About CTS

At Calvin Theological Seminary, we provide solid theological preparation for contemporary ministry around the world. We have been since 1876.

As you can imagine, we’ve learned a few things during that time.

REFORMED THEOLOGY IS OUR FOUNDATION

We believe the Bible is God’s Word. It forms the foundation and norm for all theological activity and church ministry. We are committed to grow in our understanding of the Word, to be formed by it, and to proclaim it to others. We exist to serve the church and prepare people to serve everywhere.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IS OUR STRENGTH

We meet the highest standards of education in ministry. Over 30 full- and part-time faculty members are dedicated to continuing our tradition of being one of the finest Reformed theological institutions in the world.

FORMING THE WHOLE PERSON FOR MINISTRY IS VITALLY IMPORTANT

We believe that to be most effective, people must be formed in every part of their lives-head, heart, hands, and relationships. To do this, our faculty members make sure that interactions between them and their students are enriching and meaningful. We pay special attention to limiting class size to support these interactions.

TAKING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH IS KEY TO EQUIPPING PEOPLE FOR MINISTRY

We offer several programs of study to help meet the needs of the church and your ministry:

We increase the effectiveness of these programs by making sure the curriculum for each integrates biblical, theological, and ministry perspectives. The result is a strong theological education that graduates find is foundational, instructive, and invaluable for the demands of their vocation.

LIVING AND LEARNING IN COMMUNITY IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE

Over 300 men and women from all over the world make up our student body. Their rich diversity of backgrounds helps shape each other through study, prayer, social events, and service projects. They find a welcoming community on campus and in the city of Grand Rapids. Clean, safe, and attractive, Grand Rapidshas a low cost of living, especially when compared to larger cities. And, with a population of just over 200,000, the city offers a high quality of life thanks to a wealth of arts, culture, entertainment, and recreation. As part of the beautiful West Michigan area, Grand Rapids is only a half hour away from the white-sand beaches of Lake Michigan, the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world and a major tourist destination.

CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH

While our student body comes from more than 40 different denominations from around the world, Calvin Theological Seminary is owned and operated by the Christian Reformed Church in North America. This vital church connection grounds us in our mission to prepare people to lead in ministry and to build Christ’s church.

ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

Calvin Theological Seminary holds accredited membership in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The ATS establishes the standards of theological education and maintains a list of those institutions accredited on the basis of such standards. The corporate office of the ATS is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Calvin Seminary is affiliated with several organizations related to theological education:

  • American Theological Library Association
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
  • The International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education
  • Chicago Area Theological Library Association
  • The Scriptorium: Center for Christian Antiquities
  • Associate School of Jerusalem University College