History and Mission
In the spring of 1964, the Lord gave Dr. Moses Yu and a group of believers a vision for training workers for the Kingdom of God. However, it was not until 1973 that the vision became reality. Five students enrolled in the first year, using the Berkeley Gospel Center for classrooms and fulfilling field education in some of the Chinese churches in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1976, a brother was moved by the Lord to donate an apartment complex for the seminary ministry. It provided space for both classrooms and student residence.
In 1978, Christian Witness Theological Seminary (CWTS) was approved as a private post-secondary educational institution in the State of California. In 1984, CWTS was authorized by the California Superintendent of Public Instruction to confer bachelor and master degrees. Currently it is registered under the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education in the State of California with permission to train professional Christian workers.
CWTS is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant students from overseas.
For more than forty years, by the grace of the Lord, CWTS has provided training for a good number of Christian workers in North America and around the world. In the summer of 1996, we moved to the city of Concord, which is in the East Bay Area. Then in January 2009, we moved to Milpitas in a transitional phase. Subsequently we moved to a larger and better campus in San Jose in early 2010. We now offer the Doctor of Ministry degree, three Master degree programs, two Diploma programs and two Certificate programs. We have a team of seven full-time faculty, and over fifteen visiting faculty members. Our students come from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, East Asia, North America and around the world. Apart from training full-time Christian workers, we also provide training for lay leaders. Since 2004, we have been offering part-time Master programs and diploma programs. In addition, we have various extension centers in the Bay Area and outside California offering courses leading to a certificate for lay theological education.
Since June 2004, CWTS had been accepted by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) as an Associate Member. In June 2014, we were granted candidacy for full membership and for full accreditation by ATS. Since June 7, 2016, we have been granted full membership and full accreditation of our Master’s programs and DMin program.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of CWTS is to equip biblically competent, spiritually mature, theologically proficient and culturally engaged servant-leaders to proclaim Jesus Christ and to build up the body of Christ in effective ministry in Chinese churches and Christian organizations worldwide.
Our vision is to glorify God as an “influential and respected” theological institution which supports the Chinese churches in transforming cultures and societies according to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, through holistic education and publications, CWTS will continue to endeavor to accomplish her mission in the days ahead.