American Baptist Seminary of the West

The American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) is a theological school affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. It is located in Berkeley, California, USA. It is part of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of theological schools and centers in the Berkeley area. Formerly, the ABSW was called Berkeley Baptist Divinity School.

Mission Statement

ABSW is a Christ-centered school that trains men and women for leadership in the church of the twenty-first century who are:

Prepared to minister in a multicultural and multiracial world
Rooted in evangelical heritage and tradition
Equipped for ecumenical partnership in ministry
Informed theologically and biblically
Skilled in the practice of ministry for personal, ecclesial and social transformation
Committed to the justice demands of the Gospel
Our mission is fulfilled primarily in partnership with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the Graduate Theological Union. We gladly welcome students from other Christian traditions. Our mission is supported by a faculty that is representative of the constituencies we serve, competent in scholarship, skilled in teaching, experienced in ministry, and dedicated to the work of the Christian church.

The American Baptist Seminary of the West is a Private university located in Berkeley.
The American Baptist Seminary of the West was founded in 1871.
The current president of American Baptist Seminary of the West is Jim Brenneman.

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