From The President
Welcome to Wesley!
I'm David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary. I was someone like you, looking for my path. I believed God wanted me to make a difference in the world and I thought a seminary in Washington was the place to do that. That’s why I am still here.
When I first arrived from California, I left my bags unpacked for two weeks, unsure if this was the place for me. I had doubts about my faith and the church, but it didn't stop the diverse faculty, classes, and student body at Wesley from being like Jesus on the shore for me, calling me into a new and different life. I'm proud to say that Wesley is still full of these kinds of people—like you will never meet anywhere else.
These days, I get to be in meetings on Capitol Hill and at the Central Union Mission and I still go with my wife Drema (whom I met here) to the Smithsonian on the weekends. Many people have found their path at Wesley and you can too. It begins with a step. So take a moment to look around this site and then come and look around our seminary: Wesley in Washington.
President David McAllister-Wilson
From The Dean
I would like to welcome you to interface with Wesley Theological Seminary through this website. While sometimes the electronic medium can be impersonal, I can assure you that we are a warm and welcoming community of real people with real stories and diverse life experiences. I invite you to continue your theological journey in partnership with Wesley Seminary.
As you can see from this website, Wesley is an accredited seminary in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The seminary offers master’s degrees in three different programs and focused certificate programs in the arts, public theology, and African American Studies.
The curriculum at Wesley is also open to those who may not be interested in a full degree but would like to get a taste for theological education for personal enrichment. Please contact us if would like more information about any of these programs or would just like to explore what we have to offer. For those already engaged in ministry and seeking spiritual and intellectual renewal, our Doctor of Ministry program is an avenue for life-long learning in an academic learning community with several focus areas and tracks beginning each year.
In addition to our formal academic programs Wesley sponsors several specific events and conferences each year. It seems like there is always something going on campus. Please check this website regularly for announcements of special events.
Wesley is a learning community rooted in the Christian tradition yet situated at the crossroads of the center of power in Washington, DC. We are a group of faculty, staff and students striving to participate in God’s mission for the world at a time of constant change. We attempt to deepen our faith and prepare ourselves spiritually and theologically for leadership to be of service for the Reign of God. There is always room for more and we welcome you wherever you are in your journey. Feel free to explore this website for additional resources and opportunities and reach out if you have any questions or need more information.
Philip Wingeier-Rayo, Ph.D., Academic Dean
From the Student Council President
So, you are thinking about seminary and why Wesley? While my previous career and life experiences have helped equip me to do what I believe God has called me to do, I also recognized that formal theological education and training was a requisite part of the plan. There was much more I need to know and the last two and half years have borne this out.
Prior to applying to seminary, I extensively researched several schools across the country and sought advice and counsel from various individuals and Wesley consistently remained at the top and was the seminary that best met my needs and goals. The flexibility of classroom and online study and the program breath, academic reputation, rigor, facilities, faculty and the student encounters were and continue to be attractive.
Wesley offers excellent opportunities to broaden one’s exposure to a rich diversity of perspectives, cultures, faiths and experiences. These opportunities serve to enrich and enhance learning in order that one will be better informed and prepared to communicate, interact and minister with the world in which we live. Real ministry is diverse and a diverse seminary experience encourages and prepares seminarians to think of ministry in the various forms, pathways and dimensions.
On behalf of the student body, it will be a pleasure to have you become a part of the Wesley Community. Wishing you all the best.
Peace and Blessings,
Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh
3rd Year Seminarian, MDiv
Student Council President