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Overview | Pastoral Studies

Maranatha’s Pastoral Studies degree is designed to provide a broad knowledge of biblical studies and Greek. Under the careful guidance of Maranatha’s experienced Bible faculty, you gain valuable insight into pastoral ministry, including pastoral leadership, prayer, church administration, preaching, and counseling. You can combine this major with a variety of minors to train for work in missions, youth work, camp work, or other careers associated with the pastorate. Fieldwork and internships are also available.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and describe best practices related to pastoral ministry and church administration.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to explain the Baptist distinctives in the context of Baptist history.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and defend biblical doctrine in a systematic fashion.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate and apply biblical truth accurately and effectively in preaching, discipleship, and writing.
  • Students will demonstrate servant leadership behaviors in ministry settings.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Old Testament Survey (3)
Pastoral Theology (2)
Greek Grammar 1 (4)
English Composition 1 (3)
The Modern World (3)
Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Pastoral Theology (2)
Greek Grammar 2 (4)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

History of Christianity (3)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Pastoral Theology (2)
Greek Reading (3)
Minor (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Biblical Interpretation (3)
Pastoral Theology (2)
Exegetical Grammar (3)
Minor (3)
American Studies Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

Theology 1 (3)
Bible Elective (3)
Homiletics (2)
Pastoral Theology (2)
Minor (3)
Introduction to Philosophy (2)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Theology 2 (3)
Bible Elective (3)
Ethics (2)
Homiletics Practicum (2)
Minor (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16



Pastoral Studies Internship (2)

Semester 1

Theology 3 (2)
Bible Elective (6)
Pastoral Theology (2)
Minor (3)
The Christian Home (2)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Theology 4 (2)
Fundamentalism (3)
Biblical Studies Seminar (2)
Dispensationalism (3)
Pastoral Theology (2)
Minor (3)
Apologetics (2)

Total Credits: 17

Alumni Spotlight

Bruce (’88) and Kathy (Jones, ’90) Cournoyer

Alumni Bruce (’88) and Kathy (Jones, ’90) Cournoyer live in Madison, WI. Bruce serves as pastor at Calvary Bible Fellowship in Madison. Kathy works with ladies’ ministries, music, and children’s ministries. They are prayerfully seeking to reach the lost around them, disciple new believers, and grow the body of Christ here in their church. They also enjoy a ministry with College students from both MBU and UW Madison. Their children are now grown and married. Their daughter Brittany and son-in-law Aaron Oberholtzer and granddaughter (Elliana) are faithfully serving at Calvary Bible Fellowship. Their son Brett and his wife Jenelle (McKee) just moved to Indianapolis in June where Brett serves as an assistant pastor at Southeast Baptist Tabernacle.

Ernie Bowman (MBS, ’17)

Alumnus Ernie Bowman (MBS, ’17) lives Ypsilanti, MI. He and his wife, Natalie, serve at Calvary Baptist Church, where Ernie is an Associate Pastor overseeing education, youth, and family ministries. He also teaches Bible at Washtenaw Christian Academy. Recently, Ernie published a book called A Surgeon’s Hands: God’s Work, the life story of Dr. Bob Cropsey, missionary surgeon in Togo, Africa.

Steven (’17, ’19) and Megan (Rediske, ’20) Thompson

Alumni Steven (’17, ’19) and Megan (Rediske, ’20) Thompson live in Pana, IL. Steven and Megan were married in April, and Steven is the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Pana, IL. He currently works with the youth and oversees their music program. Megan babysits for families in the community as an avenue of outreach.

Andy Montgomery (’13, ’15)
Andy Montgomery serves at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN, overseeing children’s ministries—such as Kids4Truth, Sunday School, summer Dynamite Kidz, and junior camp—and also directing a campus ministry—Cross Impact IUPUI. “While at MBU, I enjoyed discipleship opportunities in Leland dorm, using God’s Word to help guys grow in their walk with Christ. All of the different leadership opportunities at MBU helped to equip me for future service to God. I learned from many godly examples as well—how to preach God’s Word and model Christlikeness.”

Related Majors

Biblical Studies
Biblical Languages

Related Minors

Pastoral Studies
Biblical Counseling

Potential Career Fields

Associate/Assistant Pastor
Bible Teacher
Youth Pastor
Camp Director
Church Planter

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

David Saxon

College of Bible and Church Ministries | Professor
PhD Church History, Bob Jones University
MA Church History, Bob Jones University
BS Mathematics, Bob Jones University

Steven K. Love

College of Bible and Church Ministries | Associate Professor
DMin, Luther Rice University
MMin, Baptist Bible Seminary
BS Secondary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

Robert Loggans

College of Bible and Church Ministries | Associate Professor
DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 
MA Biblical Studies, Maranatha Baptist University
BA Bible and Pastoral Studies, Maranatha Baptist University 

Bryan Brock

College of Bible and Church Ministries | Professor
DMin Expository Preaching, The Master’s Seminary
MDiv, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
BA Pastoral Studies, Maranatha Baptist University

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