American Baptist Seminary of the West

April Mission Offering: Scholarships at ABSW

American Baptist Seminary of the WestOur special mission offering for April is to support
scholarship aid at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

The ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962. ABSW, founded in 1871, is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ABSW admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Hobart Hall, the heart of ABSW’s campus, is a four-story brick Tudor Revival building and was designed by one of California’s most famous architects, Julia Morgan. Dedicated in 1921, ABSW is a California state landmark.

ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries, and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley. Through the GTU, students can pursue ABSW degrees as well as Ph.D., Th.D., and M.A., and two joint Ph.D. programs with UC Berkeley.

Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble has joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Functional Theology, and in an integrated role as Registrar and Director of Student Services. Dr. Miles-Tribble received her MDiv from ABSW and DMin from SFTS. In addition she has studied at Harvard Divinity School and is a PhD candidate at Walden University. As an adjunct professor she served for six years as part of ABSW’s Junior Colloquium teaching team and at SFTS for three years in the DMin program. She returned to ABSW in 2009 as a visiting professor. For other news and information, see

The ABSW commencement ceremony will take place on May 17, 2014, 2:00 PM, at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, Executive Director of the ABCUSA Ministers Council.

Our church has many connections with ABSW: Tripp Hudgins is currently enrolled at ABSW as he works on a PhD degree at the GTU. Our Intern, Doug Davidson, is a student and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology. Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

Our goal of $750 for the April Mission Offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously and continue the long-standing support to students by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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