Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Ministry, Youth & Family Ministry Concentration
MVNU’s Christian Ministry major with a concentration in Youth and Family Ministry will give you the foundation needed to provide pastoral care and leadership to either children or teenagers, along with their families. Students in this program will receive both the academic and practical education provided by the Christian Ministry major, but will receive specialized focus and training through the concentration in either youth ministry or children’s ministry. Graduates will be equipped and ready to serve as youth pastors or children’s pastors in a local church ministry.
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 to help you reach and disciple the next generation.
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 Youth and Family Ministry will provide excellent preparation for those intending to serve in local church ministry as youth pastors, children’s pastors, or family ministry pastors. The program also provides an excellent foundation for those intending to pursue further education in seminary or other graduate school.
Serve middle school and high school students in a church environment.
Work with the littlest believers and help nurture their faith.
Work with couples and families to support faith and development.
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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