Donald A. Cheyney, M.Div., Chair
Professor Michael C. Dittman, Ph.D.
Kevin D. Huggins, Ph.D.
Matthew M. McAlack, Th.M.
Assistant ProfessorDonald A. Cheyney, M.Div.
William J. Dunn, M.S.
James C. Meyer, Ed.D.
Part-time FacultyLisa M. Kuzma, M.S.
John C. O’Brien, Th.M.
Adjunct FacultyK. Blair Benjamin, M.S.
Cameron Garven, M.A.
Sali Kaceli, B.S.
David Wiedis, J.D.
The Department of Church Ministries provides a broad range of professional programs
designed to prepare the student for church and church-related ministries. The
department offers programs in the following fields of study: Pastoral Ministries,
Pre-Seminary, Youth Ministries, Missions, Discipleship Counseling, Camping, Children’s
Ministries, and an interdisciplinary program.
If you are considering a career in church ministries or simply desire to serve
the Lord skillfully in the local church, one of the Church Ministries programs
will likely meet your needs. This department offers a variety of ministry specialties
taught by skilled ministry veterans. Years of hands-on ministry experience; a
passion to see students know, love, and understand the local church; and solid
academic credentials are hallmarks of our faculty.
God has called all believers to a life of service to Himself and to others. The
Department of Church Ministries exists to lay a foundation in equipping students
for a lifetime of service in and through the Church. Biblical knowledge is coupled
with development of practical ministry skills in an area of specialization. Each
specialty enablea a student to think biblically about ministry and then apply
that knowledge appropriately and effectively.
- The student will be able to articulate a biblical understanding of the local
- The student will be able to apply biblical thinking to the general issues relating
to ministry, leadership, and management.
- The student will be able to use specialized skills in his/her chosen ministry.
- The student will be able to minister in a culturally sensitive way.
- The student will mature in his/her relationship with God, self, and others.
The Pastoral and Pre-Seminary programs are designed to prepare a student for
the pastorate, pastoral staff positions and/or graduate study. Both programs explore
the biblical model and principles of ministry, as well as practical and business
aspects confronting the local pastor. Core courses include: Nature and Purpose
of the Local Church, Ministry Leadership and Management, Pastoral Ministry, Counseling,
Homiletics, and a Pastoral Internship.
The Youth Ministry program is designed for students pursuing ministry with teenagers
either in a local church or para-church context. The program enables a student
to develop a philosophy of youth ministry that is biblically based and culturally
sensitive. There is a strong emphasis on teaching methodologies and programming
strategies. Core courses include: Youth Culture, Philosophy of Youth Ministry,
Effective Bible Teaching, Organization and Administration in Youth Ministry, Ministering
to Families with Youth, and aYouth Internship.
The Missions program is designed for students pursuing ministry in a cross-cultural
context both within the United States and around the world. The program emphasizes
the intercultural competencies necessary to build relationships with people from
different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Core courses include: Biblical and
Historical Foundations of Missions, Missionary Life and Work, Church Planting
and Development, Intercultural Communication, and a professional internship in
The Discipleship Counseling program is designed for students desiring a ministry
in counseling. This program should be considered as a preparatory course of study.
The course work includes counseling in the local church context and psychology.
Core courses include: Counseling Ministry, Applied Biblical Counseling, Marriage
and Family Counseling, Moral and Legal Issues in Christian Counseling, General
Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Human Development, and Educational Psychology.
A Dual-Level degree program allows students to receive their B.S. in Bible degree
and an M.S. in Christian Counseling degree in 5 to 5 1/2 years. A limited number
of students are admitted to this program each year.
Other specialized programs are available in: Church Ministries Interdisciplinary,
Camping, and Children’s Ministries.
Students who have graduated from these programs have found career opportunities
as pastors, associate pastors, youth ministers, Christian education directors,
missionaries, church planters, counselors, evangelists, sports ministry directors,
and children’s workers as well as in camping ministries. Many go on to seminary or