Institute  |  Seminary

Northwind Institute was established in 2014.
Northwind Theological Seminary was established in 2019.
Northwind Theological Seminary is an ecumenical, online seminary serving many denominations.  Biblically-based with theological roots in the Wesleyan tradition, we have a strong emphasis on Contextual Ministry, Spiritual Formation, and Discipleship.
Our vision is to be the seminary of choice for persons who seek an earned ministry degree in a
non-traditional setting.
Northwind Theological Seminary is globally engaged, biblically informed, and ministry focused.
We are:
  • Committed to serving the global church
  • Committed to personal growth and spiritual formation
  • Committed to effective use of technology for education and ministry


We are exploring off the map for new notions of local church ministry in the postmodern era. While the Modern Era defined "successful" ministry based on numbers, we define "effective" ministry in the Postmodern Era based on experiences and impacts.


We are focused on providing quality education for local church leaders to encourage and equip those who are engaged in local church ministry. We are focused on providing quality consulting services to support clergy and church effectiveness.


We believe that technology has made it possible to deliver high-quality Online Theological Education in new exciting formats. These new formats provide a cost-effective platform that supports an education and consulting experiences in ways that have not been previously possible.


Our approach to delivering high-quality Online Theological Education uses three approaches:
  • Video-Based Lecture Courses
  • Tutorial Courses
  • Oxford-Style Courses


Administrative Leadership at Northwind Theological Seminary have earned degrees and experience in both teaching and administration in Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries-institutions that have accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education:

  • Robert J. Duncan, Jr, DMin, President & Founder - Board Member
    Director of Institutional Advancement & Admission at Drew University (Retired)
    Core Faculty & Special Advisor in the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program at Drew University (Retired)
    President & Professor of Religion at Bacone College (Retired)


  • Christin Standifird, MEd, Registrar - Board Member (Secretary / Treasurer)
    Director of Bookstore Services, Executive Assistant to the Academic Dean, and Adjunct at Bacone College
    Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Research - Oklahoma State University - Tulsa


  • Michael J. Christensen, PhD, Academic Dean - Board Member
    Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Director of Communities of Shalom, Affiliate Faculty at Drew University (Retired)


  • Carl E. Savage, PhD, DMin, Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies - Ex-Officio Board Member
    Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Theological School Faculty at Drew University  (Retired)


  • Caroline Njuki, PhD - Assistant Dean for African Outreach - Assistant General Secretary
    General Board of Global Ministries, (GBGM) New York (Retired)


  • Steve Harper, PhD - Wesleyan Stuides Program Director - Professor and Higher Education Administrator (Retired)

  • Christin Ditchfield-Lazo, DCM-ABD - Writing Center Director - Christian Author & Conference Speaker

Northwind Theological Seminary accepts the transfer of credits from:
  • Northwind Institute
  • The National Christian Counselors Association
  • The Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors
  • Divine Bread of Life International, Inc.


Northwind Seminary Credit Transfers are governed by Articulation Agreements.


Articulation Agreements are arrangements between institutions that agree in advance, via Memoranda of Understanding to accept each other’s credits in the transfer of specific ministry credentials. In these cases, students may be simultaneously enrolled in multiple institutions. Each institution teaches its own curriculum and courses; there is no outsourcing involved.

Northwind Theological Seminary's Articulation Agreements are based on the standards of the Higher Learning Commission Association which is the regional accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education that accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region of the United States.

Northwind Theological Seminary's Articulation Agreements allow dually-enrolled students to take cross-listed courses meeting the requirements of both Northwind Institute and Northwind Theological Seminary.

Institutions may decide whether to enter into articulation arrangements with other institutions regardless of the other institution’s accredited status. However, institutions should make the public aware of all such arrangements (e.g., by listing such arrangements on the website, providing more details in program catalogs and ensuring clarity in the transcript produced as a result of such arrangements).