Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is an institution with a 100-year tradition of quality theological education and a proud provider of online seminary education. We are dedicated to advancing Christ’s kingdom in every sphere of life, by equipping Church leaders to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically.
The roots of Gordon-Conwell reach back over 100 years to two urban East Coast schools: the Boston Missionary Training Institute founded by A.J. Gordon and the Temple Program in Philadelphia inspired by Russell Conwell. Each institution grew individually to become strong theological education leaders. Under the leadership of Rev. Billy Graham, Dr. Harold John Ockenga and Mr. J. Howard Pew, the two institutions merged in 1969 to form Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
The vision for the school was to “establish within a strong evangelical framework, an independent, interdenominational seminary whose constituents are united in the belief that the Bible is the infallible, authoritative Word of God…consecrated to educating men and women in all facets of gospel outreach.”
The institution has continued to thrive and offers theological education on four campuses and recently launched the first online program, the Master of Arts in Religion, making it an online seminary. Students represent over 40 countries and 100 plus denominations. The online seminary is the fifth largest seminary in the United States.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is an educational institution serving the Lord and His Church. Its mission is to prepare men and women for ministry at home and abroad. The online seminary undertakes this task as a training partner with the Church so that what is learned on campus may be complemented by the spiritual nurture and the exercise of ministry available through the Church.
Gordon-Conwell's mission arises out of God's redemptive work in this world effected in Jesus Christ, understood through the biblical Word and mediated by the Holy Spirit. As a theological seminary, it provides learning, resources and training through which men and women may acquire knowledge, gain skills and develop attitudes needed in Christ's ministry.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). ATS is a membership organization of more than 260 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The ATS can be contacted at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103; (412) 788-6505.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). NEASC is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary school through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.
Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association is a rigorous process and approval indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality. Reviews are conducted periodically applied through a peer group review process. NEASC can be contacted at 209 Burlington Rd, Suite 201, Bedford, MA 01730-1433; (781) 271-0022.