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Walking the hallways of Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS), one of the students in the seminary’s new distance learning program got a strong sense of history and continuity by looking at photos on the walls.

Another reported, “I had all kinds of ideas and expectations coming to Grand Rapids. But my experience here has exceeded all my expectations.”

The students were at CTS as part of their curriculum, which calls for the 14 students from all over North America to gather on the campus two times in this first year.

This time they met for five days at the start of the fall semester to attend Gateway, the seminary’s orientation course for new students.

With a compressed schedule that ran into most evenings, the students attended lectures and ate lunch in the student center and dinner at the parsonage.

Throughout the week, members of the first-year cohort also had the opportunity get to know each other.

Coming from diverse walks of life, they expressed a common gratitude for the journey on which they’ve embarked.

Another of the 14 students enrolled in the new online M.Div. program said, “I’m grateful that I can continue serving my home church and still get an excellent seminary education.”

To learn more about the distance learning program, visit

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