Gateway Seminary’s new Bay Area campus to open in January
ONTARIO, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2016)—The final piece in Gateway Seminary’s transition drops into place as the Seminary’s new San Francisco Campus (SFC) opens in Fremont, Calif. on Jan. 10. Spring classes begin there Jan. 30.
The SFC will serve 250-300 students as the Seminary continues its ministry in the Bay Area that began with its location to Mill Valley in 1959. Fall 2016 classes for the SFC opened in Mill Valley as construction continued in Fremont.
“We’re very excited to open this brand new theological training center that will help start, finish or advance a student’s ministry education,” said Dr. Rick Durst, director of the SFC. “We will host open enrollment until Jan. 30, with admission fees waived for those in the Bay area. It’s a perfect opportunity to be included in the first entering class at this new facility.”
The campus features a complete library, classrooms, offices and full-time faculty and staff. Available academic programs include the master of divinity, master of theological studies, master of arts in educational leadership and diplomas in educational leadership and theology. The SFC will be officially dedicated April 22.
Durst said that the best part of the new campus is they will be in the center of what God is doing in the Bay Area.
“In Mill Valley, we were isolated on one highway,” he said. “Ten highways are close to our new location. There are also multiple growing mega churches near by, as well as firms like Facebook and Google and Tesla, which has 4 million feet of building under construction for automobile production.”
He said the area will be a whole different environment for mission—even the campus’ address in on Mission Boulevard.
“Although the San Francisco area is multicultural, Marin County really is not,” he said. “In comparison, the Fremont area has a very diverse population. The largest group of Afghanis outside of Kabul live in Fremont. It’s also close to Levi’s Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers play.”
The land on which the campus is located was donated by Mission Way Baptist Church. Valued at $2.9 million, it is the largest single gift ever contributed to the Seminary.
“Their generosity and their vision for Southern Baptist ministry led them to give us the property at the right time and at the right opportunity” Durst said. “The circumstances were something only God could orchestrate.
For more information about the SFC’s programs or enrolling for classes, contact or call 415.380.1890.