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Beginning with its establishment in 1944, and adoption by Southern Baptists in 1950, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary has pursued its mission of shaping leaders who expand God's Kingdom around the world. With five fully-accredited campuses, the seminary remains true to its denominational mission of accelerating the fulfillment of the Great Commission by providing training to those who serve churches in the United States and are on mission to the world.

Golden Gate Seminary shoulders the responsibility for training leaders for Southern Baptists in the Western United States. It currently has more than 2,100 students meeting on five campuses, in cyberspace, and at dozens of Contextualized Learning Development centers. "Because there are few Christians and even fewer Baptists in the west—a seminary of our size and strength would probably not be possible without the support of the Southern Baptist Convention," noted President Jeff Iorg. "Thanks for your Cooperative Program gifts, your prayers, and for sending us...

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary was founded in 1944 in Oakland, California, moved to Berkeley for a few years, and then relocated to the current site in Marin County in 1959. The 148 acres of former dairy land called Strawberry Point became home to the first Southern Baptist seminary in the west, and today the fully-accredited, five-campus system is known as the tenth largest seminary in the United States.

The 2008/2009 academic year included a significant achievement at Golden Gate. The 65-year-old seminary celebrated fifty years at the Northern California Campus, located just north of San Francisco.

The Seminary invited all graduates from 1949-1959 to participate in a two-day celebration as part of the spring commencement program. A highlight of the festivities was honoring the Seminary's "Golden Graduates" during commencement on May 29. Twenty-eight of those who graduated from the Berkeley campus donned golden robes and walked ...

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Who will open the western seminary?" Those words from president L. R. Scarborough in a chapel speech in 1924 were forever etched into the mind of Isam B. Hodges, then a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

However, the dream of a western seminary did not begin with Scarborough or Hodges. The dream began with Harvey Gilbert, a Southern Baptist home missionary to California. In 1859, he founded a Baptist Institute in San Rafael, just a few miles north of the present Northern California campus.

Although it began as a Christian boarding school, the plan was to become a full theological school for equipping church leaders in the west. But along with that dream came the nightmare of the Civil War, and the dream was put on hold for almost a century.

The dream was rekindle...