Ryle Seminary is an evangelical, cross-denominational school seeking to equip students for confident gospel ministry.  Founded in the Fall of 2012 as Ottawa Theological College, our name was changed in 2015 to Ryle Seminary, in honour of John Charles Ryle, the noted Anglican evangelical clergyman, bishop, and Biblical commentator of the late 19th century.  We are unashamedly evangelical and reformed in theological outlook, and cherish the spiritual heritage passed on to us from the Reformation.  Our objective is to train future generations of Church ministers, missionaries, and leaders, as well as providing lay Christian education. Our faculty and students come from a variety of evangelical denominations.

Ryle College is located in downtown Ottawa, near Parliament Hill and is affiliated with Church of the Messiah, which is part of the Anglican Network in Canada.

 

Our Distinctives

Cross-Denominational

Ryle Seminary is a cross-denominational Christian college seeking to build partnerships with leaders from a variety of evangelical and orthodox backgrounds. This is done through the equipping of Christian leaders for confident gospel-centred ministry in the capital region.

Anglican

Anglican refers to Ryle Seminary’s commitment to the historical foundations of the Christian faith which include the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer (1662) and the Ordinal. These documents guide our doctrinal convictions and teaching as well as our commitment to the authority of scripture.

Evangelical

We believe in the Trinity and the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of our Lord. We believe in the uniqueness of Christ as the only way to God the Father. We believe in humankind’s fallen nature, the necessity of grace for salvation, justification by faith and we unreservedly hold to the Bible as our rule of faith alongside evangelicals around the world.

Denominationally Diverse

Our faculty is drawn from a number of denominations and maintains a generously evangelical, reformed, Biblical and Trinitarian understanding of the Christian faith as reflected in our Founding Principles.

Biblically Grounded

It is within this context that Ryle affirms working together with Christians within and across denominational lines in authentic, Biblical ways, celebrating the unity we share with fellow believers in essential matters of faith, while respecting freedom of conscience in secondary areas.

Local and Globally Focused

As a community of world Christians in a local setting, we acknowledge the urgent need for greater unity among believers (John 17:20-21), and the need for a deeper commitment to the task of making disciples among all nations (Acts 1:8). We do this acknowledging the cross-cultural challenges brought about through massive migration, religious pluralism, and fragmentation among Christians.

We are dedicated to training students for Christian service by providing them a solid curriculum involving scripture, doctrine, and practical theology, particularly emphasizing expository preaching for those called to proclamation of the word.

Our Founding Principles:

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We affirm the sufficiency and supremacy of the Bible, “God‘s Word written”, as our rule of faith, containing all things necessary for salvation.

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We affirm that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross on our behalf was a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice for sin, that we are regenerated by the grace of God, justified through faith in Christ, and that there is no salvation available apart from him.

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We affirm the Christian Church throughout the world as the company of faithful people where the pure Word of God is preached, and the two sacraments instituted by Christ–baptism, and the Lord’s Supper–are observed.

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We affirm the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion as containing the true doctrine of the Church, and the Jerusalem Declaration as a contemporary expression of this heritage.*

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We affirm the Great Commission’s mandate to make disciples of all nations, and to help believers reach maturity in the faith.

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We affirm and uphold a traditional understanding of Biblical norms for marriage and personal morality.

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We affirm working together with Christians across denominational lines in authentic, Biblical ways, celebrating unity with fellow believers in essential matters, while respecting freedom of conscience in secondary areas.

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We affirm the ministry of the Holy Spirit throughout history and in today’s world, as equipping believers for ministry to others, and building up God’s church through miraculously changed lives.

* Non-Anglicans should note that this principle does not assert the exclusive validity of Anglican polity.