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.
WHAT SETS US APART?
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.discover the characteristics that set us apart.
Students have graduated since 1913
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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
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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.
Director of Enrollment
Phone Number: (630) 620-2175
Phone Number: 630-620-2114
Director of the South Side Center for Urban Leadership and Affiliate Professor of Leadership
Dean of Program Development and Innovation, and Affiliate Professor of Old Testament
Phone Number: (630) 620-2105
Affiliate Professor of Urban Ministry and Program Director of the Christian Community Development Program
Office Coordinator for Academic Dean and Student Services
Phone Number: (630) 620-2103
Program Director for the New Kind of Preacher Program & Adjunct Professor of Preaching
Affiliate Professor of Theology
Director of Special Projects
Phone Number: 630-620-2112
Executive Assistant to the President
Phone Number: (630) 620-2101
Chief Development Officer
Phone Number: (630) 620-2177
Assistant Director of the Theology and Mission & Anabaptist Studies Program
Phone Number: (630) 620-2180
Senior Executive Director of Student Services
Phone Number: (630) 620-2130
Pamela R. Sheldon
Director of Operations and Federal Financial Aid Administrator
Phone Number: (630) 620-2188
William D. Shiell
President, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching
Phone Number: (630) 620-2101
Director of Library and Library Technology and Affiliate Professor
Phone Number: 630-620-2115
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We embody our history
Our first student, in 1913, was Amy Lee Stockton who went on to become an effective evangelist and Bible teacher. Nine years later, in 1922, Miles Mark Fisher, became the first in a distinguished line of African-American graduates from Northern. Respect for the diversity of God’s people is in our DNA.
We value tradition
More than ever, Northern seeks to stay true to its tradition, even as it develops new programs and perspectives for ministry in the 21st century. Under our current President, Dr. William D. Shiell, the seminary remains strongly evangelical, ready to explore new ideas and take risks.
Rooted in tradition with an eye ON the future
We are convinced that effective ministry in the next millennium will demand a special kind of evangelical faith, one that is committed to the truth of the gospel, unwavering in its loyalty to scriptures, empowered by the Spirit, reflective of the body of Christ’s ethnic and cultural diversity, culturally relevant, and unbending in its support of women in ministry.
Statement of Faith
Northern’s full-time faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees have affirmed this statement as a testimony of their common commitment to Christ and to the advancement of His Church.
we treasure these commitments
Founded in 1913, Northern Seminary is an evangelical community, rooted in Baptist heritage, passionately committed to graduate-level educational excellence with a mission of preparing women and men for effective leadership for the church of Jesus Christ.
Committed to healthy community
Called by God’s grace into sanctified living, we work together to as we live, work, and learn in community to develop the fruit of the Spirit. Click below to read about the Community Standards to which every student commits.
In addition to our rich curriculum, we have outlined eleven other areas that sets Northern a part.
Read more about the impact of Northern Seminary Alumni here.
- Torrey Johnson
- Carl Henry and Kenneth Kantzer
- J. Edwin Orr
- Kenneth Taylor
- Amy Lee Stockton
- Louis S. Rawls
- Ruth Haley Barton
- Trinette McCray
We strive to provide recent stories about our alumni and their ministry commitments. These are those stories. If you are a Northern alum or know a Northern alum that would be interested in sharing their story please contact us!