History & Milestones
The Founding and Early Years
In the 1980s when Evangelical Formosan Church General Assembly (EFCGA) was promoting church planting movements and saw a shortage of ministers, the Lord put in the hearts of EFC leaders the vision of establishing a seminary to train more gospel workers. On May 2nd, 1989, the Seminary was officially founded and was named “Logos Evangelical Seminary (美國台福神學院).” During the starting period, classes were held in the basement of EFC of Los Angeles. After a few months, the Seminary rented space at William Carey University in Pasadena as its campus.
By August 1990, Logos was already registered with Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) in California to grant Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Master of Divinity (MDiv), and Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) degrees. In 2006, Master of Theology (ThM) was set up to prepare students for further academic pursuit in the doctorate level, as well as enhancing specialized areas of function in ministry.
The Midterm Correction
Originally, classes were taught in Taiwanese dialect due to the needs of EFC and other Taiwanese-speaking churches. In 1994, Logos got the approval of the Immigration Office to issue I-20, allowing it to recruit international students. In the same year, when Rev. James Taylor visited the Seminary, he proposed to the Seminary the need of a “Midterm Correction.” After much consideration, a consensus was reached to address the need of Chinese churches around the world and to expand the Seminary’s original goal to serving the Chinese globally. As a result, the main teaching language was changed to Mandarin.
Since inception, Logos has made significant efforts to provide quality education and to conform to the strict standards of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). By the grace of the Lord, in 1996, the Seminary bought the beautiful campus located in the city of El Monte and the student housing facility “House of Good Shepherd” in the city of San Gabriel. This made the Seminary better equipped for the expansion to come and for the application for ATS accreditation.
In 1999, Logos became a fully accredited member of ATS and the first Asian American seminary to have earned such a distinction. Besides, it also saw a steady increase in student enrollments. In 2004, the Seminary had more than 200 graduates through its fifteen years of operation.
In addition, to prepare Logos for the challenges ahead, the Board of Directors voted to establish a Foundation in 2000 to raise, invest, and manage the endowment funds for the long-term financial planning of the Seminary and to establish a solid financial base for its future development.
As Logos celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009, it embarked onto another new phase of greater development and expansion. The Seminary started an extension site in Chicago in 2009 to meet the growing need of quality theological education in the Midwest region. Pioneer MA courses were offered. In 2012, Chicago Campus successfully obtained approval from ATS to grant MA degree and acquired a new campus location.
In the spirit of achieving higher standards, the Seminary started the process of applying for Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC) accreditation at the end of 2007 and was accredited in 2012. With WSCUC accreditation, Logos would be in the same standing as major educational institutions and connect and exchange with their resources and experiences to keep in step globally.
In 2012-13, on fulfilling the needs for cross-cultural ministry overseas or in North America, Logos launched two new programs: MACS-Intercultural Studies Concentration (MACS-ICS) and Logos Total Immersion Program (Logos-TIP) Certificate. In addition, seeing that today´s church is crying out for bold leadership to address the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of this era, the Seminary is developing Ph.D. program to train visionary, theologically sound scholars.
To date, Logos has more than 650 alumni serving in over 30 countries around the world with the mind, heart, and hands of Christ. Their commitment and the fruits they bear are witnesses to Logos’ spirit: Attempt Great Things for God; Rescue Millions of Souls.
In early 2013, the campus renovation project was conceived because of the needs in our Ph.D. program and the expansion of our library and chapel. The plan was to consolidate the four detached buildings into a contemporary campus. After three years of planning and 16 months of hard work, the Phase I Campus Renovation Project, covering Buildings B & C, was completed in March 2017! Thanks be to God for His provision is “more than we ask or imagine”!
- Started to provide “Master of Art in Intercultural Studies program”.
- Logos´ first phase of the campus renovation was finished in March of 2017.
- Officially launched “e-Campus: Synchronized Cloud Class”.
- Campus renovation project in full motion.
- Started to provide Ph.D. and Master of Art in Family Ministry programs.
- Groundbreaking held for campus renovation project.
- Rev. Kuo-Liang Lin became the second president.
- Bought the third dormitory “House of Blessings”, a total of 10 units.
- Celebrate 25th year anniversary and handover of Presidency from Rev. Felix Liu to Rev. Kuo-Liang Lin.
- Received renewed accreditation by ATS.
- Approved by ATS to grant MA degree at Chicago Campus
- Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC)
- Launched online registration
- Launched Library Automation
- Started Chicago Campus to offer MACS courses
- Launched e-Campus program
- Aligned the Seminary´s Chinese name with its English name
- Established Logos Evangelical Seminary in Taiwan
- Formed the Sister-School relationship with Chung Yuan Christian University
- Launched Asian American Ministry
- Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)
- Moved to a new campus at El Monte
- Student housing at “House of Good Shepherd”
- Authorized to issue I-20 to enroll nonimmigrant alien students
- Expanded student recruitment from Taiwanese-speaking to including Mandarin-speaking students
- Authorized by Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) in California
- Rev. Felix Liu assumed the first president.
- “Logos Evangelical Seminary (美國台福神學院)” was officially founded.