News & Announcements

  • Tribute to ABSW Professor Emeritus, Dr. James Chuck

    July 21, 2017 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher


    On Thursday evening, July 20, 2017 ABSW received this word pertaining to Professor Emeritus, Dr. James Chuck.

    Our Hospice nurse transitioned James into a calm restful state by 4:00 PM today. He passed away quietly at 4:44 PM. The family had a precious week with him in Santa Cruz, the children were all present when he passed. We are so grateful for his life, and lift up praises and thanks to our God!!

    Becky, Paul, Carol, John and the whole Chuck family

    Dr. Chuck was a long time Professor of Theology and Church Ministry at ABSW as well as long time pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco.  Even after his retirement from ABSW in ca. 2005-6 Dr. Chuck continued to serve on the Pacific Coast Baptist Association (PCBA) board, hold theological workshops, and speak at public events.  He will be missed.

  • Drexler Lecture on May 18 – “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: the Role of the Church”

    May 11, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

    You are invited to join us for this year’s Drexler Lecture:

    “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: the Role of the Church”

    Thursday, May 18
    7:30pm in the ABSW Chapel


    Reggie Lyles, Former Senior Advisor for public safety to Oakland Mayor and retired career law enforcement officer, and ABSW alum

    Rev. Dr. J Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church, and Professor Emeritus of ABSW

    Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Director of Clergy Organizing for PICO National Network, and ABSW alum


    Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble, Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Practical Theology at ABSW, and ABSW alum


    ABSW Dean LeAnn Snow Flesher


    Flier for Distribution Available Here

  • Katie Choy-Wong Chosen as ABSW 2017 Alumna of the Year

    May 9, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

    President for the Interim Nick Carter announced today that Rev. Kathryn Choy-Wong (“Katie”) has been elected as ABSW’s 2017 Alumna of the Year. Choy-Wong is the Senior Pastor of the New Life Christian Fellowship in Castro Valley, CA and the co-founder of a unique consulting business focused on the development of culturally competent leaders. In 2016 Katie was elected to Chair the ABC of the Central Pacific Coast.Rev. Katie Choy-Wong

    A graduate of San Francisco State University and a 1980 ABSW MDiv recipient Choy-Wong has been a leader in the fight against hunger and homelessness, the Director of Asian Ministries and then an East Bay area minister for ABCUSA. For three years she served as the Director of Admissions for ABSW.

    Rev. Choy-Wong will be recognized during the 2017 ABSW Reunion Luncheon on Friday May 19th which will be held on campus. Special tickets to that event are available by contacting Rev. Carolyn Matthews at the school  510-841-1905 x246.

  • Commencement – May 20, 2017

    May 4, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

    American Baptist Seminary of the West
    Trustees, Faculty,
    and Graduating Class of 2017
    cordially invite you to


    Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, Sr.
    Senior Minister and CEO of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles
    Commencement Speaker

    First Church of Christ, Scientist
    2619 Dwight Way
    Berkeley, CA
    (across Dwight Way from ABSW)

    Additional details including reception, parking and
    information for graduates available at