A calling requires preparation. Our religion program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.


Most of our graduates are hired as pastors in various Adventist conferences. Other graduates attend the Seminary or enter other programs for chaplaincy, counseling, medicine, or teaching. They also become qualified to work as missionaries, colporteur directors, religion editors in publishing companies, Bible teachers in grade schools and academies, or departmental directors and administrators at various levels of the Adventist Church.

Job Outlook
Our graduates are interviewed each year by conference presidents within the Southwestern Union as well as from outside of the Union. About 90% of our graduates are hired as pastors or as youth/associate pastors. Employment opportunities will increase in the next few years as a significant number of pastors in North America will retire from active ministry.

Educational Qualifications
Graduates are strongly encouraged to pursue graduate work in order to meet the demands of a highly educated society and the needs of local parishioners. A doctorate will be required for those who want to teach religion at an Adventist college or seminary level.

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.


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Graduates are interviewed every year by conference presidents within the Southwestern Union as well as from outside the Union. Employment opportunities throughout North America are expected to increase in the next few years as many pastors will be retiring from active ministry.

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” --Luke 10:2. Not everyone is qualified to serve as a pastor, a missionary or a Bible worker. Are you? God may be calling you.


  • Pastor
  • Church administrator
  • Bible worker
  • Teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Missionary
  • Hospital chaplain
  • Military chaplain


percent of our recent religion and theology graduates are working or are in graduate school.

Required Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
RELL 240New Testament Greek 15
RELL 241New Testament Greek 24
RELL 340Intermediate New Testament Greek3
RELL 343Biblical Hebrew 13
RELL 344Biblical Hebrew 23
RELH 314Origin & Development of the Bible3
 Sub-Total Credits21


Faculty Profiles

Jorge Rico, PhD


Joaquim Azevedo, PhD

Associate Professor/Department Chair

Michael Campbell, PhD

Associate Professor