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Religion

Offered: On Campus Apply

The department of religion is a learning community committed to the church and to the academy, dedicated to the study of Scripture, theology, mission, leadership, and spirituality for the purpose of transforming individuals, relationships and communities.

The department of religion houses both the biblical studies and leadership studies disciplines as part of the college, and serves both undergraduate and graduate programs within professional studies. The curriculum for the religion major is administered through concentrations in biblical studies, Christian formation and discipleship, intercultural studies, pastoral leadership studies, and youth leadership studies. In addition, an option in general Christian studies allows students to choose any religion electives for the major without having to select a particular concentration.

Religion: Biblical Studies Concentration (B.A.)

In addition to the religion core requirements, this concentration will give students a foundation in beginning Greek and Hebrew Studies.

Religion: Christian Formation and Discipleship Studies Concentration (B.A.)

In addition to the religion core requirements, this concentration will include courses such as Christian Formation of Children, an Introduction to Youth Ministry, and Adult Formation and Discipleship.

Religion: Intercultural Studies Concentration (B.A.)

The Intercultural Studies concentration will give students a foundation in intercultural communication, integrative field studies, and current issues in mission studies.

Religion: Pastoral Leadership Studies (B.A.)

The pastoral leadership studies concentration focuses on courses such as Narrative and Expository Preaching, Management in Christian Organizations, and Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Religion: Youth Leadership Studies (B.A.)

The youth leadership studies concentration focuses on courses such as Introduction to Youth Ministry, Narrative and Expository Preaching, and Management in Christian Organizations.

Religion: General Christian Studies (B.A.)

This concentration consists of a mix of religion electives along with Old Testament and New Testament electives.

Religion Minor

Students in other majors can earn a minor in religion (no emphasis) by completing a minimum of 20 units of course work that is housed within the department of religion.

Religion courses taken as part of the university core curriculum requirement may be applied to meet minor requirements. Transfer units from other institutions are not accepted toward the religion minor.

Ministerial Credentials

Assemblies of God Minsterial Credentials

Ministerial Internship Program and Practica

The Department of Religion is committed to provide field education experiences that integrate conceptual aspects of ministry with the practice of ministry in local churches, hospitals, mission opportunities, inner-city ministries, and other parachurch organizations. Goals for field education include spiritual formation, mentoring relationships, theological reflection, and specific training in ministry skills that provide the framework for such integration.

Accreditations

West Coast Science
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Awesome Biology
Assemblies of God
Awesome Biology
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

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Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Gregory Austring, PhD

Gregory Austring, PhD

Professor of Religion & Intercultural Studies, Chair of General Education, School for Professional Studies
Tommy Casarez, PhD

Tommy Casarez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology
Sarah Cassell

Sarah Cassell

Student Success Coordinator
Roli Dela Cruz, PhD

Roli Dela Cruz, PhD

Associate Professor of New Testatment
Willem Dogterom, DMin

Willem Dogterom, DMin

Professor of Pastoral Ministries & Spiritual Formation, Chair of Religion, School for Professional Studies
Roger Heuser, PhD

Roger Heuser, PhD

Professor, Co-Director, Graduate Religion
Frank Macchia, ThD

Frank Macchia, ThD

Professor of Theology
Doug Petersen, PhD

Doug Petersen, PhD

Co-Director
Markita Roberson

Markita Roberson

Program Coordinator
Gary Tyra, DMin

Gary Tyra, DMin

Professor of Biblical & Practical Theology
Diana Wahlstedt

Diana Wahlstedt

Administrative Assistant
April Westbrook, PhD

April Westbrook, PhD

Chair of Religion, Professor of Old Testament

A Sampling of Religion Courses

PLST 440

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Pastoral Care and Counseling

The application of counseling and guidance principles to the work of the pastor and other religious workers in the field of pastoral care, including the use of case studies in ministering to persons with illness, grief, home, youth, or other types of special problems.

MILD 365

A Theology of Church Mission

A Theology of Church Mission

A theological understanding of the ministry of the church and its mission to the world.

PLST 420

Disciplines of the Spiritual Life

Disciplines of the Spiritual Life

A study of the biblical and theological foundations of spirituality within the Pentecostal/charismatic tradition. The emphasis will be on building a functioning spiritual life by the exercise of spiritual disciplines such as prayer, worship, community, fasting, and other disciplines. Core requirement for the religion major offered every fall.

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