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The WEST Institute

About Us

The mission of The WEST Institute of Shepherds Theological Seminary is to see the lives of men and women changed through the study and personal application of God’s Word.  We strive to stretch students in their faith through intense study of the Bible, living in community with other believers, and experiencing God’s creation.  Through this one year program students earn a fully accredited Master of Arts in Church Ministry degree, and equip themselves for a more effective life of ministry.

Laramie Valley Chapel, located in Laramie, WY, has long seen the need for an accredited Seminary closer to home that would provide men and women a solid foundation in the Word to build their lives upon.  By starting The WEST Institute and partnering with Shepherds Theological Seminary’s Teaching Site, they have been able to accomplish this. 

The program is beneficial for believers headed into any line of work, not just future full-time ministers.  Students earn a 42-hour Master of Theological Studies degree from Shepherds Theological Seminary and are prepared to better serve in their local church, minister to their coworkers, and lead their family.  If anyone should desire to continue their education, all classes transfer into the Master of Divinity program. M. Div. classes will be taken on the campus of Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC.