It is a joy and a blessing to welcome you to Palmer Seminary!
I first heard of Palmer Seminary many years ago for the same reasons you may have heard of us today: our commitment to equipping those called by God to work prayerfully, passionately, and holistically in spiritual and social transformation. I had joined a Honduran Christian development organization that was working with the impoverished and oppressed in that wonderful nation, and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s faculty at the time like Orlando Costas, Samuel Escobar, and Ron Sider were inspiring figures as they led the charge here in the US and all over the world in urging all of us to both “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20) and “do justice” (Micah 6:8).
While the names may have changed a bit, Palmer’s mission and our wonderful faculty leading the charge today are guided by the same inspiring and prophetic mission: “the whole gospel, for the whole world, through whole persons.” The testimony of both our older and recent alumni gives witness to what makes Palmer special: an education whose quality, purpose, and focus in equipping them for their calling is acclaimed, a community that celebrates its diversity, and a passion amongst students, faculty, and staff for learning from and walking with the vulnerable and oppressed.
So, as you prayerfully peruse our website, may God bless you with feeling a small bit of the thankfulness, excitement, joy, and love that permeates our community and its legacies. Check out the vast array of our degree and non-degree programs, including the Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership (DMin); the Master of Divinity (MDiv); the Master of Theological Studies (MTS); our dual degree programs that combine our MDiv degree with a Master of Economic or International Development; and our Eastern's School of Christian Ministry that offers a range of diplomas and certificates. And, make sure you take a look at our Openseminary TM delivery model for our Master of Practical Theology degree, an innovative approach that combines an online approach with face-to-face residencies that is drawing rave reviews from our recent graduates.
God is doing great things at Palmer Seminary through its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Could the Spirit be leading you to join us? We certainly pray that is so, and we look forward to sharing more with you about our programs and walking with you in your process of prayerful discernment of God’s calling for your life.
F. David Bronkema, PhD
Dean, Palmer Theological Seminary