About Us

About us


Laramie Valley Chapel, located in Laramie, WY, saw the need for an accredited seminary program closer to home.

They wanted to provide men and women with a sound biblical education, intrusive discipleship, and fully integrate the program into the local church. Shepherds Theological Seminary and Laramie Valley Chapel worked together to create a truly unique program. The result of their efforts was the creation of The WEST Institute, a fully accredited seminary program.

An Accredited Seminary For All

The WEST Institute is beneficial for believers heading into any line of work, not just future full-time ministers.  Students earn an accredited 42-hour Master of Theological Studies degree from Shepherds Theological Seminary and are prepared to better serve in their local church, minister to their coworkers, and lead their family.  If anyone should desire to continue their education, all classes transfer into the Master of Divinity program. M. Div. classes will be taken through Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC.

We strive to stretch students in their faith through intensive study of the Bible, living in community, and experiencing God’s creation in outdoor pursuits.  Through this one-year program students equip themselves for a more effective life of ministry.


What Our Students Are Saying…

"It’s made me more aware of my heart, looking to evaluate my motivations and what they’re saying about God in the moment rather than realizing them later when it’s too late."

— 2018 Graduate

"For the first time in my 15 years as a Christian I finally feel like I am walking with Christ on a daily basis."

— 2016 Graduate

"For me, this experience has dramatically opened my eyes to a huge hole that I didn't know existed. My walk with Christ has been deepened beyond all expectations."

— 2016 Graduate

"Classes changed the way I view the Bible. Israel changed the way I read the Bible. The Bible Institute gave me a broad overview to better understand the Bible. The Heart Study changed my relationship with Christ as I saw my sin for what it really was."

— 2016 Graduate