Heidelberg Theological Seminary is pleased to present our updated academic seal. Distinct and separate from our logo and other icons, this seal will be used on diplomas and other items of distinguished affirmation.
Our seal is deeply symbolic, not only of who we are, but of what we believe.
The Scripture in the center shows the centrality of God’s Word in its entirety. HTS is bound by the self-authenticating, self-referential Word as the only rule for faith and practice.
The harvest above depicts three things which are more subtle.
First, the harvest represents our mission (which can be found in Matthew 28). Second, the three heads of wheat symbolize the Trinity, consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, one eternal God, the Creator of all (Col. 1:16). Third, the trifold braid of the binding represents our confessions: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort. These subordinate standards are useful as teaching tools, summarizing doctrine as found in the Word of God.
Finally, our seminary text is Romans 10:14: “But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”