Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Ministry
Are you looking to prepare yourself for ministry, but are open to a variety of ministry roles and places? MVNU’s Christian Ministry major will give you the foundation needed to provide pastoral care and leadership in a variety of settings and ministry positions.
Students in this concentration will receive both the academic and practical education needed to minister in today’s context. Foundational knowledge in the areas of Bible, theology, and church history is expanded and applied through practical theology courses in preaching, worship, leadership, and pastoral care.
Additionally, the smaller major size allows for more extensive study in other disciplines, which benefits those interested in church planting or co-vocational ministry. You’ll get hands-on practice in local churches and ministry organizations as part of your required coursework.
Explore a deep and wide ministry curriculum, designed for application in a wide variety of ministry contexts.
Faith & learning at MVNU
As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.
The School of Theology and Philosophy offers annual opportunities to travel to countries significant to the Christian faith. Our most recent trips include:
- Croatia, Austria & Hungary
- Spain, Portugal & France
- Greater Columbus Area
- San Francisco
- New Orleans
- Washington, D.C.
Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.
The Christian Ministry major will provide excellent preparation for those intending to serve in local church ministry roles such as lead pastor, associate pastor, or church planter. The program also provides a good foundation for those intending to pursue the further education and training required for chaplaincy in a hospital or in the military.
Serve a church as a pastor, executive pastor, or associate pastor and lead your flock in the gentle ways of Jesus.
Focus on the great commission by expanding into new communities.
Serve and lead within Christian ministries and faith-based non-profit organizations.
Meet the Faculty
Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.
Rev. Jennifer Ballenger
Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministries
Dr. Brenita Nicholas-Edwards
Assistant Vice President for Global Engagement
Professor Timothy Radcliffe
Director of the Library
Dr. Henry “Hank” Spaulding, III
Assistant Professor of Theology and Associate Campus Pastor
Dr. Eric Vail
Associate Professor of Theology
Dr. Doug VanNest
Dean of the School of Christian Ministry and Professor of Pastoral Practices
Hyson Campus Center
The School of Christian Ministry is located on the second floor of Hyson Campus Center — a centralized hub that merges academics and campus life.
The first floor of Hyson Campus Center is home to the dining commons, President's Dining Room, The Recreation Equipment Center (The REC), Student Government Association, and the new student union.
On the second floor you will find the offices of Campus Ministries, Student Life, Counseling, Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Center for Global Engagement, the School of Christian Ministry, and the Education Department. Campus-wide activities such as Global Spotlights (pictured) take place in the lobby. Classrooms are found on both the second and third floors.
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