Accreditation & Mission Statement
The HMS Richards Divinity School holds accreditation with:
- ATS (Association of Theological Schools) -- Full Membership
The Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada
The Commission on Accrediting
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110
La Sierra University is accredited by:
- AAA (Adventist Accreditation Association)
- WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
Mission Statement and Vision Statement
The La Sierra University HMS Richards Divinity School, a graduate theological school within the system of Seventh-day Adventist higher education, seeks to integrate believing, thinking, and acting through teaching, scholarship, dialogue, and service, preparing Christian leaders for effective ministries in the church, academy, and world in which we live.
We see ourselves as an open community of learning and service, conviction and hospitality, solidarity and diversity, where faith seeks both understanding and transformation.
Our vision is to be attentive to the calling of Jesus Christ to present truth,* while not forgetting how God has led us in our past history,* and ever listening and reaching out through the empowering of the Spirit to a changing church and world.
We seek to form leaders who will be both effective and win-some spokespersons for the gospel, and capable of coura-geously standing for the right though the heavens fall.* We seek collaborations with congregations and partner institutions where conversations can deepen our service in Godís cause in the world.
[*Allusions to E.G. White, Maranatha 219; Life Sketches 196; Education 57]