Dr. Stephen Chester tells students considering seminary at North Park that they should be prepared to be changed, and to engage in their program as whole people. “Be ready to study, but also to explore your calling and to be stretched in actual ministry contexts,” he says, “including internships and clinical pastoral education.”
Ordained in the Presbyterian denomination of the Church of Scotland, Dr. Chester holds a ministry license with the Evangelical Covenant Church. He came to North Park looking for a way to combine a commitment to preparing students for ministry and a deep concern for the mission of the church with opportunities for scholarship.
At North Park Theological Seminary, Dr. Chester finds that “the life of the mind, the goal of practical ministry, and the need for a deep devotional life are held together as equal values.” His classes are serious about the subject matter, but relaxed and personal, he says. “One of the best things about North Park is that students and professors have real opportunities to get to know each other.”