bachelor of arts in PaSTORAL mINISTRY AND biblical studies

Overview of Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies

This degree combines strong academic preparation with significant practical experiences. Through this program, you will be equipped with a strong foundation of Bible and theology courses on which to start ministry or attend seminary. You can expect to gain a broad training and experience in ministry courses and in-field experiences in the local church.

Who Should Apply

If you love God’s word and love people, and have been called into ministry, this program is for you.

Career Paths

You will be prepared to enter a preaching pastorate in a local church, to serve as an associate pastor in a church, or to attend seminary very well prepared. You will also be prepared to serve in a variety of capacities in other church or para church ministries that value visionary and biblical leadership.

Required Credits

120 credits required including: Pastoral Ministry (26), Biblical Studies (30), General Education (30), Christian Ministry (12), Free and/or Emphasis Electives (22). 


Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical
thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 51 credits

General Education – 21 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • College Writing II (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
  • Science/Math Elective (3 credits)
  • Social Science Elective (3 credits)
  • Humanities Elective (2 credits)
  • General Education Electives (4 credits)
biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 9 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Outreach (2 credits)
  • Intercultural Outreach (1 credit)
Pastoral Ministry – 5 Credits
  • Teaching in Ministry (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Pastoral Ministry (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)

exploration courses – 26 credits

General Education – 6 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • Church History (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 9 Credits
  • Old Testament Elective (3 credits, Upper Level)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credits, Upper Level)
  • Mentoring and Leadership in Ministry (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 3 Credits
  • Outreach (2 credits, 1 Upper Level)
  • Intercultural Outreach (1 credit, Upper Level)
Pastoral Ministry – 8 Credits
  • Professional Ethics (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Preaching (3 credits)
  • The Practice of Preaching (3 credits)

immersion courses – 21 credits

General Education – 3 Credits
  • Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 9 Credits
  • Bible Electives (9 credits, 3 Upper Level)
Pastoral Ministry – 9 Credits
  • Pastoral Theology (Capstone) (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Internship (6 credits)

free and/or Emphasis electives – 22 Credits

Dr. Jeff Wisdom

Director of Pastoral ministry

Department Chair: Biblical Studies 
Program Director: Pastoral Ministry 
Instructor: Biblical Studies, Greek, Pastoral Ministries

B.B.S. (Bachelor of Biblical Science) 
Western Bible College, Morrison, CO 
M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry 
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, MA 
Ph.D. in New Testament 
University of Durham, Durham, England 
Sell Lake Community Church, Park Rapids, MN 
OHCC since 2004

Jeff Wisdom