… to share in the mission of God. 

Accentuating relevance for faithful service …

Deeply rooted. Faithfully responsive.

Eddie Wilson Alumni Story

Eddie Wilson

Having studied next to and befriended many seminary students during my time as a full-time professional and a full-time seminary student, I saw first hand how expensive seminary is, how taxing it all can be on families and drove me to contemplate my financial responsibility as it relates to helping those men and women who are ultimately called to serve me, my family and the church at large as a full-time minister.  The question that I could not get over was, “If all of this is expensive and the called person takes on debt just to come back to the church, isn’t that on the church and its members to help alleviate the burden of that education and training?”  Many seminarians in other denominations pay nothing or very little for their ministry training.  But there are some denominations that leave it to the competitive college landscape to provide educated ministers...and college is expensive.  Add to that, many seminarians are married with families!  To that end, I believe we have a moral and spiritual responsibility to do whatever we can to financially support seminary students.

Laverne Bates Alumni Story

Laverne Bates

Opportunity for significant spiritual and professional enrichment for people of all ages seeking direction and preparation for serving and making a difference in our communities is priceless.  After thirty years in ministry, the invitation to be a part of the second cohort became the capstone of my journey in life-long learning.  The chronological development of theological thought, the synergy of historical developments and the discussions of practical applications and times of prayer together, elicited a deeper respect for other traditions as well as affirming and enriching studies of the past.

It is a privilege to continue to support the ongoing development of Northeastern Seminary to meet the ever changing needs of a hurting world.

Barbara Isamen-Bushart Alumni Story

Barbara Isaman-Bushart

I consider it a privilege and joy to support Northeastern Seminary because the education and rich experiences I received at Northeastern have left an indelible influence on my life and ministries. I appreciated the way the programs and courses were arranged to introduce seminarians to theologians and Christian leaders across different historical eras and geographic locations. As we learned about the questions and circumstances those faithful men and women wrestled with in their times, we were simultaneously encouraged to creatively and confidently address the pressing needs of our own world with the transformational love and power of Christ.

Lida Merril Alumni Story

Lida Merrill

Lida recalls the significance of the faith-sharing group during her time at Northeastern as being preparation for real-life ministry. Reflecting on faculty interactions she mentions how a passion for justice was fueled, how gentle and insightful questions influenced her to take spiritual formation seriously, and how the examination of the pastoral role as it related to each course ultimately led to perusing a pastoral role in The United Methodist Church. She is also the Director of Spiritual Life at Heritage Christian Services.

When asked about her ministry she notes: “People with disabilities have much to teach others about being fully human and being made in the image of God. All people have gifts and talents. Our local churches need the gifts of people with disabilities and a community that embraces all of God's children is richer and in line with how Jesus lived and included.”

Reggie McGill Alumni Story

Reggie McGill

“When you clearly hear the Lord, the Body of Christ must be ready, willing, and able to launch out into the depths of faith, hope, and love…to acknowledge our responsibility to make a God-given, Holy Spirit inspired vision come to pass. I will be forever grateful for the insight, direction, counsel, challenges, clarity, and how to develop spiritually. Northeastern Seminary challenged me to become a better student of Scripture, as well as a better servant of God and His people.” 

Bishop Dr. Troy Anthony Bronner

Bishop Dr. Bronner fondly recalls his time at Northeastern and the D.Min. retreats where he learned about spiritual direction. Reflecting on faculty interactions, he mentions the many wonderful conversations he had with his faculty advisor and mentor, Dr. Nelson Grimm, the way Dr. Wayne McCown cultivated leadership and life transformation, and the encouragement of the Seminary dean, which was a significant factor in finishing his studies and yielding a strong contribution to the church through his dissertation “Prayer: A Gateway to Belonging in an Urban Church.”

Bishop Bronner has a passion for encouraging young people to fall in love with God and shaping and cultivating fellow ministers. He does this at the Elim Christian Fellowship church plants in Buffalo and Rochester. He said, “I am a grateful person and a grateful pastor and I am full of appreciation.”

over 30 denominations and faith traditions
classroom sites across New York
in-context graduate programs to choose from
of the student body receives financial aid every year
150 Years
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