The incoming class of 2021 will begin their theological educational experience on September 8, 2020. We are delighted to welcome the new students in various programs including the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, the Bachelor Equivalency programs, and the Public Theology Certificate Program. The new class members are the first cohort that will enter during the COVID-19 pandemic and will join the current student body as we practice remote learning. Berkeley School of Theology is blessed to have students from each time zone: Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific as well as Kigali, Africa joining the family.

On Thursday, August 27, the incoming class participated in orientation to assist in getting them acclimated to Berkeley School of Theology. They were warmly welcomed by President James Brenneman, PhD, who reminded them of the important spiritual and academic journey they were entering at a critical moment in history. He encouraged them to embrace this opportunity to translate their BST education to impact the church and world for the better. The student representative of the Board of Trustees, Nathan Brittsan, provided insight on the life of a student at BST. Additional information was given by the various offices to include: course registration, financial aid and student billing. The Dean of Academics, LeAnn Snow Flesher, PhD, provided an extensive overview of what incoming students can expect as it relates to academic integrity, the usage of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) library and the new curriculum. Additionally, they were fortunate to get an overview of digital learning from Diandra Erickson, PhD from the GTU. Overall, there was a wealth of information sharing that assisted the incoming class of 2021 in getting acclimated to Berkeley School of Theology. We are delighted to have them join the family!


On September 12 at 9:00 am, Berkeley School of Theology will host their 2020 Commencement in a virtual platform. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Douglas Avilesbernal, Executive Minister, Evergreen Baptist Association in the Northwest. Please join us as we celebrate our graduates.


The Berkeley School of Theology mourns the loss of Wayne L. Strom, PhD. He graduated in 1959 from Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. Dr. Strom’s life was guided by his interest in religion and spirituality.


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REV. Dr. James Brenneman, President
Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
Rev. Sam Fielder, Executive Assistant to the President

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