From The President

President James E. Brenneman
President James E. Brenneman

Welcome to one of the great adventures of your life! Here at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, we consider the exploration of faith in its many dimensions basic to a flourishing life. The spiritual quest can be as exciting as discovering whole new universes or traveling back in time through ancient texts to the elemental sacred core of existence, itself.

If you are considering a specific vocation in ministry or wish to explore ministry as an option, ABSW welcomes your quest and will help you discern your calling. If you want to deepen your spiritual understanding as part of your personal or professional life, many opportunities await you here. Whatever your quest, hundreds of folks just like you have made the life-changing decision to come here – and few have ever regretted it.

From the boardroom to the classroom, and most everywhere between, ABSW has long been recognized as one of the most interculturally diverse seminaries in the country. In coming here, you will truly enter a spiritual “world-house”of teaching and learning with a world-class faculty and students from every habitable continent on earth.

Since our founding 145 years ago, the core values of soul freedom, service leadership, social justice, public witness, religious liberty, and the centrality of the Word (written and spoken) still guide and sustain ABSW to this day. These Jesus-centered values, rooted in our inclusive Baptist heritage, have made ABSW an attractive school for students of many faith and denominational affiliations.

Please explore this website. If you have any questions, please ask. We are here to help you in any way we can. Even more, come explore our spiritually charged and actively engaged campus in the heart of the bustling city of Berkeley. Together, we can bring positive change to the world.

With warm regards,

Jim Brenneman
President