A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary

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About A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary

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Established in October 2007, the seminary bears the name of A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) and is part of Simpson University. The seminary originally began in 1977 in San Francisco as the Graduate School of Ministry at Simpson College.

A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary is for people who long to know God personally and have resolved to learn better how to mine for the treasures of God's self-revelation in Scripture, in the church's shared thinking about God's Word, in creation, and worship and prayer. The focus at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary is to teach students, to love students, to help students, and to pray for students as they become graduates who go into the world as disciple-making witnesses of Christ, giving to others from the treasures of Christ, all to the glory of God.

A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary Locations

Our primary campus is located in Redding, CA. We also have AWT Learning Centers in Columbia, MO, and Woodland, CA.

  • It’s about calling, character, and competence

    Our faculty and staff are committed to helping our seminarians grow multi-dimensionally: in their calling as Christ followers; in character filled with grace and the Spirit; in competence and capacity to serve; and in confidence to think, speak, and act Christianly.

  • It’s for men and women in ministry who want to finish seminary

    Tozer is especially designed for men and women who are serving in ministry settings but have not yet finished their theological training. Our educational format is designed to allow you to stay in your ministry setting while finishing your education.

  • It’s led by practitioner-teacher-scholar faculty

    Our faculty members are adjunct by design. The men and women who teach our courses are practitioners in ministry; they are appropriately trained and credentialed to teach graduate level education; and are scholars in the context of being godly disciples!

  • It’s about an opportunity for a tailored approach

    While we seek to provide a comprehensive education based on our learning outcomes, we are sensitive to individual needs, gifts, and skills. We will work hard to hear your story and help you tailor your education to meet your felt needs and opportunities. For some, it may take the form of “stackable education” in that the seminarian needs coursework for licensure. Then after completing licensure or ordination, the individual returns to the seminary to complete a degree.

  • Tozer Seminary Admissions Staff
    Alison Aghassi

    Alison Aghassi

    Admissions Counselor for Adult and Graduate Studies
    (530) 226-4527

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    Vonnie Collord Dodson, '81

    Tozer Support Services Coordinator
    (530) 226-4119

  • Tozer Seminary Dean

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    Dr. Patrick Blewett

    Dr. Patrick Blewett was hired as dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary in August 2013. He served most recently on the pastoral staff at Westside Church in Omaha, Neb. In addition to serving in pastoral positions throughout the U.S., Dr. Blewett has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University (South Carolina); academic vice president and dean of the faculty at Grace University; and dean of Grace College of the Bible in Omaha.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Montana Institute of the Bible; a master of arts in church education, master of divinity and doctorate of ministry from Western Seminary in Portland, Ore.; and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Idaho.

    Dr. Blewett is also engaged in international theological education currently serving as chairman of the board for a global south higher education mentoring organization known as "Synseis Alliance International." He has also worked with leadership and taught at the Academy for World Mission near Stuttgart, Germany and has participated at Jerusalem University College.

    Dr. Blewett also serves as an adjunct professor of Education and Ministry.

A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary's primary campus is located in Redding, CA. The seminary also has learning centers in and Columbia, MO, and Woodland, CA.

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The best way to assess the effectiveness of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary is to meet our students and graduates to hear what they have to say about us. Below you will find some of their testimonies and hear what other ministers and leaders in the Christian community have to say about A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary.

  • Yemi Mobolade, Current Student
    Tozer student Yemi Mobolade

    "I've found the staff and faculty to be kind, friendly, cordial, and very helpful. The care for students' general life and well-being extends far beyond the classroom. The faculty has a genuine interest in the students and their ministry work. I have had former professors visit me when in my area. When I'm on campus for the intensive classes, my professors also make it a point to greet me and get an update on my life.

    I also enjoy the one-to two-week intensive format and the wonderful community of friends that I have developed at the seminary. Going back every semester for intensives is like a homecoming. I look forward to reuniting and reconnecting with my fellow classmates.

    The Spiritual Formation class has changed me forever. I learned new ways to experience God at a deeper level. The Theology 1: God, Revelation and Humanity class has opened my mind to the greatness of God yet reminded me how close and immanent he is. The Events in Church History class has given me a deeper appreciation for the story of the church and an ability to trace the origins of doctrines and beliefs.

    Tozer Seminary's motto is "Come deepen your relationship with God" and this has been my experience. Seminary will leave me with a deeper love for God and people, and an excitement for teaching.”

  • Tara Cory, Class of 2012
    Tozer alumna Tara Cory

    “I was reflecting on how Tozer is so different from any school I have attended. I have my bachelor's degree in business from Chico State, and my education there was so incredibly different. The studies were challenging, but less than amusing. The subjects were interesting, but less than impactful. The knowledge was useful, but less than transforming. Here at Tozer, the things we study have an opportunity to not only educate us, teach us new concepts about Jesus, the Bible, and Christian life, but our studies can actually transform us from the inside out.”

    “When writing a paper on argumentative texture, I chose Matthew 6 to write about. The reason I chose Matthew 6 (the passage on not worrying) is because I was worrying about the future, and I wanted the text to impact my current state of being. What other institution allows you to do that? God did use the text to remind me that everything is in his hands. This is the beauty of Tozer and studying more about God's Word. The studies never remain on the surface, but sink down into us, transforming us to become more like Christ. This is such an incredible phenomenon. I can sit down to type a paper, and in the process, God can work on my heart! What a privilege it is to study more about the Lord.”

  • Tom Mount, Class of 2010, Pastor, Tozer Adjunct Instructor
    Tozer alumnus Dr. Tom Mount

    “I had to interrupt my seminary education 20 years ago when I planted a church. With its affordable and flexible program, Tozer allowed me to finish graduate work while remaining in ministry. At the same time my classes have challenged me to a deeper love for the Lord and His Word, taught me to think biblically and reason theologically and prepared me to begin doctoral studies. I've grown enormously as a Christian, a pastor, and a scholar.”

  • Mark A. Smith, Class of 2009, Senior Pastor
    Tozer alumnus Mark A. Smith

    “The cohort groups allow each student to develop relationships with men and women serving in ministries and churches -- you get a chance to share ideas as well as struggles. I looked forward to every class not just for the information and learning, but for the relationships and testimonies that applied what we had learned."

    “The training and relationships I got at Tozer truly shaped me as a Christian man and a pastor. Students need to remember God is shaping a future for them in their training that they may not even perceive or dream of while in the trenches of study.”

  • Joseph David Dombrowski, Class of 2009

    “I had a wonderful experience at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary! What I liked most about the program was the adjunct professors because of their diverse education, which brought both a national and international flare to my learning. Each class gave me a broader understanding of the Scriptures as well as a renewed confidence in it and in myself.”

    “For example, in my Hermeneutics course, I learned to interpret passages from the Bible through the genre in which it was written. My Small Groups course taught me that we empower people when we allow others to lead. All in all, these learning experiences, coupled with the relationships I built in seminary, have equipped me to serve and lead better. I will cherish and use what I have learned for the rest of my life.”

  • Dr. Paul Borden Executive Minister, Growing Healthy Churches Network

    “A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and its leaders get it! They clearly comprehend that developing effective Christian leaders takes congregations and schools working together.”