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Warner’s ministry department provides spiritually-minded students with broad options and allows them to engage with academic preparation that complements their calling through our Bible, Theology & Ministry major. Multiple ministry-leadership opportunities are also available on campus, including chapel, small groups, among many others. These options prepare students not only for the role of a pastor, but the many other available options inside of church ministry.

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Program Highlights

Develops in students ministry understanding and competencies

Prepares students for faithful leadership and service

The major is designed to give students a solid biblical, theological, and practical ministry foundation as they pursue their ministry calling and goals

Students will develop and articulate an ecclesiology and the basic philosophy of ministry

Career Options


Church Administrator


Ministerial Educator

Featured Courses

Exploring God’s Call

Spiritual Formation

Communication the Gospel

History of Christianity

Related Majors

Gain practical worship experience and training in, music, the Bible, church ministry, and church administration.


Music Pastor, Worship Team, Private Music Teacher, & Band Director

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Our Faculty

Shawn Craigmiles

Shawn Craigmiles

Interim Chair of Bible and Church Ministry

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Dr. Matt Swale

Dr. Matt Swale

Assistant Professor of Bible and Church Ministry

Dr. Swale is married to Jackie, a physical therapist, and they have three children (Hank, Eve, and Cole). Before coming to Warner, he taught the Bible to middle and high school students in Christian schools in Illinois and Alabama.

He enjoys movies, detective novels, coffee, and sometimes cooking.