From The President

Rev. Dr. Nick Carter
Rev. Dr. Nick Carter

Welcome to all of you who are responding to your call to ministry and a life of service. The American Baptist Seminary of the West may be just the place for you!

The decision to go to seminary isn’t an easy one, is it? You may have clear a call to ministry, but struggled with how to respond to that call. You may already be involved in some form of ministry, but have come to realize that you need far better preparation for this sacred responsibility. Or, like some, you may have a deep yearning to serve, but aren’t sure how to do it.  Wherever you are in that journey, we want you to know that hundreds of folks just like you have made the life-changing decision to come here – and few have ever regretted it.

This historic seminary has assembled one of the most diverse learning environments available to you anywhere in the country. Here you can find a supportive and flexible setting that can accommodate your unique needs. Here you can find a world-class faculty who can equip you with the skills, the spiritual nurture, and in-depth knowledge you seek. Here you can find access to one of the country’s most vibrant intellectual and spiritual communities to sustain you in your quest.

ABSW has its roots in a proud Baptist tradition and those principles still sustain us 145 years after our founding. It is principles like Soul Freedom, Centrality of the Word (written and spoken), Social Justice, and Religious Liberty that have made us an attractive school for students of many faith traditions. In fact, there are over 20 different denominations present on campus from across the country and around the world (Korea, China, India, and Africa – to name a few).

I invite you to explore this website and if you like what you see let us know. We are happy to answer your questions. You are also more than welcome to come and visit. We have but one mission: to help you prepare for your calling – so, bring us your call!


Nick Carter

President for the Interim