President’s April Newsletter 2022

Dear Friends,

Pastors and Bible teachers long for more profound knowledge and significant insights to share with their groups. There is only so much self-guided learning a person can do. Northern provides more than just content for teachers. We immerse students in historical contexts, learning communities, and worshipful gatherings.
Just consider the experience of our New Testament and Preaching students at the end of March.











June 2022 Northern Seminary Convocation & Commencement






Friday, June 10, 2022 at 4:00 pm
Facebook Live @northernseminary

Our student speaker will be Pastor Andrea Hayles. Hayles, a native of Louisville, KY. serves as Lead Pastor at the City of Promise Church in Fairfield, Ohio where her husband, Bishop Dr. Gary G. Hayles serves as Senior Pastor. She is receiving her Master of Arts Degree with a concentration in Christian Community Development.

The commencement service will take place on Saturday, June 11th, at 10:00 AM in the main sanctuary of Christ Church of Oak Brook, at 501 Oak Brook Rd. Oak Brook, IL 60523. There will be signs for parking.

The 2022 Commencement speaker will be Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford, who serves as the Interim Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries in the Office of the General Secretary ABCUSA; and as the (volunteer) Special Assistant to the Executive Director of International Ministries, Rev. Sharon Koh, as Chaplain.

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Experience Northern for Yourself in Franklin, Tennessee








Featuring both Dr. Lynn Cohick and Dr. Scot McKnight

The Kerygma Summit brings resource to share the Gospel in a way that’s both compassionate and biblically orthodox, especially in a culture that continues to shift toward post Judeo-Christian ideology. This 3-day, in-depth program will be taught by engaging professors, theological scholars and ministry leaders to better equip women in the arenas of sound biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, and practical theology.

Participation in the The Kerygma Summit may count as an elective course in Northern Seminary’s Women and Theology program. Contact for information on receiving academic credit.

Location: Church of the City; Franklin Campus
Dates: May 12-14, 2022
Pricing: $349


The Rise of the Umms







By Mike Moore
As Featured in Christianity Today

“For the first time in my nearly 40 years, I do not belong to a church body. Each Sunday I awake with a longing to gather around song, Scripture, and sacrament. Most of those mornings my wife and I walk to the nursing home to celebrate the Eucharist with a faithful but forgotten few. This year my wife and I want to plant a church in Chicagoland, but many weeks I am left wondering, Where do we fit in?”

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Transformed by TOV

By Juni Felix
I was introduced to the Center for Women in Leadership through their inaugural event – TOV for Women. In my close to 20 years of experience in Women’s Ministry and Leadership, I was both impressed and delighted by the topics that were featured at this event.  I felt deeply honored to be a part of that bold, authentic, powerful yet humble outreach to women all over the world. To be invited into a long past due conversation about trauma recovery as a non-negotiable part of the discipleship journey was refreshing,  inspiring and without a doubt – the will of God for His church in our generation.

Read Full Testimony>>


Israel 2023

Northern Seminary Annual Trip to the Holy Land

Applications are NOW OPEN for our 2023 Trip to Israel!
APRIL 27-MAY 8, 2023
With Dr. Scot McKnight and Dr. Bill Shiell

Download the Itinerary and Application Here >>









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Pastoral Resilience Series

Northern Seminary is committed to strengthening pastoral leaders. As part of these efforts, we created a series of resilience webinars in collaboration with the Grow Center. Now available, you may watch the recordings here>>.

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Your friend,
William D. Shiell
President and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching, Northern Seminary

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