Northern Seminary is committed to providing an education wherever you are, both theologically and geographically.

We have three campuses and distance programs via interactive live-streaming (Northern Live). Each campus connects you to Northern’s community and each offers exciting ways to experience theological education. Give us a call (630) 620-2180 and we can set up a visit!


410 Warrenville Rd, Suite 300
Lisle, IL 60532


Located near the middle of Chicagoland

Lisle, Illinois is only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and is easily accessible from all suburbs of Chicago. It’s proximity to four major Interstates (I-88, I-290, I-294, I-355) is a valuable feature for all students wanting to commute as well as those traveling from outside Illinois.

Only 25 minutes from O’Hare airport

O’Hare International Airport is one of the largest airports in the country, which means students are able to get to the Lisle campus easily and quickly. This is especially helpful for students traveling for week-long intensive courses.

Only 5 miles from the Metra train which runs daily to downtown Chicago

Chicago is a great city providing the best in food, entertainment, sporting events and, most importantly, ministry opportunities. The Metra’s BNSF Line runs throughout the day to and from Chicago. For commuter information, click here.

Access to diverse ministry opportunities

Because of its proximity to so many parts of the Chicagoland area, our students are provided with a wide variety of ministry opportunities. These opportunities have opened the door to a contextualized education that stretches and challenges students in new ways. It reflects and advances our desire to take on a more practical approach to theological education.

For printable directions to the Lawndale campus click HERE.

South Side Center for Urban Leadership

7522 S. Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60619
Chicago, IL 60619


3827 W. Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623


Located on the West Side of Chicago

Located on Ogden Avenue in the Lawndale community on Chicago’s west side, this campus has the most direct access to Chicago. This community shares an incredible story of transformation and it plays a key role in the Christian Community Development Association. Through this campus our students have the ability to immerse themselves in an urban setting while studying topics around community development, urban ministry, youth subculture, and much more.

This urban context is what provides a unique educational experience. Our Lawndale campus is not simply a campus located in the city; it is a vibrant context in which to study urban ministry and everything that comes with it.

Courses held at Lawndale Community Church

Lawndale Community Church is an example of powerful ministry that speaks to and influences its context. Started in 1978, this church has grown to include a medical clinic that serves over 140,000 patients each year, multiple houses designed to help individuals gain life skills and grow in faith, and a development corporation that renovates buildings to improve the community. Its founder, a Northern graduate and Trustee member, Wayne “Coach” Gordon is also the founder and president of the Christian Community Development Corporation which has over 500 member churches.

Our partnership with Lawndale Community Church is what makes our Lawndale campus more than a campus in the city. The campus is a unique context found at no other seminary which provides a hands-on education for students wanting to powerfully impact their world for Christ.

Learn WITH Experience

All courses at our Lawndale Campus involve personal interaction with local pastors and ministry leaders who have experience in urban ministry. Students not only study ministry and experience it first-hand, but they also have the opportunity to learn from leaders that have been doing urban ministry for many years.

For printable directions to the Lawndale campus click HERE.

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Pastoral Installations to Celebrate Black History Month

By: Northern Seminary

By William D. Shiell As we celebrate Black History Month this February, I am thrilled to share that four of Northern’s own have pastoral installation services in February and March…

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