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Chitwood at Gateway: Go wherever God calls

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Paul Chitwood, International Mission Board president, urged a chapel audience at Gateway Seminary Sept. 5 to remember that God's vision cannot be fulfilled until people from every nation, all tribes and all languages have heard the Gospel. Preaching from Revelation 7:9-10 -- which is the basis for the IMB's vision statement -- Chitwood reminded faculty, staff and students on Gateway's main campus in Ontario, Calif., that without vision, we have no direction.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: Gateway offers D.Min. for overseas students

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Gateway Seminary is offering a doctor of ministry degree completely by distance learning for overseas students. The Western Association of Senior College and University Commission approved the program Aug. 5. The American Theological Society previously affirmed it.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: David Rathel joins Gateway faculty

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- David Rathel has been appointed associate professor of Christian theology at Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. Rathel earned a Ph.D. in divinity from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, master of divinity and master of theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of arts in theology from the Baptist College of Florida. Previously, he served as pastor of Fork Baptist Church in Scottsburg, Va., and Westville Baptist Church in Westville, Fla., as an adjunct professor of theology and philosophy for the Baptist College of Florida and provided teaching assistance for the University of St Andrews.

Iorg to Gateway grads: Engage hurting people

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg is commissioning 142 Gateway Seminary graduates at five commencement ceremonies across the seminary's multi-campus system this spring to fulfill the mission of Jesus by engaging hurting people. Commencement for Gateway's main campus in Ontario, Calif., was held May 17 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif. At that ceremony, 72 graduates from 16 states and four countries received certificates, diplomas, master's and doctoral degrees.

Gateway celebrates 69 winter graduates

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) -- President Jeff Iorg charged Gateway Seminary graduates Dec. 17 to "walk out of this commencement with the knowledge that God loves everyone -- every single person in the world." Sixty-nine students received diplomas and degrees, including 38 diplomas, 15 master's degrees and 16 doctorates. The seminary's winter commencement was held at Magnolia Church in Riverside, Calif. As part of his message, Iorg shared personal encounters from early in his ministry ...

Iorg challenges graduates to ‘be expert witnesses’

Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg told students graduating from the seminary's Los Angeles-area campus May 20 that their primary role in God's kingdom is to be witnesses to the Gospel.

Gateway Seminary dedicates Bay Area campus

FREMONT, Calif. (BP) -- Gateway Seminary dedicated a new campus in the San Francisco Bay Area April 8, fulfilling a promise that the institution would not abandon its presence there. But the story behind the new facility in Fremont, Calif., has two parts: one from the perspective of the Southern Baptist seminary -- formerly known as Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary -- and the other on the side of a church that was declining but wanted to continue its commitment to missions.

‘Bubbling’ strategy sees five Christians grow to 10,000

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Dan serves in an area of Southeast Asia where "nobody had been and nobody wanted to go." And the mission group he worked with didn't want him to go there, either. "During appointment week, I learned I was not allowed to go to that location," the Gateway Seminary alumnus said, "so I went to language school in a different location and was eventually able to demonstrate all the reasons for denying me were not valid."

Old Testament scholar, theologian dies at 70

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- John Herbert Sailhamer, an evangelical Old Testament scholar who taught at two Southern Baptist seminaries, died Jan. 9, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. He was 70. Sailhamer also was president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2000.

Gateway’s new Bay Area campus to open in January

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- A final piece in Gateway Seminary's campus relocation efforts drops into place as the seminary's new San Francisco-area campus opens in Fremont, Calif., on Jan. 10. Spring classes begin there Jan. 30. The campus will serve 250-300 students as the seminary continues its ministry in the Bay Area that began with its location to Mill Valley in 1959. Fall 2016 classes for the campus opened in Mill Valley as construction continued in Fremont. See related story. The seminary also dedicated its new main campus in Ontario, Calif., in October.