Apologetics315 Interview with Rick Walston
president of Columbia Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Walston answers these questions . . .
• What does the college offer?
• What is mentorship study?
• How are the courses self-paced?
• How is coursework customized for each student?
• How does a student select their mentor?
• Who are some of the faculty?
• Is CES accredited? Why not?
• What to watch out for with accreditation
• Who needs an accredited school?
• Who is this school not for?
• Who is this school a good match for?
• Does CES measure up to 'brick and mortar' schools?
• What are the degree programs CES offers?
• What are the tuition costs? (with comparisons)
• And more...
Research on Religion Interview with the president of Columbia Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Anthony Gill, professor of political science at the University of Washington and distinguished senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, interviews Dr. Walston about Columbia Evangelical Seminary's distance learning programs. "We talk with Dr. Rick Walston, founder and president of Columbia Evangelical Seminary, as he discusses his history and the challenges associated with creating a seminary where students are not physically present on campus."
A Few Favorite Quotes:
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." Elbert Hubbard
"It's almost impossible for liberals to brainwash people who can read." Ann Coulter
I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science. Charles Darwin (cited by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin, New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1991) p. 456.
Its supposed to be hard. If it wasnt hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. Tom Hanks, as the character Jimmy Dugan speaking to a player in the movie A League of Their Own.
"Always have a dream in one hand and a plan in the other." —Janice G. Taitano
"He who has all the answers hasn't heard all the questions."—Rick Walston
From the President
Hello and welcome to the CES website. I am often asked what theological persuasion or denominational affiliation CES has. Well, as you can tell from looking at our statement of fundamental beliefs, we are a conservative Christian school.
Denomination? We have various people on our faculty, and these people represent various denominations. On our faculty are Pentecostal members and Reformed members. We have cessationists and continuationists. We have people who are Independent Baptist and people who are Reformed Baptist. We have Methodists and Jewish-Messianic. There are Presbyterian USA and Christian & Missionary Alliance, and more. Why?
We believe that an institution of higher learning should teach its students how to think and not simply how to parrot. We do, as I said above, have a statement of faith to which we all agree and adhere. Beyond these basic and essential points of the Christian faith, however, room is left for discussion and debate. It is not our goal to make our students think alike or believe the same exact thing. It is our goal to help them learn how to think critically and be able to evaluate varying theological and philosophical perspectives and ideas.
Inevitably, the next question is, "Well, what is your theological persuasion?" First let me say that CES is not built upon its president. The next president of CES (whoever that may be) might be a person with opposing theological leanings from me. (Opposing in the non-essentials.)
However, this is equally as tough for me to answer because my background is eclectic. I was first baptized as a new believer in an Independent Reformed Baptist church. I studied in, learned from, and went in the direction of the Reformed Tradition. Then, I attended an Assemblies of God church for a few years. I studied at a charismatic Bible college and later transferred to a decidedly non-charismatic, Christian college to finish my undergraduate studies. I went on with that school to earn my first Master's degree. Capping off my eclectic-educational career, I earned a D.Min. at an Evangelical school, and a Ph.D. with a university in the Reformed tradition. Then, for fun, I enrolled for an M.A. in Humanities/Philosophy at a secular university and for an M.A. in Apologetics with a Christian university; I have pastored in both Assemblies of God churches and Independent churches, and I presently attend The Summit, an Evangelical Free church, whose pastor, The Rev. Ross Holtz, is Reformed. (For more personal information about me, see favorites.html)
My longtime friend Tyler Ramey coined a phrase that I like, "Pentellectual" (an intellectual Pentecostal). So, if you don't mind, I am a Conservative Evangelical Pentellectual (for more about this, see Coffee Talk #77). In brief, I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and in the fact that the Bible is our sole rule of faith and practice.
About the President
Doctor of Philosophy, North-West University
Doctor of Ministry, Bakke Graduate University
M.A. in Apologetics, Luther Rice University
M.A. (ABT) Humanities/Philosophy, California State University
Master of Religion, Warner Pacific College
Bachelor of Arts, Warner Pacific College
Associate of Practical Theology, Christ For The Nations Institute
Visual and Audio Media:
Dr. Walston appeared on “Unlocking the Gifts in You” (DVD - 3 disc set) for the Foursquare Women International as an expert on the gifts of the Spirit. He has also appeared on CrossTalk Christian TV (an internationally syndicated television & radio program) in a three-part series an expert on Christian distance learning. Interview by Dr. Randy Weiss. Topics: higher education and understanding who is giving you your diploma. Dr. Walston has also been a guest on “The Dividing Line,” an Internet radio ministry of Alpha & Omega Ministries. Interviewed by Rich Pierce, president. Topic: Christian distance learning.
Due to his expertise, he has been interviewed for articles with regard to Christian distance learning by various TV, radio, and written media, including World Magazine and Christianity Today (appearing multiple times in Christianity Today). He has also been interviewed by Charisma Magazine for an article on the issue of speaking in tongues by Pentecostals.
Among other awards, Dr. Walston is listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America (2008), the Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge, England, (1994), the Marquis Who's Who in the West (1992-93), and he was named as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America (1984).
Ministry & Affiliations:
He is a retired pastor having pastored in both Assemblies of God churches and independent churches for more than two decades. He is a charter member of International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA), a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Dr. Walston is a professor for Columbia Evangelical Seminary, and he has worked with other universities including Greenwich School of Theology of the United Kingdom, and North-West University (Potchefstroom campus) of South Africa. Dr. Walston also teaches adult classes in his home church.
Dr. Walston is an author with many articles on education and Christian studies, and multiple books:
Seeking To Divorce-Proof Your Marriage
(Published by Lulu, 2009)
Walston's Guide to Christian Distance Learning
(Published by Xulon Press, 2007)
Something Happened on the Way to Happily Ever After: A Biblical View of Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage
(Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2006)
The Speaking in Tongues Controversy: The Initial, Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit Debate
(Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2005, and previously by Xulon Press, 2003)
Unraveling the Mystery of The Motivational Gifts: Your Gifts Discovery Manual
(Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2005, and previously by Xulon Press, 2002)
Divorce and Remarriage: An Amplification of the Assemblies of God Position Paper on Divorce and Remarriage
(Published by Gospel Publishing House, 1991)
He has written numerous and various articles for magazines and newspapers: See some of Dr. Walston's articles at Coffee Talk
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