Join Us at Founders Day 2023 on November 11 as We Celebrate 110 Years of Ministry

September 18, 2023

For 110 years, God has used Northern Seminary to be a place where church leaders of many backgrounds and denominations can come together to learn from world-class faculty and in a cohort-style learning environment that allows for deep discussion and friendships to be born.

As we celebrate this milestone year and look ahead to the next 110 years, we want you to join us for our annual Founders Day event, where we will focus on “God’s Grand Story: Standing on 110 Years of Faithfulness.” The event will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 5-8PM at Renew Church in Westmont, IL. We have an incredible program planned with keynote speakers and alum Rev. Tara Beth Leach and Rev. Dr. Gail Rice. The evening will include dinner, worship with Renew Collective, and panel discussions with Northern faculty on topics such as friendship and ministry, mentorship, and theology and culture. 

Founders Day is Northern’s annual fundraising event. It is an opportunity for to partner with us as we look ahead to many more years of equipping leaders and engaging the church.

We hope that you can join us for a memorable and remarkable evening of celebrating all that God has done and looking ahead to what He still will do.

Tara Beth Leach is a pastor, preacher of the Word, and a writer. She speaks widely at conferences, retreats, and universities across America on Women in Ministry, Church Leadership, and the call to be a Radiant Witness. She is the Senior Pastor at Good Shepherd Church in Naperville, IL. She previously served at Christ Church in Oakbrook and as Senior Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Northern Theological Seminary. She is the author of Emboldened, Radiant Church, and Forty Days on Being a Six. She has two beautiful and rambunctious sons, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006.


Rev. Dr. Gail Leslie Rice is an anointed preacher of the gospel. Her calling is to see lives transformed from the inside out and she has a passion for helping them discover the delight that comes in authentically serving and loving Jesus. For 15 years, she served in a variety of ministerial roles at her home church, First Baptist Congregational Church, including as Assistant Pastor of Worship. She currently serves at Freedom Baptist Church in Hillside, IL, as Associate Pastor to Women under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Craig M. Smith. 



Worship by Renew Collective, a diverse community of worship leaders, musicians, and songwriters who are committed to spreading the love, presence, and gospel of Jesus Christ.

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