Golden Gate Theological Seminary is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Golden Gate Theological Seminary held a banquet on Founder’s Day, March 31, to commemorate 60th anniversary of the Seminary’s founding, followed by a dinner, April 2, and the Trustees meeting, April 26-27.
President Isam Hodges founded the Seminary in 1994 with a vision for preparing ministers for the churches in the West, and it exists in Berkeley, Oakland, Mill Valley and throughout the Western United States.
Chancellor William O. Crews said at the Founder’s Day Chapel, “Golden Gate Seminary exists and thrives today because of a compelling dream, articulated by visionary leaders and pursued by literally hundreds of men and women who have given their lives to the pursuit of that dream, a dream that came true."
Guests included Rev. Hodge’s two children, Harlan Hodges and Bea Hodges Hill, and grandson Brad Hodges and Tammie Hill, wife of grandson Joe Hill.
The chapel and banquet honored current and past staff faculty and featured highlights of the early years in Oakland and Berkeley during the 1940s and '50s. It showed video excerpts from an interview by Dr. Graves, who was president from 1952-77 and constructed the facility on a hill in San Francisco.
Crews said, "It is because there are men and women who did something significant for God, who placed that dream in their heart, that is why we are here today." He added, “"When we see what God has done with this vision in the past 60 years, who knows what He will do in the next 60 years.”