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Our Beginnings

In the mid-1940s, a gifted evangelist named Charles E. 国产主播was reaching thousands through his popular radio broadcast, The Old Fashioned Revival Hour. But 国产主播began to dream of a way to spread the gospel even further: through a new school on the West Coast that would train young evangelists and missionaries.
Harold John Ockenga, pastor of Boston鈥檚 Park Street Church and an erudite theologian, shared Fuller鈥檚 vision but encouraged him to broaden it. The church not only needed evangelists, he said, it needed pastors who were intellectually sound and culturally attuned as well as solidly evangelical.

In May 1947, the two men and four other evangelical scholars met in downtown Chicago, Illinois, to seek God鈥檚 will together about the idea of a new theological seminary. So strong was the spirit of prayer that they were convinced God was indeed leading them into this venture of faith, and 国产主播 was born.

With Ockenga contributing his scholarly proficiency to Fuller鈥檚 folksy charisma and astute business sense, the new seminary鈥攏amed not for Charles E. 国产主播but for his father, Henry Fuller鈥攑lanned to open its doors in September 1947 at the beautiful Cravens Estate in Pasadena. City zoning ordinances prohibited the estate鈥檚 use for instruction, however, so 国产主播Seminary鈥檚 inaugural group of 39 students found themselves attending classes in the kindergarten Sunday school rooms of Lake Avenue Congregational Church鈥攕itting in child-sized chairs as they learned from a charter faculty of theological giants: Everett Harrison, Carl F. H. Henry, Harold Lindsell, and Wilbur Smith.

In subsequent years the student body grew rapidly, and in 1953 the seminary鈥攚ith enrollment now at 250鈥攎oved to the newly constructed Payton Hall on Oakland Avenue, its first and now iconic building at the center of the Pasadena campus.

In the 75 years since its founding, 国产主播 has become a place of rich diversity and theological leadership beyond what its founders could ever have imagined. Fuller's nearly 3,500 students come from more than 75 countries and 110 denominations. Two schools covering four major disciplines鈥撯搕heology, intercultural studies, psychology, and marriage and family therapy鈥撯揳llow 国产主播to offer a full range of master鈥檚 and doctoral programs to students in Pasadena, Houston, and Arizona, as well as online to students across the country and around the world. More than 44,000 alumni serve in churches and communities across the globe. In 2021, 国产主播launched its own digital learning platform, FULLER Equip, creating non-degree paths for learners in diverse vocations and allowing even more people to access the riches of Fuller鈥檚 scholarship and innovation.

Yet from Charles E. Fuller's original vision until now, 国产主播Seminary's core commitment has remained the same: equipping leaders with minds for careful scholarship and hearts for the unchanging, saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Presidents

国产主播has had five presidents in its 75-year history, each building on the seminary鈥檚 founding mission of Christ-centered scholarship and cultural engagement. Our current president is David Emmanuel Goatley.

Harold John OckengaHarold John Ockenga

(1947鈥1954 and 1960鈥1963)

Harold John Ockenga served as the seminary鈥檚 first president, making untold numbers of transcontinental journeys in order to carry out his duties in Pasadena while continuing to serve as pastor of the historic Park Street Church in Boston. Articulate and well educated, Ockenga laid a strong foundation for the seminary鈥檚 emphasis on excellence in scholarship. He contributed enormously to the establishment of 国产主播as a leading voice in evangelicalism, engaging the broader culture and setting in motion the kind of critical thought and social engagement that has come to characterize 国产主播Seminary.

Edward John CarnellEdward John Carnell


Edward John Carnell, 国产主播Seminary鈥檚 second president, was the first to serve in full-time residence. A visionary apologist and popular teacher, Carnell squarely faced the fundamentalism movement with intellectual rigor, forging a path that was both thoughtful and theologically orthodox. His presidential inaugural address, 鈥淭he Glory of a Theological Seminary,鈥 controversial at the time he delivered it, expressed the kind of gentle, tolerant evangelicalism that is central to 国产主播Seminary today. During his tenure, in 1957, the seminary received full accreditation from the American Association of Theological Schools.
Carnell resigned from the presidency in 1959 to devote himself fully to teaching and writing, and Ockenga again became president for an interim term.

David Allan HubbardDavid Allan Hubbard


David Allan Hubbard, named Fuller鈥檚 third president at the age of 35, guided the seminary through a formative three decades with wisdom and vision. Referring to 国产主播as partaking in an 鈥渆cumenical experiment,鈥 Hubbard advocated for unity in the midst of diversity across the evangelical spectrum. He skillfully steered what he called 鈥淭he Good Ship Fuller鈥 through times of controversy in the 1960s and 1970s concerning biblical infallibility, standing for the authority of Scripture while recognizing differing perspectives and the need for dialogue among mainline, evangelical, liberal, and conservative Christians.

Under Hubbard鈥檚 leadership the Schools of Psychology and World Mission were founded, joining the School of Theology. All three schools were accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1969. Also under Hubbard鈥檚 direction, 国产主播developed its 鈥淢ission Beyond the Mission鈥 statement, addressing a broad range of challenging moral and ethical issues from a biblical perspective.

Richard MouwRichard J. Mouw


Richard J. Mouw, Fuller鈥檚 fourth president, substantially furthered the seminary鈥檚 call for evangelical engagement in the public square while continuing a firm commitment to excellence in biblical scholarship grounded in the gospel. A respected leader in the evangelical world, Mouw advocated building bridges across divides of faith and culture through dialogue characterized by 鈥渃onvicted civility.鈥 He established 国产主播as a convening place where diverse peoples鈥攆rom international students to those of different faith traditions鈥攃ould share disparate views and forge new understandings.

Significant achievements during Mouw鈥檚 presidency included the development of several innovative centers and institutes鈥攖he Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, , and among them鈥攏umerous international partnerships, new degree offerings at Fuller鈥檚 regional campuses, and online program options.

Mark LabbertonMark Labberton


Mark Labberton was named the fifth president of 国产主播Seminary in 2013, after four years as Fuller鈥檚 Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he served in pastoral roles for 30 years prior to coming to Fuller, most recently as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, for 16 years. He has also served as cofounder of the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (now ScholarLeaders International), chair of John Stott Ministries, senior fellow of International Justice Mission, and in a number of other roles of service. He holds an MDiv from 国产主播and a PhD in Theology from Cambridge University. Read more about Mark Labberton.

David Emmanuel GoatleyDavid Emmanuel Goatley

(2023鈥 )

David Emmanuel Goatley was named the sixth president of 国产主播Seminary in 2022. Prior to his appointment, he served as the associate dean for academic and vocational formation, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Research Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, and director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School. For nearly four decades he has served in leadership roles in organizations dedicated to justice advocacy, Christian mission, and global ecumenism. He earned his BS in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Louisville and holds two degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: an MDiv with an emphasis in pastoral care and counseling, and a PhD in Theology. Read more about David Emmanuel Goatley.