Building Upon the past

Northern seminary was founded in 1913 with the purpose of training leaders for the Church. Over 100 years later, we are 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.

Lead the Church Engage the World

We are convinced that effective ministry in the next millennium will demand a special kind of faith, one that is committed to the truth of the gospel, unwavering in its loyalty to the scriptures, empowered by the Spirit, reflective of the body of Christ’s ethnic and cultural diversity, and settled in its support of both men and women in ministry.

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We affirm our evangelical heritage through our commitments to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to the authority of scripture. Northern offers an educational context that is international, interracial, and intercultural for the preparation of women and men who are called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit for the mission of Christ in the world. Our strategic role is to educate leaders who will be personally whole and spiritually mature, Biblically grounded and theologically competent, pastoral, evangelistic, and prophetic.

In partnership with American Baptist churches and in cooperation with the wider church, the seminary commits itself to excellence in the pursuit of this mission.


Our vision is to lead the church and engage the world by providing sustainable resources, training successful students and equipping strong churches.



Northern Seminary has a unique personality.

We are driven by the mission of God, broadly evangelical, committed to the authority of scripture, and personal in our approach to education.

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our alumni



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Northern is truly impacting the world for the Kingdom of God through training leaders to bring the gospel message to the lost. Alumni have served as senior pastors, missionaries, church planters, denominational leaders, youth leaders, worship pastors, teachers, founders of movements, and writers.

ALUMNI IMPACT Noteworthy alumni

We have an incredible alumni family, and we love sharing their stories.

See what just a few of our graduates are up to.


What does it mean to have a staff that is dedicated to student development?

It means they are here to serve, support, and strengthen the future leaders of the Church. Get to know our staff.

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