About

This is seminary education as it should be: an education devoted to rigorous study of the biblical texts, rooted in vibrant prayer and connected to an encouraging community of fellow learners. Ultimately, it’s an education whose center is Jesus Christ, God’s Word in the flesh.

Calvin Theological Seminary is about preparing faithful, creative and compassionate leaders who will nurture disciples, renew churches and be bearers of shalom to a world in turmoil. Its Reformed approach to theological education uniquely equips students to face the complexities of ministry in this rapidly changing world. All of this happens through an experience that joins head, heart and hands together in joyful response to God’s sovereign claim over all creation.

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Calvin Seminary offers 5 degree programs.
46% of the student body is from outside the United States.
Calvin Seminary's average class size is 15 students.
$1.3 million in scholarships and financial aid is available to Seminary students each year.

Our History

Since its founding in 1876, Calvin Theological Seminary has faithfully pursued its mission to form Christian leaders who nurture disciples and serve the church.

The Seminary was established by Dutch immigrants to prepare ministers for the growing number of Christian Reformed Church congregations sprouting up throughout the Midwest. From its beginnings, the Seminary’s curriculum was forward-thinking and contextual. Just as today’s curriculum is designed to equip ministry leaders for work in a diverse and rapidly-changing landscape, the Seminary’s first curriculum was designed to prepare ministers for service in the new world, not the old.

Over the years, theological education remained strong at Calvin—even as demand for general education saw the creation of a high school curriculum (1894), John Calvin Junior College (1908) and eventually, the four-year Calvin College (1921). Calvin Theological Seminary and Calvin College grew as two institutions under the same governance structure until the board separated in 1991.

Today, the two institutions bearing John Calvin’s name share many ties, including a beautiful campus, one of the largest private libraries in Michigan, ongoing faculty exchanges, and its parent institution, the Christian Reformed Church.

Calvin Theological Seminary’s degree programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Learn more about accreditation.