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Pastoral Ministry

Divine calling to shepherd the church.

The Pastoral Ministry program is designed for those who plan to serve in pastoral roles at the local church level. Deeply grounded in the authority of Scripture, this major includes studies of the Bible, Christian theology, and the practice of pastoral ministry. Upon completion of this program, students will also have met all academic requirements for ordination by The Wesleyan Church.

Grounded in scripture and prepared for ministry. Pastoral Ministry students at OKWU are given biblical and pastoral training, as well as hands-on experiences in ministry settings.

Pastoral Ministry students may choose to include specialized training in emphases and minors like: Biblical & Theological Studies, Church Planting & Discipleship, Global Studies, Non-Profit Operations, Pastoral Counseling, Sports & Recreational Leadership, Worship Arts, Worship Production, and Youth & Family Ministry. These emphases/minors equip Pastoral Ministry majors for positions such as sports chaplaincy, media ministry, camp ministry, teaching ministry, and cross-cultural ministry.

Why OKWU?

OKWU’s Pastoral Ministry program features the best in academics and hands-on experiences. Study the Bible and theology with knowledgeable faculty. Learn practical ministry skills from instructors with years of experience in the local Church. Participate in internships and ministry projects locally and around the world.

You’ll have job opportunities as:

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Discipleship and/or Outreach
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Pastoral Staff of Mid-Size or Large Congregation
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Lead Pastor of a Small Congregation
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Church Planting
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Christian Education
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Parachurch Ministry

Meet the faculty.

Jon Ensor

Jon Ensor

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Mike Fullingim

Mike Fullingim

Professor of Religion, Intercultural Studies, and Linguistics
Josh McNall

Josh McNall

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology; Church Relations Ambassador
Jerome Van Kuiken

Jerome Van Kuiken

Dean, Professor of Christian Thought
Mark Weeter

Mark Weeter

University Provost, Professor of Ministry

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