Resources for Current Students

Knowing where to find the answers to your questions is often confusing!
Student Support Services will help you or direct you to the right person.

  • Student Support Services

    Writing Studio
    Would you like to improve your writing skills? Tutors are equipped to help students learn how to conceive, develop, organize and clarify their writing efforts. The Writing Studio is a free service for enrolled students. Sign up for an appointment with a tutor here.

    Student Assistance Program
    The Student Assistance Program provides individual counseling and spiritual direction opportunities for students at Western. Formative workshops and general education-for-ministry events are provided throughout the year. SAP is underwritten by the seminary and the Dr. Stanley Rock Preparation for Ministry Fund.

    Office of Academic Affairs - Registrar
    Need to order a transcript or register for a class? Visit the Registrar now!

    Student Support Services is located across the hall from the receptionist desk.

    Health Insurance
    Students in need of medical insurance can sign up for the seminary sponsored program. Details of this program are updated annually and are provided by Student Services.

  • Canvas Course Management Software

    Canvas is a web-based course management software that enables teaching, learning, and communicating on the Internet. To use Canvas, you need to know basic Internet browsing and email skills. Knowing how to download and upload files and understanding attachments is crucial. Be sure your machine meets the technical requirements listed on the right of this page.

    Please contact James Vlisides, Educational Technologist, with any technical questions about using Canvas. 800-392-8554, ext. 176

    How do I access Canvas?

    Go to Type in your user name and password, then click the Log On button to log in.

    Technical Requirements

    Operating system

    Windows XP (Home/Pro), Vista (Home/Bus), Windows 7 (Home/Pro), or Mac OS X 10.5.x and above.

    Supported web browsers

    PC: Firefox 7.0.x+, Google Chrome 10+, Internet Explorer 9+. Mac: Safari 4+, Firefox 7.0.x+, Google Chrome 10+

    Internet Connection

    High Speed Internet (Cable, DSL, etc).


    Wireless connection is available on campus. Wireless connection is available on campus. You will need an 802.11g/n type wireless card either internal or external on your laptop if you wish to use the Internet via your laptop while you are on campus. Otherwise, computers are available in the computer lab, library and student lounge

    Computer Processor Speeds

    There is no specific RAM or CPU speed requirement. However, as with any internet application, the slower the computer, the slower the pages and tools will load.

    Hard Drive

    20 GB minimum, 50 GB recommended


    Language courses such as Hebrew or Greek may require submitting recorded files. A head set with microphone is recommended.


    Flash and Java Plug-ins: Embedded video and document preview may require Adobe Flash Player to view. Be sure to keep your version up to date. Java Runtime Environment: To use the "Conferences" feature in Canvas, a supported Java plug-in must be installed such as the free Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installation package. JRE versions 1.6x and higher are supported. Adobe Reader or Apple Preview: Many courses use PDF files to deliver content and can be viewed with Adobe Reader or Mac Apple Preview. Additional Media Players and Plugins: On occasion a course may use audio or video that requires a certain type of media player such as Quicktime, Windows Media Player or real Player. Some videos or content may also require the Microsoft Silverlight plugin (avail as free download).

  • Student Government

    Student Council advocates for student concerns and provides programming that engages the entire student body.  The council is made up of representatives from each class and a faculty advisor and meets regularly throughout the academic year.

    Student Government responsibilities:

    • Social activities
    • Addressing academic concerns
    • Common worship
    • Involvement in mission
    • Social action

    The 2014-2015 Student Government Body:

    • President: Jake Parks
    • Vice-President: Beth Jarvis
    • Treasurer: Kara Lepley
    • Secretary: TBD
    • Junior Representatives: Maxwell Nkansah
    • Middler Representatives: Paige Douglas & Jeffrey Hubers
    • Senior Representatives: Calandra Hacker & Jenna Brandsen
    • Th.M. Representative:
    • Faculty advisor: Dr. John Brogan
  • Placement & Transcript Requests

    Ministry Position Postings submitted by churches and other ministries

    RCA site postings

    Statistics on placement within 5 months of graduating.

    Need a transcript? Download and complete this transcript request form and mail it to Registrar Pat Dykhuis Western Theological Seminary 101 E. 13th St., Holland, MI 49423. You may also fax this request to 616-392-8889 along with payment to a credit card. (Call Pat Dykhuis at 616-392-8555, x120 to relay your credit card info).

John Brogan

John Brogan

Dean of Formation for Ministry
616.392.8555 x192
Beth Smith

Beth Smith

Administrative Assistant for Student Services
616.392.8555 x131
Melissa Conner

Melissa Conner

Friendship House Director
616.392.8555, x180


Call Western Seminary


616.392.8555 or 800.392.8554




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