Pastoral Studies

“Aim at the right sort of effect; the inspiring of saints to nobler things, the leading of Christians closer to their Master, the comforting of doubters till they rise out of their terrors, the repentance of sinners, and their exercise of immediate faith in Christ.” – Charles Spurgeon

Program Purpose

The Pastoral Studies major is an extensive ministerial program seeking to give the prospective local church pastor the tools that he needs to effectively minister in the twenty-first century. Our mentoring program, in conjunction with a well-balanced classroom education, provides a thorough preparation for tomorrow’s pastors.

Program Overview

132 Credit Hours

Bible and Theology ​

56 Credit Hours

General Education

21 Credit Hours


2 Credit Hours

Biblical Language

14 Credit Hours

Church Education

39 Credit Hours

Primary Instructors

Paul Loder

David Zempel

Eddie Egbert

Key Courses

Church Administration I

CED 401 | 2 Credit Hours

 A practical study of the pastor’s leadership and responsibilities, and his relationship to those who follow him.

Baptist Distinctives and Polity

CED 408 | 2 Credit Hours

 Distinctive doctrines, practices and procedures of Baptist church administration and leadership…

Homiletics I

CED 311 | 2 Credit Hours

 This course studies sermon building. An emphasis is placed on outlining and the delivery of expository sermons. Instruction is also given in the preparation…

Christian Counseling I

CED 301 | 2 Credit Hours

 A biblical approach to counseling concerning common problems such as separation, anger, worry, fear, depression, self-esteem,…

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