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Christian Ministries Department


Kimberly Budd, Undergraduate Department Chair

David Sanders, Graduate Program Director

Kimberly Budd, Bret Koontz, David Sanders


The Department of Christian Ministries exists to......

             To educate, equip, and empower

                    life-long spiritual leaders

          for ministry among people worldwide,

Strengthening the body of Christ for all generations.


Department majors are built on the premise that effective ministry requires the ministry leader to become an ongoing student of God's Word, culture, people, and ministry, as well as skilled in leadership, administration, teaching and speaking, and mentoring and discipleship.

These programs, built around a common set of core courses, are designed to provide students with the character development, spiritual growth, biblical and theological grounding, and skills needed for effective service in churches, youth ministries, mission agencies, social service centers, non-profit agencies, and other Christian organizations. Students are taught timeless foundational ministry principles and practical application tools necessary for effective ministry leadership in ever-changing and diverse cultures.

Students in the department are taught through a combination of practice and theory, allowing them to construct and develop their own models of ministry, grounded in a biblical theology of ministry. Each program involves coursework in biblical and theological studies, social sciences, as well as in ministry specific areas. All students gain extensive experience through 2.5 years of practicums and internships.

Undergraduate Majors

The Department of Christian Ministries is home to three undergraduate ministry degrees:

  • BA in Youth and Family Studies
  • BA in Christian Ministries
  • BA in Intercultural Leadership/Missions

Graduate Program

The department also offers a Master of Arts degree in Ministry Leadership, designed to prepare students to develop and lead biblically grounded, strategic, effective ministries in church, parachurch and not-for-profit settings.

Thrive Program

Thrive is an innovative program that provides a select group of ministry students with the enhanced support and development opportunities needed to pursue an accelerated educational track, completing both a ministry undergraduate degree and the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership in 5 years.

Student Success and Registrar's Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
Vice President for Student Success and

University Registrar


Maria Aguirre
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (BA) and Graduate


Casimiro Vela
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (AA)


Caitlin Kiel
Assistant to the Registrar:
Catalog and Reporting


Kirsten Olson

Transfer Student Director


Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Advisor


Rebecca Huguley
Registrar's Office Coordinator
Transcript Orders and Enrollment Verifications


General Inquiries

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