Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary is based in Newcastle for three key reasons
Newcastle lays credible claim to being England's Presbyterian capital. John Knox was ordained at the cathedral in 1550, where he preached until 1553. At one time the city had over sixty Westminster Confession churches on its doorstep and regularly hosted England's General Assembly.
Many of the better-known English Presbyterians hail from Newcastle – including the region’s most accomplished architect David Stephenson, whose theological heritage is embodied in the elegant simplicity of All Saints Presbyterian Church.
"Newcastle's atmosphere of almost pathological friendliness and good humour stems from one simple thing: all Geordies believe themselves blessed to have been born here," claimed a major national broadsheet recently, announcing Newcastle as England's top city!
Newcastle is beautiful as well as friendly: iconic sights and striking architecture have earned Grey Street the title 'most beautiful in Britain'; Tynemouth, 'surfing epicentre of the north east', is 18 minutes from the seminary!
Friendly, welcoming, splendid - and affordable. Rent stands at one third that of London, and half that of Oxford or Cambridge.
By God’s grace Newcastle and its environs is home to a growing number of faithful churches. Students are assured of a choice of excellent local churches - not all Presbyterian - within which to worship and serve.
Westminster is committed to a pastor-scholar model: all faculty members must be actively engaged in the pastoral ministry; this requirement marries well with the availability of growing churches within commuting distance across the North East.