About Seattle Pacific Seminary

Professor Dave Nienhuis teaches a class | photo by Dan Sheehan

Since its founding in 1891 as Seattle Seminary, Seattle Pacific University has equipped men and women to engage the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Epistle of James tells us that reflecting deeply on faith and living out faith in the world go hand-in-hand. If you are looking for a graduate community that is grounded in an ever-deepening and ever-challenging Christian faith, you’ll find it at Seattle Pacific Seminary. 

Mission Statement: Why We Exist 

Guided by the Holy Spirit, SPS prepares students for faithful service to Jesus Christ through transformational ministry in the church and world.

Vision Statement: What We Do

As a seminary in the Pacific Northwest SPS aims to embody theological education through a Wesleyan vision of academy, abbey, and apostolate, preparing students for faithful service.

As an academy, SPS seeks the mind of Christ 
through theological study and reflection.

As an abbey, SPS endeavors to be a formative 
community that is a workshop of the Holy Spirit.

As an apostolate, SPS aspires to participate in 
God’s reconciling mission in the world.

Our Distinctive Vision: Academy, Abbey, Apostolate

In the School of Theology, we embrace a threefold model of theological education that we call “Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®.”

The interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service — all informed by our Wesleyan heritage that joins "knowledge and vital piety" as a means of changing the world — defines a vision that distinguishes SPU among theology schools and seminaries. 

Seminary Programs

Seattle Pacific Seminary offers a Master of Divinity (MDiv), seven Master of Arts (MA) degrees, and four dual degrees in partnership with the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, and the School of Business, Government, and Economics, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies.  

Center for Biblical and Theological Education

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education in the SPU School of Theology was founded to provide biblical and theological education for faculty, staff, and students; the church; and the world. One of its signature offerings is Lectio: Guided Bible Reading, a four-year, online program of readings and podcasts led by School of Theology faculty. The CBTE was originally funded in part by a grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust.

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Alexander and Adelaide Hall

The School of Theology is housed in historic Alexander and Adelaide Hall, a four-story, red-brick building with four hip-roofed towers. Constructed in 1893, this hall is SPU’s oldest structure.

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Seminary Faculty Books

Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty have published more than 60 books, on topics ranging from global Christianity, to theodicy, to women and Christianity — as well as commentaries and scholarly monographs on books and topics of the Bible. Visit the SPS faculty book page.