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City Seminary's Grading Scale

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96 - 100       4
93 - 95.99    4–
90 - 92.99    3+
87 - 89.99    3
84 - 86.99    3–
81 - 83.99    2+
78 - 80.99    2
75 - 77.99    2–
72 - 74.99    1+
69 - 71.99    1
65 - 68.99    1–
0 - 64.99      0
        
        
Honors / Min. GPA
cum laude - 3.65
magna cum laude - 3.8
summa cum laude - 3.9

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The Fall 2016 Semester begins September 9.

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City Seminary of Sacramento is a school of theology at the graduate level which is committed to providing a biblical education to students in the Sacramento region. We provide a place where men are trained for the gospel ministry without having to relocate to another area. Seminary education should be accessible to those who are called by Jesus Christ to minister to his church. The seminary offers programs leading to the degrees of Associate of Theological Studies, Master of Theological Studies (2-year); Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity (4-year); and, Certificates in Apologetics, Church History, New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology, Greek, Hebrew and Pastoral Theology.

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City Seminary of Sacramento seeks to provide a sound, biblical, theological education to all qualified candidates for the ministry and to those who seek to improve their understanding of God's Word. Although scholarship funds—which are supplied by the generous contributions of local churches, church members and City Seminary sponsored events—are limited, it is the goal of City Seminary that all those who desire to enroll in classes for credit may do so, irrespective of financial ability. Click here for more information.

Textbooks

SPRING SEMESTER 2015

Textbooks will be available for purchase on the first day of class at the Seminary's cost. Or, if you wish, you may purchase them prior to the start of the semester at Amazon, eBay or other book retailers.

Greek II

Learn to Read New Testament Greek (third edition) by Black
Learn to Read New Testament Greek Workbook by Gutierrez and Murphy
The New Testament in the Original Greek: Byzantine Textform 2005 by Robinson and Pierpont

American Church History

The Old Religion in a New World by Mark Noll
A Theological Interpretation of American History by C. Gregg Singer
Theology in America by E. Brooks Holifield

Modern Cults

Doctrine Twisting: How Core Biblical Truths Are Distorted by H. Wayne House & Gordon Carle
Cults and the Occult, 4th ed. by Edmond C. Gruss

Anthropology

Systematic Theology by Dr. Wayne Grudem
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Edited by John Piper
Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Worship and Preaching

Christ Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice by Bryan Chapell
Worship: Reformed According to Scripture by Hughes Oliphant Old

Open House

City Seminary Open House will be held Monday, January 8, 2015, 7:00 PM, at the Sacramento Inn & Suites. This is your opportunity to find out more about City Seminary . . .

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The Spring 2015 Semester begins January 17.

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Welcome to City Seminary of Sacramento

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City Seminary of Sacramento is a school of theology at the graduate level which is committed to provide a classical theological education to students in the Sacramento region. We provide a place where men are trained for the gospel ministry without them having to relocate to another area. Seminary education should be accessible to those who are called by Jesus Christ to minister to his church.

The seminary offers programs leading to the degrees of Associate of Theological Studies, Master of Theological Studies (2-year); Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity (4-year); and, Certificates in Apologetics, Church History, New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology and Pastoral Theology.

Individual courses are also available for auditing and general study.

No Student Debt

City Seminary Makes It Official – No Student Debt

Since its founding in the year 2000, City Seminary of Sacramento has never provided student loans, and discouraged students from seeking loans elsewhere. Instead, the Board of Governors has strived to meet all legitimate tuition financial needs through scholarships. On May 2, 2013, the Board of Governors formalized their practice by adopting a policy statement forbidding students to seek or accept student loans to pay for tuition.

“What the Board of Governors did today was to put in writing what has been our policy since we opened our doors,” said Board Chairman Kurt Snow. “We strongly believe that loading up a new minister with an onerous debt burden places a limit on the kind of ministry in which they can engage. It is the duty of the church to train ministers to serve wherever the Lord may call them, not just to well-heeled congregations. We see this policy as a step in the right direction and encourage all other seminaries to take a fresh look at this issue.”

The policy statement reads as follows:

“It is the formal position of City Seminary of Sacramento to forbid students to incur debt for the purpose of paying tuition expenses. While those embarking upon secular business careers may reasonably expect to repay student debt out of future earnings growth, such an expectation is inappropriate for a graduate who may well be called upon to serve in a poor or even poverty-stricken field of ministry. In keeping with this conviction, the Board of Governors endeavors to provide sufficient tuition scholarship aid so that no qualified student is denied a theological education for financial reasons.”

Alternatively, seminaries could simply waive student loan debt for those who accept calls to the mission field, or in poor and poverty-stricken areas. “That would be a first step, and an important one,” said Board Member Wayne Johnson, “but the goal should be to eliminate student loan debt across the board in seminaries so that graduates can accept calls to works that simply can’t pay them enough to support a family as well as service a large student loan debt.”

Calendar

Calendar - 2017

Dates to mark your calendars!

SPRING '17

  • Jan. 14 -- Semester starts
  • Feb. 16 -- Last day to withdraw from classes
  • Feb. 25 - Mar. 2 -- Midterms
  • Mar. 6-11 -- RCUS Western Classis (no classes)
  • April 10-15 -- Easter (no classes)
  • April 29 - May 4 -- Final Exams
  • May 18 -- All grades are due

SUMMER '17

  • June 5 -- Semester starts
  • July 3, 6 -- Midterms
  • July 25-27 -- Final exams
  • Aug. 10 -- All grades are due

FALL '17

  • Sept. 8 -- Convocation and graduation
  • Sept. 6 -- Semester starts
  • Oct. 12 -- Last day to withdraw from classes
  • Oct 21-26 -- Midterms
  • Nov. 23 -- Thanksgiving Day (no classes)
  • Dec. 9-14 -- Finals
  • Dec. 28 -- All grades are due

Courses

Fall Semester 2017

Exegesis of Romans

An exegetical study of the Greek text of the book of Romans, focusing on its major themes of sin, redemption and thankfulness. The correct method of presenting and defending the faith will be emphasized throughout.

  • Instructor: Dr. Frank Walker, Ph.D.
  • Hours: Two credit hours
  • Mon., 5:50 – 7:30 PM
  • Prerequisite: NT 231 Greek Grammar 1
New Testament Studies I

A comprehensive, chronological study of the New Testament, focusing on events, people, geography and archaeology, with particular emphasis on theological and political developments in the intertestamental period and the ministry of Jesus.

  • Instructor: Dr. Frank Walker, Ph.D..
  • Hours: Two credit hours
  • Mon., 7:40-9:20 P
Prolegomena

An examination of theological method, the nature of Biblical revelation, verbal inspiration, inerrancy and infallibility.

  • Instructor: Rev. Jim West, M.Div.
  • Hours: Two credit hours
  • Tues., 7:40-9:20 PM
Worship and Preaching

A study of the nature and importance of Biblical worship, the centrality of preaching, the elements of worship, essential versus accidental characteristics of worship, and the Word of God as a means of grace. Attention will also be given to teaching others how to develop personal and family worship practices.

  • Instructor: Rev. Dennis Roe, M.Div.
  • Hours: Two credit hours
  • Thurs., 5:50 – 7:30 PM

Note: Chapel will be held on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays. On chapel night, the second class will begin immediately after chapel and will end at 9:30 PM.

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About City Seminary

student studyCity Seminary of Sacramento is a school of theology at the graduate level which is committed to provide a classical theological education to students in the Sacramento region. We provide a place where men are trained for the gospel ministry without them having to relocate to another area. Seminary education should be accessible to those who are called by Jesus Christ to minister to his church.

The seminary offers programs leading to the degrees of Associate of Theological Studies, Master of Theological Studies (2-year); Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity (4-year); and, Certificates in Apologetics, Church History, New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology and Pastoral Theology.

Individual courses are also available for auditing and general study.


About

Facilities

Classrooms

walker teaching2City Seminary of Sacramento is presently located at 2020 16th Ave, Sacramento, California, on the property of Covenant Reformed Church. It is close to William Land Park and near Sacramento City College.

Classes are conducted in the church class rooms and the worship center is used for the annual Convocation Service.

Library

To augment our library, we recommend the libraries of Sacramento State University and UC Davis for research projects and important papers, as well as the growing body of work available on the Internet.

Bookstore

There is a bookstore that is managed by Covenant Reformed Church. Required textbooks will usually be available from this source, purchased from the Registrar or may be purchased elsewhere at the student's discretion. NOTE: All books are sold at cost.

Board of Governors

The City Seminary Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally responsible for the general supervision, management, and governance of the school. It elects the president, who chairs the board. It is also divided into a number of subcommittees. The voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the board for one-year terms.

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Jose Fabila

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B.A., History, California State University, Sacramento


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Dewey Harpainter

Attorney and Counselor at Law
B.A., San Jose State University; Juris Doctorate , Santa Clara University


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Wayne C. Johnson
President, The Wayne Johnson Agency, a Sacramento media firm
B.A., European History, Purdue University
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Thomas Mark Lagomarsino
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Former Board Member, Union Gospel Mission
Education: American River College
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Kurt Snow
Vice-President, Gateway Media
B.S., Business Management, California State University, Sacramento
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Ben Tiner, Chairman
Managing Broker, Tiner Commercial Real Estate Services
B.S., Managerial Economics, University of California, Davis

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Mark Wilson
Co-owner, Wilson Farms, Inc.

Heritage

The Protestant Reformation

The sixteenth-century Reformation was a time of great spiritual growth and renewal in the Church. While the forces of Roman Catholicism regrouped during the counter-Reformation, cities and nations went over en masse to the simpler and purer practices of the "reformed" church. The basic principles of the Reformation were summarized in the refrain, "Sola Fides, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura"—Faith alone, Grace alone, Christ alone, Scripture alone.

The Reformers appealed to the authority of Scripture rather than to the traditions of men. They saw Christ alone as their Mediator, not any earthly priesthood. They affirmed salvation by grace, through faith, and denied the prevailing doctrine of works salvation. For centuries, these fundamental doctrines characterized the confession of most Protestants.

This original "reformed" church, however, soon began to splinter into the denominational mosaic we see today. Some branches began to identify themselves with individual Reformers, e.g. Luther. Others emphasized forms of government, e.g. the "presbytery" or "episcopacy." Yet others took their name from distinctive practices, e.g. the mode of administering baptism.

City Seminary of Sacramento traces its lineage to the "trunk" of the Reformation and, as such, is in a unique position to sponsor the opportunity for theological education to all the many branches of Protestantism by emphasizing foundational principles. After securing a solid basic theological education, some students may wish to complete their preparation to serve in a particular ecclesiastical body by spending a short time at a denominational seminary. This may, in fact, be required in some denominational bodies.

Theological Education

To the extent that particular practices and doctrinal emphases are distinctively "Reformed," they will be identified with Casimir College, a college within City Seminary of Sacramento that takes its name from the Duke of Neustadt, who founded a theological institute in sixteenth-century Germany as a refuge for students and faculty who were forbidden to preach and teach these Reformation principles in other parts of Europe due to vigorous persecution.

It is our hope that the "city system" which sprang up in Reformation times, in which godly men strove to establish centers for theological education in the various cities of Europe, might once again prove useful and efficacious in our own times. One such city seminary founded in the relatively small city of Geneva, sent out so many young preachers that the kings of Europe threatened to close their borders to stem the flood of the Gospel into their truth-starved regions. It is our prayer that God would use City Seminary of Sacramento in this way.

Theological education in the United States was originally available, in any systematic way, only to students who studied under the tutelage and guidance of individual ministers. Prior to that time, candidates for the ministry often had to travel to Europe for training and ordination. In the eighteenth century there were a number of pastors who were widely known for their willingness to take students under their oversight and guide their reading. Often a single minister was engaged in discipling and preparing a sizable group of students, even from other church bodies.

Present Perspective

It is this same spirit of cooperation, combined with an urgent desire that the Gospel ministry might flourish in our own city, that serves as the wellspring of City Seminary of Sacramento's mission. The seminary is under the oversight of a Board of Governors who share the commitment to godly ecumenicity and fellowship, articulated in this introduction, to the end that God's people in our midst may be ably served by an abundance of faithful and dedicated Gospel ministers. The faculty also may sit with the board in an advisory capacity.

Theological Positions

What We Believe

Christianity is more than a religious experience or a sense of the divine; it involves faith in the truth of Scripture and obedience that results from such faith. Truth is communicated to us in a variety of ways in the Bible, but the result is a body of teachings which provide the content of what we believe. The character of any institution of higher learning will be determined by its view of truth and authority, as well as the implications of both. The faculty publicly vows each year to be faithful to the inerrant Word of God and to the standards of Protestant orthodoxy.

Biblical Authority: Our Final Standard

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We place our trust and faith in Christ alone: in His person, work, and Word. The Bible and it alone, as the Word of Christ, is our final standard for all that we believe and do. It is inspired of God and therefore the absolute authority as truth, inerrant and infallible in all matters, including history and science. The whole counsel of God in Scripture is our standard in every area of life and thought. Because God's Word is authoritative, our Christian walk can and must be founded upon Christian doctrine, to the end that what the Bible says will have consequences in the lives of believers, lighting their path in every area of life.

Presuppositional Apologetics

The perspective which defends this view of biblical authority was most ably presented by the late Dr. Cornelius Van Til. While other apologetical approaches will be studied, the student should be aware that the Van Til apologetic approach will characterize the course of instruction throughout. We do not begin with man, science, reason, geology, experience, etc. We begin with the presupposition that God is Who He says He is, and that His Word is Truth.

Core Beliefs of Protestant Evangelical Christianity

City Seminary of Sacramento, being committed to the historic doctrines of the Reformation, also finds within those doctrines a necessity for increased catholicity (unity) among those who confess Christ in our own age. We must demand from one another adherence to things "most surely believed among us," while recognizing that we do not have complete unity of practice in the modern Church.

Those of different theological emphases will find at City Seminary of Sacramento a classical education in Reformation theology that will serve as a firm foundation, irrespective of denominational differences. Students may enroll from any orthodox Protestant body (Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, non-denominational, etc.) provided they can attest to the following beliefs:

The authority, infallibility, and inerrancy of Scripture

The Trinity

The full deity and humanity of Christ

The fallen nature of man

The substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ

Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone

The future, physical return of Jesus Christ

Mission and Goals

The conviction of City Seminary is that every major metropolitan area in the United States should have a theological center where men can be trained and prepared for the gospel ministry without having to relocate to another area.

Although attendance at denominational seminaries will likely continue to be the norm for most candidates for the ministry, the denominational system is not without problems—primarily of a practical nature. The necessity of uprooting one's family, incurring substantial debt, or being separated from one's home church has proven too great a burden for many who are otherwise qualified.

At City Seminary, we want to make seminary education as accessible as possible for the greatest number of students. We believe that God has called us to minister to the churches in the Sacramento area in this way. Our goal is to provide a classical theological seminary education for ministerial candidates and to offer continuing theological education for those already active in the ministry.

Our goal is to minister to all within the believing Church who seek to improve their theological knowledge and skills, while also offering a distinctive Reformed "track" for those more particularly seeking to serve in Reformed and Presbyterian ecclesiastical bodies.

1. Developing new church leaders

The first of these goals is pursued through the development of a community of pastors and teachers seeking together the meaning of Scripture and its interpretation for human life, and the provision of facilities for theological research.

Instruction will include, but not be limited to, biblical languages, history and exegesis, biblical and systematic theology, church history, missions, sermon preparation and delivery, pastoral ministry and church-planting, as well as other courses of a practical nature to assist and prepare candidates for gospel outreach and ministry.

2. Training those already in church ministry

The second goal is the provision of additional theological training for men already ordained to the Gospel ministry, as well as other church officers and members, utilizing the resources of the institution to serve the continuing needs of the churches in the Sacramento region. Pastoral instruction shall include the fruits of biblical, theological, apologetic, historical, and practical studies.

Those currently serving in the ministry will also benefit, along with new students, from instruction in "practicing the peace of the church," i.e., learning how to deal with conflicts in the local church in a biblical and God-honoring manner.

3. Providing instruction for those in Reformed and Presbyterian churches

For those seeking a distinctively Reformed emphasis, enrollment within the Seminary in Casimir College will provide a thorough education in Reformed confessions and polity


Faculty

Faculty

The most important factor shaping your theological education is the faculty who will be teaching you. Students not only learn from well-educated professors, but have the opportunity to be mentored by mature men of God. Our faculty is comprised of ordained men who are serving as pastors and preachers to God's people. They seek to unite biblical knowledge with a zeal for God's truth and personal godliness.

Each faculty member has academic experience which, combined, provides comprehensive and integrated theological training. We are blessed by God to have such a united team dedicated to providing students with sound teaching.

Theological training is far more than learning facts and ideas; it is becoming a mature disciple of Jesus Christ. Our professors take a personal interest in each student, helping each to become a man of God equipped to serve Christ in the ministry of His church. Our Dean of Students meets regularly with students, giving counsel regarding academic work, spiritual life, personal calling, and ministry opportunities.

Rev. Eric Bristley

Adjunct Professor of Apologetics

Professor Bristley brings his zeal for the gospel and its defense to challenge students to earnestly contend for the faith and gain the wisdom whereby they can distinguish between biblical truth and various spiritual counterfeits.

EDUCATION

B.A., Covenant College (1978)
M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary (1984)
Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary (1989)

MINISTRY

Trinity Reformed Church, Cincinnati, OH (1984–1985)
Grace Presbyterian Chapel, Rocky Mount, VA (1991–1993)
Providence Presbyterian Church, Madison, WI (1998–2004)
Covenant Reformed Church, Grass Valley, CA (2004–2011)
Grace Reformed Church, Willows, CA (2011–present)

PUBLICATIONS

Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck, Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2008
Guide to the Writings of Cornelius Van Til, 1895-1987. Chicago: Olive Tree Press, 1995
The Works of Cornelius Van Til (CD-ROM) Editor
Co-author, God's Wonderful Works: Creation in Six Days, Arlington Heights, IL: Christian Liberty Press, 1998
Co-author, Streams of Civilization: Cultures in Conflict Since the Reformation, vol. 2. Arlington Heights, IL: Christian Liberty Press
The James I. Good Collection (CD-ROM), editor
Journey Magazine and the Reformed Herald, articles

Rev. Sam Powell

Adjunct Professor of Hebrew

Professor Powell's enthusiasm for teaching Hebrew and related studies stems from his love for and commitment to the Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of the living God. He challenges his students to read the Old Testament as its author, the Holy Spirit, intended.

EDUCATION

M.Div., New Geneva Seminary, 2008

MINISTRY

High Plains Reformed Church, Calhan, Colorado. 2004-2007
First Reformed Church, Yuba City, California, 2007- present
Publications and Promotions Committee of the Reformed Church in the United States, Chairman

PUBLICATIONS

Various articles – Reformed Herald and Leben magazine
Primary author of "Promoting a Biblical Sexual Morality," a report commissioned by the Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States

Rev. Dennis Roe

Dean of Students

Pastor Roe's extensive experience in overseeing the work of Westminster Biblical Missions and his love for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ bring vitality and excitement to evangelism and missions.

EDUCATION

B.A., Biblical Studies, John Wesley College (1979)
M.Div. Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church (1979)

TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR

Christian Liberty Academy, Brookfield, Wisconsin (1979–1982)

MINISTRY

Covenant Reformed Church, Carbondale, PA (1982–1995)
Covenant Reformed Church, Grass Valley, CA (1995–present)

CHAPLAINCY

Chaplain for the 25th Infantry Division Association (1995–2000)
Chaplain for the ¾ Cavalry Association (2000–present)

MISSIONS

Board Member Westminster Biblical Missions (1983–1988)
Recording Secretary Westminster Biblical Missions (1984–1989)
Foreign Missions Committee, The Reformed Church in the U.S. (1985–1988)
Mission trips to Taiwan, South Korea, Pakistan, Central and Eastern Europe, Holland, and Mexico
General Secretary for Westminster Biblical Missions (1990–present)

PUBLICATIONS

Reformed Herald, articles
Flashes (25th Infantry Division Association) articles
McKenzies’ Raiders (3/4 Cavalry Association) articles
Monthly newsletter for Westminster Biblical Missions

Rev. Michael Voytek

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament

Professor Voytek brings to City Seminary not only a passion for the Hebrew language, but also a teaching methodology that engages the inquiring student.

EDUCATION

M.Div. Westminster Theological Seminary, CA (1997)

MINISTRY

Harvest Reformed Church, Minot, ND (1997–2001)
Providence Reformed Church, Lodi, CA (2001–2012)
Rehoboth Reformed Chapel, La Habra, CA (2012–present)

PUBLICATIONS

Reformed Herald articles
Christian Advancement articles

Dr. Frank Walker

Professor of Historical Theology

Dr. Walker brings to the classroom a scholarly understanding and great enthusiasm for Church History, New Testament, and related subjects, presenting them in a stimulating fashion.

EDUCATION

B.A. Covenant College (1985)
M.Div. Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church (1985; Diploma 1980)
Th.M. Whitefield Theological Seminary (1998)
Ph.D. Whitefield Theological Seminary (2003)

MINISTRY

Trinity Reformed Church, Cincinnati, OH (1986–1989)
Peace Reformed Church, Napoleon, OH (1989–1995)
Grace Reformed Church, Bakersfield, CA (1995–2000)
Covenant Reformed Church, Sacramento, CA (2000–present)
Stated Clerk of the Synod of the RCUS (1991–1995, 1996–2003)

PUBLICATIONS

"The Theology of the Eastern Church and Mercersburg" in You Shall Be My People: A Continuing Heritage Celebrating the 250th Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States (1995)
"The Framework Hypothesis." Whitefield Theological Seminary Position Papers #1 (Fall 1998)
Review of "Law and Gospel: Philip Melanchthon's Debate with John Agricola of Eisleben over Poenitentia" by Timothy Wengert in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (June 2001)

Rev. Jim West

Professor of Pastoral Theology

Professor West's scholarship and writing skills have gained recognition far beyond the classroom. Systematic Theology and Practical Ministry assume new and deeper dimensions under his instruction. Insights gained from his lectures challenge students to confront today's issues from the Word of God.

EDUCATION:

B.A. Pasadena College (1968)
M.Div. / B.D. Westminster Theological Seminary (1972)

MINISTRY:

Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church (1972–1975)
Grace Community Church, San Jose, CA (1975–1983)
Ebenezer Reformed Church, Shafter, CA (1983–1986)
Covenant Reformed Church, Sacramento, CA (1986–2013)

PUBLICATIONS (books):

The Baptism of Children in the Old and New Covenants
Daddy, When Should I Take the Lord's Supper?

ARTICLES:

Articles in Table Talk, Modern Reformation, Westminster Theological Journal, Banner of Truth magazine, Chalcedon Report, Reformed Herald.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The curriculum at City Seminary is thorough, rigorous and broad. Based upon the classical approach once embraced by most Protestant seminaries, the school emphasizes core subjects a well-prepared minister needs, divided into classical divisions:

  • Apologetics
  • Church History
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Practical Theolgoy
  • Systematic Theology

For those seeking a distinctively Reformed emphasis, enrollment within the Seminary in Casimir College will provide a thorough education in Reformed confessions and polity.

For further information, you may download our catalog here.

Apologetics

AP101 and 501 — Introduction to Apologetics

A study of the presuppositional method of apologetics as the proper Biblical strategy for defending the faith. Attention will be given to competing methodologies, including rationalism, empiricism (evidentialism) and irrationalism. (2 hours*).

AP121 and 521 — Evidences

An investigation into the use of evidences in apologetics. Issues of concern are the value of evidences, the historical reliability of the Bible and textual criticism. Attention will be given to the philosophical deficiencies of the theory of evolution. (2 hours. Prerequisite: AP101/501*).

AP 201 and 601 — Applied Apologetics

The application of the presuppositional method of apologetics. Readings will focus on specific challenges to the Christian faith. (2 hours. Prerequisites: AP101/501*).

AP241 and 641 — Christian Worldview

Explores the implications of biblical truth for a Christian philosophy of life. The study includes a survey of the development of Christian philosophy and contemporary trends. (2 hours*).

AP251 and 651 — Modern Cults

A study of the modern cult phenomenon, examining the history and distinctives of popular cults. (elective; 2 hours*).

Church History

CH231 and 631 — Ancient Church History

A study of the ancient church from the birth of Christ through the accession of Pope Gregory I (AD 590). Emphasis will be given to the development of doctrine, worship, ecclesiology, and the growth of the papacy. (2 hours).

CH 241 and 641 — Medieval Church History

A study of the doctrinal and organizational development of the church in the Middle Ages. The effects of scholasticism and the sacerdotal theology on European church and society will be considered. (2 hours).

CH245 and 645 — Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Theology

A seminar in primary source materials from the first century through the middle ages. (elective; 2 hours. Prerequisites: CH231/631 and CH241/641).

CH351 and 651 — Reformation Church History

A study of the sixteenth-century Reformation, focusing on the pre-Reformers, the relationship between the Renaissance and the Reformation, the work of the Reformers (specifically Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Knox), and the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. (2 hours).

CH355 and 655 — Seminar in Reformation Theology

A seminar in primary source materials from chief Reformers of the sixteenth century. Attention will be given to distinguishing the views of the various authors. (elective; 2 hours. Prerequisites: CH351/651).

CH371 and 671 — Modern Church History

A study of doctrinal developments since the Reformation. Attention will be given to changes within Lutheranism, Calvinism, Evangelicalism and Romanism. An examination of modern theological liberalism will be included. (2 hours).

CH391 and 691 — American Church History

A study of the issues of American Protestantism. Topics will include New England Puritanism, Edwards and the New Divinity, the impact of the Civil War and slavery on the development of the American church, Princeton and the Southern Presbyterians, Darwinism and the Social Gospel. (2 hours).

CH451 and 751 — Confession of the Church and Social Order

An historical consideration of the Christian creeds from the apostles to the present. Particular attention will be given to the early ecumenical creeds and the confessions of the Reformation. The effects of these creeds on church and society will also be considered. (2 hours.* Prerequisites: CH231/631, CH351/651. The student may elect to take CC311/711 and CC312/712 in place of this course).

New Testament

NT101 — Elements of Greek Grammar I

A study of New Testament Greek, including orthography, grammar, syntax and vocabulary, including selected readings from the New Testament. (4 hours).

NT102 — Elements of Greek Grammar II

A continuation of NT101. (4 hours. Prerequisite: NT101).

NT131 — Advanced Greek Grammar

Study of Greek syntax: cases, moods, and tenses. The purpose is to acquaint the reader of the Greek New Testament with the linguistic constructions found in the New Testament. (2 hours. Prerequisite: NT102).

NT201 and 601 — New Testament Survey I

A study of the New Testament books (Matthew through 2 Thessalonians), considering authorship, date, occasion, theme, purpose and outline. (elective; 2 hours*).

NT202 and 602 — New Testament Survey II

A study of the New Testament books (1 Timothy through Revelation), considering authorship, date, occasion, theme, purpose and outline. (elective; 2 hours*).

NT351 and 651 — New Testament Introduction

A consideration of the text of the New Testament, focusing on the origin and transmission of the text. Special attention will be given to the office of the apostolate, the concept of canon and textual criticism. (2 hours. Prerequisite: NT102).

NT371 and 671 — New Testament Biblical Theology

An intensive study of the history of redemption as found in the New Testament. Attention will be given to the use of the Old Testament by Christ and the apostles, as well as the development of apostolic doctrine. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: NT102).

NT381 and 681 — New Testament History and Society

A view of the world in which the New Testament was written. This course will consider the political, cultural, philosophical, religious challenges faced by first-century believers and how they impacted the church. (2 hours*).

NT411 and 711 — Exegesis of the Gospel of Mark

Integrated exegetical study of Mark, including introduction, history, textual criticism and an evaluation of genres and themes. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: NT131).

NT431 and 731 — Exegesis of Ephesians

Integrated exegetical study of Ephesians, including introduction, history, textual criticism and an evaluation of genres and themes. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: NT131. The student may elect to take CC471/771 in place of this course).

Old Testament

OT101 — Elements of Hebrew Grammar I

A study of Old Testament Hebrew, including orthography, grammar, syntax and vocabulary, including selected readings from the Old Testament. (4 hours).

OT102 — Elements of Hebrew Grammar II

A continuation of OT101. (4 hours. Prerequisite: OT101).

OT131 — Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Study of the basic principles of exegesis through the translation of selected Old Testament passages. (2 hours. Prerequisite: OT102).

OT201 and 601 — Old Testament Survey I

A study of the Old Testament books (Genesis through the Song of Solomon), considering authorship, date, occasion, theme, purpose and outline. (elective; 2 hours*).

OT202 and 602 — Old Testament Survey II

A study of the Old Testament books (Isaiah through Malachi), considering authorship, date, occasion, theme, purpose and outline. (elective; 2 hours*).

OT351 and 651 — Old Testament Introduction

Investigates the evidence bearing on the authenticity and trustworthiness of the Old Testament, including the establishment of the canon, history and versions of the text and methods of interpretation. Emphasis will be given to the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch and the negative effects of the Graf-Wellhausen theory. (2 hours. Prerequisite: OT102).

OT371 and 671 — Old Testament Biblical Theology

Examines the nature and formation of Old Testament theology, with special attention given to the outworking of salvation within the context of the divine covenants. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: OT102).

OT401 and 701 — Exegesis of Hebrew Narrative and Law

A study of the unique contributions of the Hebrew language to an understanding of the narrative and law of the Old Testament, especially the writings of Moses. Selected passages of the Old Testament will be read and studied. Attention will be given to the narrative structure of the creation account of Genesis 1 and 2. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: OT131).

OT423 and 723 — Exegesis of Hebrew Poetry and Prophecy

A consideration of the unique style and contribution of Hebrew to the poetry and prophetic literature of the Old Testament. Selected passages will be studied in detail. Attention will be given to the method of interpreting and applying the text. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: OT131).

OT434 and 734 — Exegesis of the Psalms

An exegesis of the Psalms, focusing on their historical and theological setting. Selected Psalms will be assigned. Attention will be given to the method of interpreting and applying the text. (elective; 2 hour.* Prerequisite: OT131).

Practical Theology

PT131 and 531 — Pastoral Theology

Provides a theology of the gospel ministry with special attention being given to the idea of "call" versus "vocation," the nature of Christian service, the primacy of the teaching ministry, and the contribution of the pastor's life to his ministry. (2 hours. Not open to women students).

PT141 and 641 — Worship and Preaching

A study of the nature and importance of Biblical worship, the centrality of preaching, the elements of worship, essential versus accidental characteristics of worship, and the Word of God as a means of grace. Attention will also be given to teaching others how to develop personal and family worship practices. (2 hours. Not open to women students).

PT161 and 561 — Pastoral Care and Counseling

Considers the routines of daily pastoral ministry, including good study habits, accurate record keeping (church and personal), discipleship, visitation, conducting weddings and funerals, and working with a church board. This course will also focus on counseling — bringing the Word of God to bear upon various circumstances of life, e.g., birth, sickness, death, marriage, etc. (2 hours. Not open to women students).

PT171 and 571 — Marriage and Family Issues

This course will examine various issues in marriage and family relationships, with an emphasis on how to build strong relationships within the Christian home. (elective; 2 hours).

PT201 and 601 — Hermeneutics

An examination of the history and principles of Biblical interpretation. Special attention will be given to the analogy of faith (i.e., "comparing Scripture with Scripture") and the grammatico-historical method (2 hours*).

PT211 and 611 — Introductory Homiletics

A look at the Biblical approach to preparing sermons, including a study of the types of sermons, outline structure, illustrations, applications and the dynamics of delivery. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: PT201/601. Not open to women students).

PT212 and 612 — Advanced Homiletics

A continuation of Introductory Homiletics. (2 hours. Prerequisite: PT211/611).

PT321 and 621 — Preaching Practicum

Students who have completed the necessary prerequisites will be automatically registered for this course for a total of six semesters. The preaching practicum includes preaching in chapel, submitting written sermons and preaching outside the classroom. Each semester in which a student preaches in chapel will count as one-third of a credit. (A total of 2 hours is needed. Prerequisites: PT201/601, PT211/611, plus two Systematic Theology courses and one Bible Survey course. Not open to women students).

PT411 and 711 — Church Education and Discipleship

An overview of the Biblical principles of discipleship within the context of the local church's ministry, including theological foundations, goals, methods, curriculum, organization, leadership and evaluation of the teaching/learning process for various settings and age groups. (2 hours*).

PT441 and 741 — Evangelism

A study of the biblical foundations, principles and methods of communicating the Gospel to unconverted persons, both within our own cultural contexts and among other cultures. This course will focus on personal evangelism and the role of evangelism in the life of the church. (2 hours*).

PT451 and 751 — Missions

An examination of the Biblical teaching on the worldwide missionary outreach of the church, with attention given to current issues that shape missionary endeavor. The missionary call, goals and challenges of foreign ministry, as well as the local pastor's role in encouraging the support of foreign missions will be considered. (2 hours*).

PT499 and 799 — Internship

Five hundred hours of supervised field education in a local church, the purpose of which is to provide the student with "hands on" experience in order to test and develop his gifts for the ministry. (3 hours).

Systematic Theology

ST151 and 551 — Biblical Ethics

The development of a Christian world-and-life view. Examination of the Scriptural basis for ethics, including the role of the Ten Commandments in the construction and application of ethics to the modern world. Church-state issues will also be considered. (2 hours*).

ST191 and 591 — Prolegomena

An examination of theological method, the nature of Biblical revelation, verbal inspiration, inerrancy and infallibility. (2 hours.* Students should have a working familiarity with ancient and modern philosophy).

ST210 and 601 — Theology Proper

A study of the existence and knowability of God, his attributes, the Trinity and the decrees of God. Attention will be given to the doctrine of creation and its importance for Biblical study. (2 hours*).

ST211 and 611 — Anthropology

A study of the origin and nature of man, his creation in the image of God, the Fall and its effects on creation. (2 hours*).

ST321 and 621 — Christology

A consideration of the Covenant of Redemption and the Covenant of Grace, as effectuated in the person and work of Christ. Attention will be given to the natures, offices and states of Christ. (2 hours*).

ST331 and 631 — Soteriology

A study of the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation, focusing in particular on regeneration, effectual calling, conversion, faith, justification, adoption, sanctification and the perseverance of the saints. (2 hours*).

ST341 and 641 — Ecclesiology

An investigation into the nature of the church, its government and authority, including the means appointed by the Savior to work and confirm faith in his people. (2 hours).

ST351 and 651 — Eschatology

A study of the last things, including death, the intermediate state, the Second Coming, the Resurrection, the final judgment and life everlasting. Consideration will be given to the millennial views and the final state of unbelievers. (2 hours*).

ST421 and 721 — Contemporary Theology

A consideration of current trends in theology. Attention will be given to the major churches. The New Perspective on Paul and Postmodernism will be examined at length. (elective; 2 hours*).

Casimir College

These courses are required of RCUS students in the B.D. and M.Div. programs. Other students may take them as electives.

CC311 and 711 — Heidelberg Catechism

A detailed study of the history and theology of the Heidelberg Catechism. (2 hours*).

CC312 and 712 — Belgic Confession and Canons of Dort

A detailed study of the history and theology of the Belgic Confession of Faith and the Canons of Dort. Attention will be given to the false teachings of James Arminius and his followers, and the response of the Synod of Dordrecht (1618–19). (2 hours*).

CC331 and 731 — Government and History of the Reformed Church in the United States

A consideration of the uniqueness of the Reformed Church in the United States in regard to its history and form of government. Distinctive positions of the RCUS will be studied. (2 hours. Prerequisite: ST441/641).

CC451 and 751 — Covenant Theology

A Biblical-theological study of the divine covenants of Scripture, with special attention on their role in the life of the church. Attention will be given to the sacraments as signs and seals of the covenant, and Calvin's understanding of "covenant confirmation" as practiced in the Reformed Church in the United States. (2 hours.* Prerequisites: ST211/611, ST321/621, ST441/641).

CC471 and 771 Exegesis of Romans

An exegetical study of the Greek text of the book of Romans, focusing on its major themes of sin, redemption and thankfulness. The correct method of presenting and defending the faith will be emphasized throughout. (2 hours.* Prerequisite: NT131).


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Non-Discrimination Policy

open house 004City Seminary admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all of its academic programs. It does not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, and scholarship programs.

Female Students

However, believing that the Bible restricts the offices of church leadership to males, women students will not be admitted to the Seminary's B.D. or M.Div. degree programs and are not permitted to enroll in some classes in the Practical Theology Department (please see course descriptions). They may enroll in all other courses or degree programs and, upon satisfactory completion, will receive the appropriate certificate or degree.

Note the following Scriptures:

The Bible restricts those who may serve in an office in the church to male believers, and therefore our theological training refects this.

Titus 1:5f. For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you- if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

1 Tim. 3:2f. This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

2 Tim. 2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Financial Aid

City Seminary of Sacramento seeks to provide a sound, biblical, theological education to all qualified candidates for the ministry and to those who seek to improve their understanding of God's Word. Although scholarship funds—which are supplied by the generous contributions of local churches, church members and City Seminary sponsored events—are limited, it is the goal of City Seminary that all those who desire to enroll in classes for credit may do so, irrespective of financial ability. Please submit the online Financial Aid form or fill out and mail the form. A member of the Financial Aid Committee will contact you.

Mission to the City Scholarships

In order to qualify for a "Mission to the City" scholarship, a candidate must:

Be recommended by his pastor or church governing body
Agree to remain under the authority of his local church
Be a resident of the Sacramento region
Plan to pursue a degree
Agree to be open, upon graduation, to a call to the preaching ministry in the Sacramento area from his local church or denomination (a call which, obviously, may or may not materialize)
Agree to diligently attend scheduled classes (no more than 2 unexcused absences per course)

The candidate's pastor or governing board must also agree to supervise the student's seminary education, to the end that he may be properly prepared to minister in the denomination or church body that has served as his sponsor. If the applicant is already serving in the pastorate, application should be made for a "Ministerial Scholarship."

Ministerial Scholarships

In order to qualify for a Ministerial Scholarship a candidate must:

Be recommended by his pastor or church governing body
Agree to remain under the authority of his local church
Agree to diligently attend scheduled classes (no more than 2 unexcused absences per course)
Those already ordained to the ministry agree to remain under the oversight of the ordaining body, or the governing entity of the church in which the applicant serves.

General Aid Scholarships

In order to qualify for a General Aid Scholarship a candidate must:

Be recommended by his pastor or church governing body
Agree to remain under the authority of his local church
Agree to diligently attend scheduled classes (no more than 2 unexcused absences per course)

Note:

  1. Scholarship aid programs range from $225 to $2,700 per semester.
  2. If two or more classes in a course are missed without excuse, one-half of the scholarship amount must be repaid.
  3. Scholarships will be forfeited if student changes from credit to audit.
  4. If a student with scholarship aid drops out or does not complete the course work, then payment will be required in accordance with the "Withdrawal from Classes" policy as listed in the catalog.

If you would like to help fund City Seminary's scholarship programs, you may donate online.

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee

An application fee of $25 should accompany each completed application.

Tuition

City Seminary of Sacramento operates on the semester system. Fees are per semester hour. Tuition schedules are the same for all students enrolling for credit.

  • Tuition per semester credit hour: $225
  • Audited courses per semester hour: $50
  • Maximum tuition per semester: $2,700

Financial Aid Scholarships for Tuition Assistance

City Seminary provides scholarships to qualifying students. These scholarships are available to offset a portion of tuition payments for those in need of financial assistance. Read about our Financial Aid offerings and then apply online or download a form.

Auditing

Students may also audit courses, when space is available, for an audit fee of $50 per credit hour (Note: Christian school teachers who are seeking to fulfill their ACSI CEUs also qualify for the $50 rate). Students will not receive credit for audited courses. Students should note that those auditing a course do not have the privilege of the floor in classroom discussions, nor will they hand in assignments or undergo examinations. A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required.

Books and Materials

Books and other course materials shall be listed with each course and are the responsibility of the student (note: scholarships do not cover the ocst of books). All required materials and books will be available through the bookstore at cost.

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Class Schedule

Most courses will be offered on weekday evenings and on Saturday to best accommodate the schedules of working students.

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Degree Programs

Degrees Awarded

walker teaching v2City Seminary grants four degrees which fall into two categories, graduate and undergraduate (described below). Auditing and a non-degree certificate of study are also available. Both male and female students may earn degrees; however, only male students are admitted to the two divinity degree programs.

Graduate Degrees:

  1. Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)
  2. Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

Undergraduate Degrees:

  1. Associate of Theological Studies (A.T.S.)
  2. Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)

Graduate Degree Programs of Study

These degrees are available for those who have secured at least a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and successfully complete all the requirements of the program for graduation. All graduate degree programs require that the student has first earned an undergraduate college degree, typically a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

1. Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

The program of study for the M.Div. is designed to produce a well-rounded, knowledgable, and competent minister of the gospel. The M.Div. is a graduate degree awarded to those who have successfully completed 98 semester credit hours in the disciplines of Systematics, Biblical Languages, Apologetics, Church History, Pastoral Studies, and studies in both Old and New Testament. All courses offered at City Seminary are required for this degree, except those marked "elective."   There is an order to theological instruction that builds upon previously laid foundations. Students should attempt, whenever possible, to take courses in the recommended sequence. A suggested schedule may be secured from the Registrar. Students from the Reformed Church in the United States are to complete the Casimir College curriculum as well. The M.Div. normally takes a full-time student four years to complete.

2. Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

The degree of Master of Theological Studies is a graduate degree awarded to those who have completed 48 semester credit hours of seminary instruction. Each candidate for this degree must choose an area of concentration, e.g., Apologetics, Church History, New Testament, Old Testament, Practical Theology, or Systematics. All non-elective courses in the chosen area of concentration, as well as their prerequisites, will be required for the degree. Further, PT601, ST551 and ST591 will be required for each concentration. The student will complete his degree with courses from the other disciplines. The M.T.S. normally takes a full-time student two years to complete.

Note: The M.T.S. degree may be subsequently awarded to those who have earned the Associate of Theological Studies (A.T.S.) degree upon presentation, at a later date, of evidence that the graduate has earned and been awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. At the time of application for the upgraded degree, the student must pay a fifty dollar ($50) fee and submit a thirty-page paper, with a minimum bibliography of thirty recognized scholarly resources, demonstrating his ability to integrate theological education with other disciplines of learning.

Undergraduate Degree Programs of Study

These two degrees are for those who have not completed a college degree program of study:  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). City Seminary offers two undergraduate degrees to non-college graduates, provided that such applicants have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Although it is customary for theological students to secure a baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts (B.A.) before entering seminary, City Seminary recognizes that unusual circumstances often prevent this (for example, a man may be called to the ministry later in life). Undergraduate students must register for courses with division numbers less than 500. The requirements for these courses will be commensurate with an undergraduate level of study.

1. The Degree of Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)

The Bachelor of Divinity degree (B.D.) is an undergraduate degree awarded to those who have successfully completed 98 semester hours of credit in undergraduate courses. All undergraduate courses offered at the seminary are required for this degree, except those specifically marked "elective." Instruction will include the following disciplines: Apologetics, Church History, Old and New Testaments (including the original languages of Scripture), Pastoral Theology, and Systematic Theology. Students from the Reformed Church in the United States are to complete the Casimir College curriculum as well.

2. The Degree of Associate of Theological Studies (A.T.S.)

As with the B.D. program (see above), City Seminary may admit a limited number of students without a baccalaureate degree into its A.T.S. program. Restrictions identical to those for the B.D. program apply.

Note: The M.T.S. degree may be subsequently awarded to those who have earned the Associate of Theological Studies (A.T.S.) degree upon presentation, at a later date, of evidence that the graduate has earned and been awarded a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. At the time of application for the upgraded degree, the student must pay a fifty dollar ($50) fee and submit a thirty-page paper, with a minimum bibliography of thirty recognized scholarly resources, demonstrating his ability to integrate theological education with other disciplines of learning.

Certificate of Study

City Seminary also offers the Certified Program of Study. This program is designed especially for those currently serving in the ministry who feel a deficiency in a particular area of study, or who wish to concentrate their efforts in a given discipline without necessarily embarking on a degree program. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of required classes and by recommendation of the faculty. Credits earned in certificated programs will, in most cases, count toward completion of the seminary degree, should the student later choose to pursue that goal.

Certificates will be offered in each department of theological study (Apologetics, Church History, New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology, and Pastoral Theology). Students desiring to enroll in a certificated program in Systematic Theology must be able to demonstrate a minimal knowledge of the Greek language and historical philosophy.

How To Apply

Should you wish to enter a degree program, you will be asked to complete a separate “Degree Program” application, however, it is not necessary to declare a major or degree program to apply for admission. Upon acceptance into City Seminary, the prospective student must also complete a registration form for the classes they wish to attend.

Tuition schedules are the same for all students enrolling for credit (i.e. $225 per credit hour). Students may also audit courses, when space is available, for an audit fee of $50 per credit hour (Note: Christian school teachers who are seeking to fulfill their ACSI CEUs also qualify for the $50 rate). Students will not receive credit for audited courses. Students should note that those auditing a course do not have the privilege of the floor in classroom discussions, nor will they hand in assignments or undergo examinations. A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required.

open house 026NOTE: Financial assistance is available for all qualified students. You may find information about scholarships here.

The following provides information on filling out an Applications Form, submitting proper credentials, and fulfilling other prerequisites for the program. In order to be admitted to a degree program in the Seminary, every applicant must do the following:

1. Fill out and submit the application form to the Registrar.

In order to be admitted as a regular student in the Seminary, the applicant must submit a completed "General Studies" application form (click here to use our online application, or click here to download a pdf form), along with a non-refundable fee of $25 to:

The Registrar
City Seminary of Sacramento
2020 16th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822

2. Choose a degree program.

Choose a degree program. Students are not required to select a degree for admission to the Seminary, but are encouraged to do so. Upon selection of a degree, a letter of recommendation from the minister or governing board of the church of which the applicant is a member, or other satisfactory source, stating the applicant's moral character, general ability, and special fitness to pursue theological studies is required.

3. Send a transcript of previous academic work.

Upon admittance to a degree program, a full academic transcript of the applicant's college and/or high school work must be submitted. If more than one college was attended, there should be a transcript from each. If the applicant has not completed a regular course of academic study, the applicant may be required to sustain examinations in subjects essential in order to profitably matriculate into the course of study at the Seminary.

This letter should be forwarded to the Registrar of the Seminary at the above address as soon as the student has determined to enroll. Applicants for the M.Div. or M.T.S. degrees must provide a transcript showing the attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its academic equivalent, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Courses in the undergraduate program should include philosophy, history, and languages.

Additional Steps which may be required

The Seminary may grant admission on the basis of the credentials submitted, or it may make one or more of the following requests of the candidate:

1. Personal Interview: Meet with a representative of the Seminary for a personal interview.

2. Take a GRE: Take one or more of the Graduate Record Examinations administered six times a year at various centers throughout the country.

3. Provide a physician's health certificate. Note: The Seminary does not carry medical insurance for students. Health insurance is the sole responsibility of each student.

4. Take the English Language Proficiency Test: All international and English-as-second-language (ESL) students applying for admission must submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 is required for admission and must include the writing section (TWE), which is administered in September, October, March, and May. Applicants who score 600 or lower on the TOEFL must enroll in the ESL program at Sacramento City College or other approved program. To register for the TOEFL/TWE test, contact:

TOEFL/TWE SERVICES, P. O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
Telephone: 609-771-7100  Website

6. Demonstrate a Knowledge of the English Bible: Every student is expected to have a thorough knowledge of the English language Bible. To expect to profit from seminary instruction apart from a thirst for God's Word is a waste of the time of student and instructor alike. Every prospective Minister of the Gospel must make the Bible his constant companion. It is assured that no student indifferent to God's Word will succeed at City Seminary of Sacramento. Although a love for God's Word and a genuine familiarity with the texts of Scripture are essential, it is also recognized that most students will lack the systematic tools necessary to take full advantage of the course of instruction. To address this common deficiency, introductory survey courses are included in both the New and Old Testament curricula.

7. Take a Preliminary Test In Greek: A preliminary examination is administered for those wishing to establish a proficiency in Greek, enabling those who pass the exam to enroll in New Testament courses without further language courses. Prospective students are encouraged to include Greek language in their undergraduate work, when possible. Greek is a prerequisite for New Testament courses and may be taken as part of the student's seminary program of instruction.

Get Started

Where Should I Begin?

If you are interested in pursuing a course of study at City Seminary we suggest that you take the following steps:

1. Discern your calling.

Spend some serious time in prayer seeking God's will for your life. Then discuss how you believe Christ is calling you to serve Him in the church with the pastor(s) and elders of your church. You may also speak with our Dean of Students. We also have placed on our web site several articles that may assist you.

open house 0112. Visit us at one of our open house events.

Attend one of our Open House events to meet our staff and professors and discuss any questions you may have. 

3. Decide on a program of study.

Read through the information on our website to learn about City Seminary and decide which degree program you would like to enter and which courses you would like to take. Click here to learn about our programs of study.

4. Apply to be a student (for new students).

Learn about our requirements for admission. Then apply to be admitted as a student at City Seminary and enter a program of study. Click here to enroll.

5. Register for courses (for enrolled students).

Register for one or more of the Courses offered each semester. Click here for the classes offered for the current semester and to register (Note: only some classes are offered each semester)

6. Pay for classes or receive financial aid.

Pay your tuition or apply for financial aid. Click here for tuition information or here for financial aid.

7. Faithfully attend classes.


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How To Enroll

To become a student at City Seminary, register for classes, or apply for student assistance, you will need to fill out the required forms. These forms enable the school to manage the classes and provide for accurate transcripts of your work.

Online Enrollment

All of our forms are now available for filling out online. Click on the proper form and fill it out by typing the information into the various sections and fields. When you have finished, please click the submit button to send the form to us.

  • If you are a new student, you must fill-out the "Application for Admission" and "Registration" forms. Our Registrar will contact you regarding your application.
  • If you are a returning student, you only need to fill-out the "Registration" form.
  • Both new and returning students who wish to apply for tuition scholarships must fill-out the "Financial Aid" form for each new semester.

Downloadable Forms

We also have our forms in downloadable PDF (Acrobat) format for you to print out locally. You can then fill out the forms and mail them to us.

Printed Forms

When you attend the Open House we will have all the forms necessary in printed form and you can fill them out there.

Semester Class Schedule

The list of classes for the current semester may be found HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Support

Golf Tournament 2015

City Seminary says "Thank You" to all our sponsors and golfers for a succesful 2015 tournament!

City Seminary of Sacramento allows local students to study without leaving home, relocating their families, leaving their jobs, leave the oversight of their local churches or incur school debt. According to a report by the American Association of Theological Schools, the average tuition cost of a traditional seminary education in America is $15,235 per year—and that is not including books, room and board, or other expenses. The vast majority of the students that City Seminary serves simply cannot afford such tuition. But thanks to the continuing sponsorship support of Sacramento's business community, City Seminary is able to offer a wide range of scholarships, and as a result no qualified student has been denied admission due to financial constraints. These unique sponsorships have placed City Seminary among the nation's most affordable seminary programs.

A key component in our efforts to provide scholarships to City Seminary students is our annual golf tournament. This year's tournament was held at beautiful Morgan Creek Golf Club, one of Northern California's premier golf clubs and banquet facilities in Roseville, CA. The event included a 4-person scramble, lunch and with an awards dinner that followed the golf tournament. Feature events included: Putting Contest, Hole-in-One Contests, Closest-to-the-Pin Contest, Longest Drive Contest, Mulligans, Player Gifts, Prizes and Awards, Raffle Extravaganza and Auction.

 

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Car Gift

Cars

We have partnered with V-Dac.com (Vehicle Donation to Any Charity) which accepts most vehicles, including cars, trucks, trailers, boats and RVs. The donation process is easy online or by phone.

To get started, simply fill out the short Vehicle Gift Form, or call 1-877-999-8322 and our program partner V-Dac.com can arrange to have your car, truck, boat or RV picked up in all 50 states!

When your vehicle is sold, the proceeds will go to City Seminary of Sacramento. You may also be able to deduct the fair market value of your vehicle as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes.

  • If you have any questions before starting, please send us an Email

Annuity Program

City Seminary's Gift Annuity Program

Receive safe, guaranteed payments for life while helping City Seminary train the next generation of pastors!

How can I help City Seminary and also receive lifetime income?

By far, the best way to accomplish that goal is to establish a "Charitable Gift Annuity."

Thanks to a generous provision of the tax code, you can continue to receive fixed monthly checks for life when you list City Seminary as the beneficiary of your charitable gift annuity.

Your payments are guaranteed, and never fluc­tuate for your entire lifetime, and they are signifi­cantly higher than the rates one would typically receive with an investment like a certificate of deposit.

Make no mistake, it is a charitable gift, as opposed to an investment. The "investment," ultimately, will be in the ministry you choose to support. When you and your spouse (if you choose a two-person annuity) die, the remaining funds go to support the work of City Seminary.

To qualify, you need to be 55 years of age or older. The older you are, the higher the payments you will receive for life. As many other Christian colleges and ministries have done, City Seminary has selected WaterStone as our "service provider."

City Seminary's gift annuity program fits every need, every lifestyle.

Use Our Gift Calculator

Deduction calculations are available for gift annuities, remainder unitrusts, remainder annuity trusts and lead trusts. These calculations are provided solely for educational purposes and are not professional tax or legal advice. Individuals should consult a qualified professional advisor about their specific situation.

Gift Calculator

An Example

Bob Hermann, a widower, is 75 years old and would like to support the scholarship fund of City Seminary. Currently, he has a $50,000 Certificate of Deposit that earns only 2.8% interest annually. Mr. Schuman uses that interest income to help meet current expenses. His finan­cial advisor suggested using a charitable gift annuity to substantially increase his income, while also helping the ministry of the seminary.

Mr. Hermann decided to gift the $50,000 to Waterstone (the seminary’s annuity provider) in exchange for a guaranteed lifetime 6.7% payout rate, calculated at the time of his gift and based upon his age cate­gory, fixed for life.

Mr. Hermann has dramatically increasedhis income, received a substan­tial tax deduction, reduced his eventual estate taxes and provided for a favorite ministry.

Would you like to increase your annual income while supporing the mission of City Seminary or your other favorite ministries?

Please visit our contact page to send us an email or speak with us by phone.

Give Today

Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of City Seminary. If you desire to write a check, please make it payable to City Seminary of Sacramento and mail it to:

City Seminary of Sacramento
2020 16th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95822

If you would prefer the convenience of giving online, please use the "gift buttons" on the left. You have the option of setting up a regular monthly giving schedule. (Please note: in order to be a recurring giver, you must have a PayPal account.) If you wish to make a one-time gift, we accept PayPal and credit cards. Thank you for your understanding.

For gifts of securities, real property, etc., please contact our Advancement Director.

Ways to Support

The Seminary has a variety of programs through which you can materially assist this vital ministry. Your gifts directly support the training of the next generation of ministers of the Gospel.

Here are four ways you can help:

1. Planned Giving

Earn a large tax deduction and receive a guaranteed income for life by taking advantage of City Seminary's annuity program. If you would like more information, please send us an email, or call (916) 451-4168.

2. “Mission to the City” Scholarship Fund

The "Mission to the City" scholarship fund has been established to help the churches of the Sacramento region focus on reaching the lost in our own community by "thoroughly furnishing" men of God to the preaching ministry. The scholarships are awarded to ministry students who agree to remain under the authority of their local church, are residents of the Sacramento region, and are open to a call to the preaching ministry, upon graduation, in the Sacramento area. If you wish, you may make a direct contribution to the "Mission to the City" scholarship fund.

3. Events

The Seminary also has several fundraising events that support the "Mission to the City" scholarship fund. Our annual golf tournament is usually held in June, and our Fall Banquet is scheduled toward the end of the year. We will announce details on the front page of our website.

4. General Fund

We also are delighted to receive unrestricted gifts. Cash gifts should be made payable to City Seminary of Sacramento, and mailed to 2020 16th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822. If you would prefer the convenience of giving online, please use the "gift button" on the left. For gifts of securities, real property, etc., please contact our Advancement Director.

Thank you for supporting City Seminary of Sacramento!


Student FAQs

Will I have to change my doctrinal beliefs?

You might ask: "I am a Baptist (Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, non-denominational, etc.). Will I be required to change my doctrinal beliefs in order to enroll, or to graduate?"

No. While the perspective in the classroom is that of classical Reformation theology, any Protestant student who can subscribe to the basic Statement of Faith found on the application form may enroll, if otherwise qualified.

While students are not penalized for doctrinal distinctives that may separate brethren within the believing church, they will nevertheless be required to use the exegetical and theological tools acquired at City Seminary to biblically defend their position(s).

What if I do not have a pastoral recommendation?

It is not necessary in order to begin one's studies. Simply complete the "General Studies" application. If your pastor or home church is opposed to your enrollment in a ministerial program, then admission to a ministerial degree program will only be permitted upon appeal to the Board of Governors for a waiver. Such waivers are rare. If a student is not in submission to those in authority over him, he is unlikely to be an appropriate candidate for the ministry.

If I am not seeking to be a pastor, can I enroll?

Yes. Classes are open to non-ministerial students, although candidates for the ministry will be given admissions preference.

I'm not sure what to do.

Call or email the seminary and request an informal meeting with a member of the faculty or Admissions Committee.

You should also seek the counsel of your pastor(s), elders, and church leaders. If they have questions about the program, have them call and speak with one of the faculty members, or arrange a visit.

I can't afford the tuition.

City Seminary of Sacramento is committed to serving the body of Christ in Sacramento. Our goal is to insure that no qualified candidate for the ministry is denied admission for lack of financial ability.

Scholarship programs are available to students, regardless of denominational affiliation. To apply for financial aid, please fill out our online form "Financial Aid."

Do I need my pastor's recommendation to enroll?

A pastoral or church recommendation is required for certain scholarship and ministerial degree programs, although it is not necessary to enroll as a "General Studies" major, or to simply audit classes.

Credits earned as a "General Studies" student may transfer to the degree program, although a pastoral recommendation will likely be required at time of transfer.

Do I have to submit all forms prior to beginning a class?

No. Prospective students should file their preliminary application as soon as possible, rather than waiting for secondary documents, e.g. transcripts, recommendation letters, etc. This may be added to the file after the initial application form is received.

Can I just enroll for a single course?

Yes. Any Christian interested in improving their knowledge in a particular field of study may enroll in a particular class. Just complete the Registration Form.


Car Donation FAQs

Can you pick up vehicles in all 50 states?

Yes, we are able to pick up accepted vehicles in the United States.


Annuity Program FAQs

Will my local church, or other beneficiary, know of my gift?

While it is a good idea to check with your estate attorney or CPA and discuss your decision to establish a charitable gift annuity, you may request that your gift remain anonymous.

How do I set up a charitable gift annuity?

It is very easy. Contact us to find out what your annuity payment rate will be. If you wish to include lifetime benefits for two persons, list both names and ages, along with the amount of the gift you are considering. You will receive an application form from WaterStone, our service provider, with a preliminary proposal detailing the amount of your annuity payments and deduction. (Most donors choose to receive their payments quarterly and direct deposit is available.)

Is there a minimum amount required to establish a gift annuity?

Commonly, charitable gift annuities are established with a gift of $50,000, $100,000, or more. However, you may establish a gift annuity for as little as $25,000. Commonly, donors use funds currently invested in certificates of deposits or money market funds, in order to increase their income, while eventually benefiting favored Christian ministries.

Are all gift annuity rates the same?

Charitable Gift Annuity rates are established by the American Council on Gift Annuities and are based on your age and/or the age of your spouse. Once a gift annuity is made, your payments are "locked in" for life, and will not change.

Will my annuity payments go down, if interest rates go down, or the economy changes?

No, one of the benefits of a Charitable Gift Annuity is that payments remain the same for the life of the donor and/or donor's spouse.

Will my gift annuity be included in my estate?

No, your charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable contract, and is therefore not subject to estate taxes. In fact, you will receive immediate tax benefits, along with fixed payments for life.

What charity may benefit from my gift annuity?

While you may recommend 100% of the charitable portion of your gift annuity to support a special fund at WaterStone for the mission of City Seminary, other beneficiary options are available for gift annuities over $50,000.


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Testimonial

George Popko

Popko webMy first City Seminary class was apologetics because I wanted to understand how to more effectively witness and defend the Christian faith. That became a starting point from which I developed a more comprehensive Biblical worldview after studying systematic theology, ethics, homiletics, eschatology, etc. I am grateful for my time spent at City Seminary as I feel it has prepared me for a future ministry, perhaps as a business missionary in Ukraine, my birthplace, as God calls. The preparation I received at City was a foundation for me to build upon, by the grace of God and for His glory. Thank you for your support and service!

George Popko

Davis, Matt

DavisMatthew 2014It has been my great pleasure and blessing to be a student at City Seminary. The classes are organized to work together, increasing the students understanding of the big picture in terms of Pastoral Ministry; incorporating all of the disciplines of the faith so that the courses complement one another. All of the instructors are Pastors, which allows for practical application in response to questions and implementing course studies in the service of the Church where I serve. Classes begin with prayer, and the commitment of the instructors is evident in the passion with which they provide instruction.

Having the opportunity to meet other students in the faith is also a great blessing. Often the questions of others, and the answers provided in class, enhance the learning process and discussion. Having peers to share with and reach out to for support, prayer, and encouragement is another blessing of being in class and meeting, discussing and sharing with other students—something I missed greatly when taking distance learning courses.

I am thankful for the assistance of the Seminary in making the courses affordable, as well as for the generous scholarships, and the philosophy of no student being in debt at the end of the training process and graduation is refreshing as well as demonstrable of the true care the Seminary has for the oversite and encouragement of its students, and the Church. I would highly recommend City Seminary to any prospective student seeking to increase their understanding of ministry, service, teaching and preaching.

Matthew Davis

Schelgel, Doug

Schlegel webMany seminary students are relatively young and have just graduated from college. Often they are just beginning their life's work and are just starting a family. But I was called to the ministry much later in life than the average seminarian. For many years I had considered pursuing a theological education, but the prospect of uprooting my family in order to attend a seminary, leaving my home church where I was already involved in leadership and ministry, and quitting a good job which supported my family made that pursuit a practical impossibility. Also, I could not afford to take on any student debt. This is partly why I am so thankful for City Seminary. City Seminary was designed for someone just like me. With classes at night and Saturdays, the instruction fit into my busy schedule. I could stay in Sacramento, stay at my home church, and keep my job.

This does not mean that it was easy; it wasn't. I enrolled the very first semester classes were offered, and since I was working full time it took a while to get my degree. The instruction is serious and it is intended to stretch and strengthen your spiritual muscles, and that is a good thing. If you are serious about the ministry, it is worth every minute of study and every moment in the classroom. The professors are all active in the ministry and they understand the pressure each student is under. They are eager to help each student succeed. This serious, yet personal, instruction is another reason why I am thankful for City Seminary. When I graduated in 2010 with a divinity degree, I had been given a solid foundation for full time ministry by professors who are deeply committed to the Bible, zealous for training men for the ministry, and who were experienced pastors themselves.

Shortly after graduation, I was ordained to the gospel ministry and I am currently serving a congregation in Lodi. This would not have been possible without City Seminary.

Doug Schlegel
Pastor, Providence Reformed Church
Lodi, California

Au, Chester

AuChesterWhen I was called into the pastoral ministry during the early 90s, I knew I had to be trained and equipped in order to qualify to serve as a minister of the Gospel. Ephesians 4: 11-16 was the passage that convinced me that a seminary education was important. If I was called to be a pastor and teacher to equip the saints for the work of ministry then I myself had to be trained and equipped. This is only logical. In God's providence, I attended a local Bible college and completed most of the courses. Next I enrolled in two summer programs at Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, California. But because of the distance I wasn't able to continue. Again, by the providence of God, I was led to enroll in City Seminary in 2003.

City Seminary was precisely what I was looking for. Its evening and weekend classes worked well with my schedule. Professors there are well qualified and seasoned pastors understanding the challenges of the pastorate, but yet remained humble. I sat under the teachings of Dr. Frank Walker, Rev. Jim West, Rev. Michael Voytek, just to name a few, and benefited tremendously. I especially wanted to mention the four years of Greek and the four years of Hebrew—they have really helped me prepare sermons. Not to say it was without difficulties in taking these courses. It was very difficult in Greek and Hebrew, but believe me it was all worth it. After eight years of commuting weekly from Pacifica (12 miles south of SF) to Sacramento, enduring traffic jams, staying overnight at Motel 6, by God's grace and mercy I graduated in 2011 with a Divinity degree. So here I am writing to encourage you to consider enrolling in City Seminary if you are called to the pastoral ministry (I am convinced it's a must) or just want to experience a quality Christian education in order to defend the Christian faith. My prayer is that City Seminary will grow and expand.
Chester Au
Pastor, Harbor of Grace Reformed Church
San Bruno, CA

Sloan, Johnnie

Pastor Johnnie Sloan

Why City Seminary? It becomes pretty clear pretty quickly when one gets involved in teaching/preaching ministry that ignorance is definitely not bliss. Week in and week out, often even on an hourly basis, I am confronted with the need to have real answers as a Pastor. Ranging from high theology and the subtleties of evil in misleading God’s people to a simple need for practical application of basic Scripture in the daily life of the faithful, I can truly say City has equipped me in such a way that I feel confident in being able to handle what the ministry requires. That confidence comes, I believe, because of City’s confidence in the powerful inerrant and infallible Word of God. They genuinely mean it when they use Paul’s words to Timothy for the Seminary:

“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2

I graduated from City in 2011 with the degree of Associates in Theological Studies. I was not raised in church, nor ever formally educated prior to City. I was raised in the Modesto area for the first 9 years of life, then all around the Sacramento area due to my parents divorce, then moved back to Modesto as a high school student (went to 15 different schools all-told).  I had a pretty rough upbringing.  God saved me as an adult around 1992, I was married in 1994, and then God gave me an immediate burden for ministry. I ran from the call for years until 2004 when I submitted to the call and then in 2005 I began commuting and working at City Seminary in the evenings and on weekends while I worked in painting and ministry to provide for my family during the day. It has been incredible to experience the providence of God in the pastoral ministry and I am grateful for City and its commitment to making me ready for it.

Johnnie Sloan
Pastor, Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
Modesto, CA

100% Scholarships

One of City Seminary of Sacramento's primary goals is to provide a sound, biblical, theological education to ALL qualified candidates for the ministry and to those who seek to improve their understanding of God's Word irrespective of financial ability. If you need a scholarship, we have one for you! Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

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