About Northeastern Seminary

Northeastern Seminary is a place where students are being transformed in a dynamic and supportive learning community, where graduates embody, articulate, and advance the kingdom of God in a variety of ministry contexts around the world, and where the church and community are served through lifelong learning for pastors and church leaders.



"My eyes were opened to the original design and purpose of humanity. The spiritual formation was just what I needed without even knowing it." -Krystena

What We Believe

The vision of Northeastern Seminary is to be a vibrant source for Christian theological formation whose students are formed in a biblical vision of gracious Christianity and impart wholeness to the world in an expansive array of vocations and contexts. 



To provide a theological education that is built upon the foundation of a deep, sustained engagement with biblical and historic Christianity



To equip students to practice ministry that is wisely and faithfully responsive to the constantly changing contexts of our culture and world

Respect-filled Community

Respect-filled Community

To affirm and learn from each person in our richly-diverse community of faith, regardless of such distinctives as denominational affiliation, ethnicity, gender, or age



To value the life of the mind, and so offer a carefully-designed, intentionally-integrated academic program that cultivates an aptitude for faithful theological reflection about the most central questions of life and ministry

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

To affirm that the indispensable foundation for Christian ministry is a vital relationship with God through Christ, and so seek to provide a nurturing community in which genuine Christian faith can deepen and thrive

Service to the Church

Service to the Church & the World

To believe that a theological seminary does not exist for its own sake, but exists rather to serve and resource the church of Jesus Christ


"There was space to think about my theological beliefs and sort through them. The diversity of students opened my eyes to so many ideas and capacities for service—my world was expanded." -Laura

Northeastern at a Glance



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Seminary Programs
"I experienced a time of continual refreshment. Reading the original sources helped me listen and understand for myself—not just buy into what anyone says." -Jonathan

What Sets Northeastern Apart

At Northeastern Seminary, students discover a theological education designed around their calling and schedules. With flexible course loads, expert faculty, customized field education, and a virtual campus providing 24/7 access to course materials, the Seminary's programs equip students to fulfill their purpose.

Earn a certificate

Earn a Certificate

Transform your calling into an accredited certificate program; ideal if you are seeking to add a new skill set to your existing graduate-level credentials.

Earn a Master's degree

Earn a Master's Degree

Combine multiple certificates to build the formational experience that fits your ministry context and goals, and earn a Master's degree.

Doctor of Ministry, D.Min.

Already have your Master's?

Earn your Doctor of Ministry, D.Min. online in as few as 3 years from Northeastern Seminary. Bi-annual residencies offer a regular rhythm of spiritual retreat alongside intensive two-week courses.
"The classes forced me to think. I had to wrestle with the material. They pushed me—and I appreciated the push." -Lori
Dr. Deana L. Porterfield, President of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College

Meet the President

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield

Dr. Porterfield became the third President of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College on July 1, 2014. As a visionary leader with a passion for Christian higher education, she believes that Northeastern Seminary and Roberts Wesleyan College are positioned to be beacons of light in the northeast. As President, she directs the legacy of these institutions with a focus on equipping students and alumni to bring together their minds, hearts, and hands to serve and transform the world.

Prior to Northeastern, Dr. Porterfield served at Azusa Pacific University and Azusa Pacific Online University for more than 26 years in various roles, including vice president for enrollment management, chief of staff, senior vice president for people and organizational development, and executive vice president. Read more...


Get to know the Northeastern Seminary faculty

Students at the Seminary benefit from the expertise and individualized attention of expert instructors who share a deep love of theology and service. Support staff encourage and resource students every step of the way, from class registration to advising.

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Rochester, NY 14624

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