Northern Seminary sold its campus in Lombard, Illinois, to focus on its live streaming and on-demand educational platforms. Hoffmann Alpha Omega Development Group, dba Hoffmann 600 Lombard LLC, bought the 27.55-acre campus. David Conroy of Cawley Group brokered the agreement, and Mary Riordan LLC provided legal counsel throughout the due diligence and sale, which closed April 28, 2021.

The proceeds from the sale will be used to repay the Seminary’s debt incurred since its move to their training center in Lisle, provide scholarships and financial aid for students, support faculty, and provide innovative training for the future.

President Bill Shiell said, “As stewards of this campus, we wanted to reinvest in the students and faculty that are at the core of our mission and continue to plan for innovative training to lead the church and engage the world in the future.”

Northern Seminary provides accredited graduate theological education to people around the world. In 2017, Northern embarked on a new strategic direction for the seminary. Its Live-Streaming platform called Northern Live has led to exponential graduate student growth—56%– over the past five years. Northern is 1 of only 7 seminaries in North America to have grown annually since 2016. Students learn from 40 states and 10 countries via Northern Live, including training centers in Chicagoland, North Lawndale, and Grand Crossing and nationally in Fairfield, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; and San Antonio, Texas. Internationally, Northern offers on-site training in Kenya through the Africa Pastoral Training Institute and in partnership with Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel. Over 900 persons and churches subscribe to its on-demand platform, Seminary Now, and 175 entrepreneurial leaders have enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Ministry Leader program through the Grow Center for Church and Mission. In partnership with the ALS Society, Northern has launched a program designed to provide faith-based care to persons and their families with ALS called “ALS Family of Faith.”

Northern’s Lisle Center is the third headquarters in the Seminary’s 108-year history. Founded in 1913 by the Second Baptist Church of Chicago, Northern moved from the church’s basement to West Washington Boulevard during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. In 1963, the Seminary opened a new campus on Butterfield Road in Lombard. Providentially, one hundred years after Northern’s move during a pandemic, the Seminary has taken a bold step forward into online and live stream training for the future.

Dr. Vernon Crawley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, supports the renewed focus on innovative training for Christian leaders. He said, “We must meet the challenges of a changing world, particularly the needs of today’s students. This is an excellent time for the growth and expansion of Northern Seminary. God will open the door for you.”

Hoffmann plans to build a Golf Social recreation/entertainment venue, a Moretti’s restaurant, a fuel center with convenience retail and a food component and the potential for a multiple-family housing development in the future.  The redevelopment proposal and companion incentive agreement were approved by the Lombard Village Board earlier this year.

A celebration ceremony is planned at Northern Seminary’s Lisle Center for June 10 at 12:00 noon CT.

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