Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Ministry, Pastoral Ministry Concentration
MVNU’s Christian Ministry major with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry will give you the foundation needed to provide pastoral care and leadership within a local faith community. 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.
MVNU faculty are not only qualified academically, but also bring ministry experience to the classroom. With a variety of backgrounds in different ministry roles, and current ministry involvement, the faculty are well prepared to apply the principles of ministry in a relevant and practical way.
Practical ministry experience is a part of the program at MVNU. What you learn in the classroom will be applied in the context of a local church or ministry. Beyond the required practical experience, many internships and service possibilities are available for additional practical experience. Christian Ministry majors from MVNU are readily able to find placement in ministry positions and are serving in those roles successfully.
Explore a deep and wide ministry curriculum, designed for application in a pastoral context..
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:
- Belize (Tropical Biology)
- Croatia, Austria & Hungary
- Spain, Portugal & France
- Greater Columbus Area
- San Francisco
- New Orleans
- Washington, D.C.
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The Christian Ministry major with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry 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 as a lead pastor or associate pastor and shepherd the flock.
Expand the reach of the gospel by planting churches across the nation and around the world.
Pastor in an organizational setting that blends business with humanitarian efforts.
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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Explore deeper facets of your own faith as you learn more about the faith of others through a Christ-centered lens.