Our Christian Heritage: University of Findlay and  the Churches of God, General Conference

​​​The University of Findlay is a place where Christian leaders flourish. Desiring to see all students equipped for meaningful lives and productive careers, the University is dedicated to helping students discover their particular calling, whether that be serving as a physical therapist, business leader or teacher. For those who long to better understand how that calling fits in with a life of faith, the University stands ready and eager to help.

Earliest 1890ish web.jpgThis dedication to discerning "calling" focus has been a part of the University of Findlay since the beginning. The Churches of God, General Conference  (CGGC) (which was then the Churches of God in North America), and the town of Findlay, Ohio, founded this University in 1882 as a Christ-centered college – initially naming the new institution Findlay College.

Old Main in the 1890s. It was the original building on campus and was built by the Churches of God, General Conference and the city of Findlay.

Over the years, UF has embraced a welcoming educational environment – supporting individuals from all faiths – but its roots remain with the Churches of God, General Conference. Today, the University and the CGGC enjoy a strong connection through board of trustees leadership, shared learning and worship spaces and a joint religious studies program that prepares individuals for a life of ministry.

Winebrenner Theological Seminary.JPGThe CGGC's seminary, Winebrenner Theological Seminary (WTS), is located directly beside the University's main campus. Students, faculty and staff from both institutions learn, grow and are inspired to find their calling through the shared campuses. The connection between the seminary and the University goes back to 1942 when WTS was established as a graduate school of theology for Findlay College. It became a separate institution in 1961, but the connection to UF has remained strong. WTS continues to serve the CGGC as its sole seminary as well as students from many different denominational backgrounds. Winebrenner offers four master's programs, a Doctor of Ministry Program and collaborates with UF to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies Program.


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Also located directly beside the University of Findlay's campus, and just north of the seminary, is College First Church of God, which is a member of the Great Lakes Conference of CGGC. This vibrant church community is comprised of community members and students from the University. Pastors Bill Reist and Will Miller oversee weekly worship offerings at the church, actively collaborating with the University to support those students striving to become strong Christian leaders.


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Through the University's own Campus Ministry Department, directed by Pastor Matt Ginter (ordained in the CGGC), UF students have a wide variety of on-campus Christian leadership and fellowship opportunities with which to get involved. Ranging from student-led contemporary worship services to a wide array of small groups and Bible studies, a culture of faith, spiritual growth and community building is evident at the University of Findlay.

For students who are called to a life of ministry, the University and Winebrenner Theological Seminary collaborate to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Christian Studies. This program is taught by faculty from both organizations and prepares individuals for pastoral training in some denominations, including the Churches of God, General Conference, and serves as foundational training for individuals seeking to enter the seminary for graduate studies.