As part the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1861, North Central College is hosting a three-day reunion of Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS) alumni March 23-25. Many North Central College graduates went on to study at ETS and prepare for careers in the ministry.
ETS was incorporated in 1873 as Union Biblical Institute and housed in rented space in North Central College’s Old Main. In 1908, the Institute purchased its own land and building and in 1909 changed its name to Evangelical Theological Seminary. It was the only seminary of the Evangelical Association prior to a merger in 1946 that formed the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Following the merger that formed the United Methodist Church in 1968, the Evangelical Theological Seminary merged with Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston and relocated to that campus in 1974.
Many of the sessions taking place as part of the ETS reunion, including addresses by North Central alumni and former professors, will be held in Koten Chapel, in what was formerly the ETS Administration Building and is now Kiekhofer Hall.
“I’m excited to have a worship experience with so many musicians and friends of North Central College in this extraordinary setting,” says the Rev. Lynn Pries, campus chaplain. “This is a wonderful way to celebrate our Sesquicentennial.”