we will relocate from Lombard to a state-of-the-art center in Lisle, less than seven miles away. Our new Lisle Center will open for the fall term in September.
As part of our expansion, we will also open a new center this fall in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, enhance the programming offered at our Lawndale Center on Chicago’s West Side, and develop new live-streaming classes through Northern Live over the next few years. Our new approach will better connect students with our world-renowned faculty and with the communities they will ultimately serve.
As Revelation 3:8 states: “Behold, I have set before you an open door.” We’re confident that the open door before us today will lead to another century of growth and ministry for Northern Seminary, and will enable the Northern community to become even stronger and more vibrant.
Whether you’re a student, an alumnus, a faculty member or a staff member, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I invite you to join us. Let’s walk through this door together and begin a new journey – one that affirms our values, strives toward theological excellence and focuses on faithfully serving God’s Kingdom and His Church. Together, our potential is boundless.
William D. Shiell, Ph.D.
President, Northern Seminary
We’re redefining the learning experience to make theological education more accessible, whether you’re studying in our dynamic new learning spaces or engaging directly with students and professors through our Northern Live streaming classrooms.
We’re increasing access to scholarships, bolstering student services and strengthening our commitment to diversity and inclusion to ensure that all students thrive, grow and serve the church.
We’re enriching our partnerships to better prepare future leaders who will faithfully pastor with evangelical passion and missionary skills, wherever they are called.
We’re developing and launching new degree and leadership programs to meet the evolving needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s congregations.