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.

Programs

Religion (B.A.)

The Department of Religion provides a Christ-centered and Bible-based religious education that is in line with the global mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Emphasis is placed in such areas as biblical understanding, personal application, and service to the church. Classes in this major are typically small, which provides ample time for interaction between professor and student. The program also offers the opportunity to add other areas (minors) that best fit the academic and professional goals of the student.

Theology (B.A.)

The Department of Religion prepares pastors who are able to integrate theological knowledge with pastoral training for excellence in ministry. Emphasis is placed in such areas as biblical understanding and personal application, church leadership and administration, evangelism, and pastoral service to the church. Classes in this major are typically small, which provides ample time for interaction between professor and student. The program offers unique opportunities for practical ministry and evangelism through required church assignments and its Field School of Evangelism.

Your Future

Careers

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.

Sample Job Titles

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

100%

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

Students & Alumni

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Faculty Profiles

Jorge Rico, PhD

Religion
Professor/Department Chair
(817) 202-6400

Bill Kilgore, DMin

Religion
Professor
(817) 202-6479

Ingo Sorke, PhD

Religion
Professor
(817) 202-6440

Joaquim Azevedo, PhD

Religion
Associate Professor
(817) 202-6216

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