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What Our Graduates Say

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What Our Graduates Say

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Zachary Caress

"The Anderson University School of Theology has provided me an environment where I can learn to love God with all of my heart, soul, strength, and mind; but it is not only the concept of love that is developed here. The members of this community demonstrate such love everyday, not just through their words, but also through their actions."

Zachary Caress, MDiv Candidate

Erin Moss Taylor

"The Master of Theological Studies degree has deepened my faith and helped me think critically about scripture, theology, and ministry in a way that impacts my daily life. I have been challenged and enriched through the AU School of Theology and the caring professors who are investing in my life and ministry. I highly recommend the Anderson University School of Theology!"

Erin Moss Taylor, MTS ’10; Adult Ministries Director, The Church at the Crossing

Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito

"I spent almost 20 years of my life in what I would now call an extreme fundamentalist cult. By God’s grace, I came to the School of Theology to begin the process of sorting through my beliefs. The SOT faculty helped me to understand what the Bible says — and what it doesn’t say! They have patiently listened to me process my thoughts. I found a wonderful community willing to help me heal. "

Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, AU Professor of Biology and Allied Health Advisor; MTS Candidate


Kimberly Majeski

"At the School of Theology, I learned about living and growing in community. I had been in pastoral ministry for about four years prior to my seminary education. I had learned many of the practical applications of pastoral life, but I had never really devoted much energy into searching out what motivations informed my ministry practice. Faculty, staff, and fellow students went on that journey with me. Though I was searching, I was not alone. Professors served as spiritual mentors and fellow sojourners, and study, for me, became worship in spirit and in truth. As campus pastor at Anderson University, I am now working to nurture much the same type of community among undergraduate students that I experienced in the School of Theology."

Kimberly is a 2003 graduate of the School of Theology and currently serves as associate professor of biblical studies at the seminary.

Jason Knoll

"Seminary is a time of reading, writing, and learning. Students are bombarded with new concepts and new ways of understanding the church, Christianity, and the world. A number of times, I felt as though I couldn't cram one more bit of knowledge into my head (especially right before final exams). This is the nature of school, especially graduate school. But ministry is more than just an accumulation of information about God and the church. Ministry is using that information to impact lives. Somehow, students need to remember that the goal of this scholarly work is to further the Kingdom of God. The School of Theology offers just such an opportunity. This is where "the rubber meets the road."

Jason is currently finishing course work toward his Master of Divinity degree and lives with his wife, Karen, and their son in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Darius Miller

"I really enjoyed my time at AUSOT. It was a unique time of personal transformation. It forced me to grow in my faith and mature as a person. I gained knowledge and understanding, both academically and theologically. I have also been enriched post graduation from the friends and relationships I made while in Anderson. I believe I have made relationships that will serve me well for friendship, collaboration, and encouragement, for a life time of ministry and service to the Kingdom of God."

Darius serves as Financial Coordinator at CMCD University of Houston.


Marshall Stokes

"Our congregation had reached a plateau, and I needed someone to believe in me and the congregation I pastor. In God's great economy, I was led to this place of learning, challenge, and hope.

My first doctoral class was a challenge, to say the least. However, God was working both in me and on me to bring about a wonderful plan of spiritual development, both personally and professionally. I can safely say that I am not the same person I was when I entered the D. Min., and neither is the congregation I serve. We have both changed for the better. Ultimately, it was God Who executed the deep change. Pragmatically, it was this program that brought it about by posturing me to receive the grace that brings change.

As the D. Min. unfolded, there were so many welcomed components that are built into the structure that were opened to me, like the petals of a blooming rose. For example, the network of colleagues that one forges is a much needed and desired asset from which church leaders benefit. Colleagues bring different skill sets, backgrounds, and areas of expertise to the collective D. Min. table. I have consulted my D. Min. colleagues many times regarding various ministry issues, and have found that there is wisdom in doing so.

The class settings are designed to both challenge and encourage. I use the term "challenge" because the D. Min. is not a free pass, nor do we want it to be. The class facilitators encourage dialog and discussion, which in turn helps build a better foundation for ministry praxis and missional effectiveness. I have found that there is no growth in the comfort zone. Moreover, nothing changes until something changes. The structure of the classes is one that, by default, pulls one out of the small circle of comfort to the greater circle of uncertainty, where God is waiting to further cultivate the soul.

Each book that is read, each presentation that is made, each after-class activity, will coalesce to forge new growth that will, in turn, bear new fruit in the participant's life. In addition, an unexpected lagniappe that I discovered is that the personal growth one receives spills over into the local context of ministry. My spiritual development deepened the spiritual life of the congregation I serve. My professional development expanded the horizons of local ministry. In summary, it is not merely the participant who benefits; the local ministry context also benefits.

If you are looking for a place that is a welcomed oasis in the desert, the Anderson University Doctor of Ministry is such a place. Here you will develop both personally and professionally. Here you will acquire a network of resources that will further equip you to lead your congregants, clients, or constituents. Here you will be challenged to discover that symphony of music within you that longs to be released. Here you will change.

To any pastor, counselor, missionary, chaplain, or other leader in the body of Christ who needs further development in order to serve the church well, please do as I did: say "Yes" to the D. Min. here at Anderson School of Theology. I assure that you will not be disappointed."

Click here to read Marshall's D.Min. Professional Project Abstract

Marshall is pastor of the Olde Town Community Church of God in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009.