School of Theology & Christian Ministry
Master of Divinity: Online or On Campus
The Master of Divinity at Anderson University provides a broad preparation for ordained ministry with a solid seminary curriculum in Bible, church history, theology, mission, and pastoral ministry. This degree is the ministerial leadership degree for those preparing for ordained ministry.
Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry offers two paths to the same 78-hour degree. You may complete it on campus in Anderson, Ind. or with the 100% online option. Both programs offer the same curriculum taught by the same scholars and teachers.
Whichever path you choose, the purpose of the seminary Master of Divinity degree is the spiritual and intellectual formation of people in the Christian ministry of biblical reconciliation in both the church and society.
Your AU Story Begins Now
More than ten years ago, I enrolled in the AU School of Theology because I feared God was calling me to pastoral ministry. With a passion for theatre, music, and the arts, however, I felt ordained ministry was no place for me. I now see the creativity of God differently. Attending again has been a tremendous blessing in my life. Perhaps the greatest of them has been the encouragement to fuse my calling with my passion for the arts. I look forward my future.
— Nichele Washington, MDiv candidate ’12
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Preparation for Service
The MDiv seminary degree has been designed especially for men and women who are called to serve as pastors of traditional congregations as well as serving in the emerging church, institutional chaplains, missionaries, and denominational leaders. The Anderson University Master of Divinity degree aims to prepare graduates to accomplish the following:
- Demonstrate the ability to accurately read scripture and other literature of humanity, as well as congregational and cultural contexts.
- Behave with Christian integrity.
- Demonstrate ongoing interpersonal relationships that are caring, supportive, collaborative, and ethical.
- Serve in a ministry position or enroll in further graduate education.
- Be adequately prepared for biblical preaching and teaching, pastoral care, mission, evangelism, leadership in the church, worship (including ordinances, weddings, and funerals), and church administration.
The Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry faculty has carefully developed an MDiv curriculum plan intended to assist all students to reach the five goals listed above. The MDiv degree is designed not only to help a person prepare for ordained ministry but also to help them as leaders to equip others for ministry within the life of the church.
To complete the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry Master of Divinity degree either on campus or online, the following requirements must be met:
- Complete the formal application process for Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry.
- Remove, within the first 12 hours of seminary graduate work, any undergraduate academic deficiencies identified at the time of admission to the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry.
- Complete the seminary’s orientation and testing program.
- Complete a minimum of 78 graduate-level semester hours.
- Achieve a grade of C- or higher in all required courses.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
For detailed information on these courses, sequence, and the program structure, see the current Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry catalog.
A student – whether on campus or online – who attends full-time and satisfactorily completes the courses listed in this sequence may expect to graduate in three years. A student who attends part time will need more than three years to complete the degree. Note that any academic deficiencies must be removed during the first 12 hours of courses.
Platform (22 hours):
- Orientation to Graduate Theological Studies
- Hermeneutics and Critical Reflection in Theological Education
- Faith and Life Through the Hebrew Scriptures
- New Testament Seminar: Jesus and the Caesars
- Faith Seeking Understanding
- History of Christianity
- Missio Dei: Introduction to Culture Studies
- Spiritual Formation
57 additional hours from:
- 1 OLDT course
- 1 NEWT course
- Hebrew or Greek (two years)
- 1 HIST course
- The Quest for Holiness and Unity A History of a Reconciling People or (Denominational) History and Background
- Clinical Pastoral Education
- Theological Ethics for Life in Church and World
- Missio Dei: Religions and Cultures
- The Ministry of Biblical Reconciliation
- 1 THST course from those below:
Meeting God: Toward Understanding the Doctrine of the Trinity or
Who Do You Say that I am? The Person and Work of Jesus the Christ or
The One Who Brings Back Life: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
- 1 PAST course from those below:
Missio Dei: Equality in Servanthood or
Theory and Practice of Discipling in the 21st Century or
Leadership in Ministry: Worship, Evangelism, Administration
- 1 PAST course from those below:
Psychology of Religious Behavior or
Pastoral Care and Counseling or
Pastoral Care of Grieving Persons and Families
Group Counseling in Ministry Setting
Advanced Pastoral-Care Seminar
Finding Your Preaching Voice
Marriage and Family Counseling
- Choose courses totaling 6 hours from:
Internship in Educational Ministry
Clinical Pastoral Internship
Level II CPE
Internship in Pastoral Ministry
Missional Internship ( Forge Middletown)
Ministry preparation within Anderson University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry is rooted in some important values. First of all, we value Scripture. Faculty take the Bible seriously and encourage students to read it, take seriously its claims, become familiar with its stories, and work with critical questions about how it came to be and how it is used.
We value good theology. Theology is as much a practice as a system of belief, and good ministry involves sound thinking about important issues. It doesn’t mean doing so alone, however, nor does it mean carrying around a set of stale answers. Good theology is a living, breathing activity done with others in light of particular challenges.
We value people and the many places where they can be found. We don’t assume that reviewing someone’s status updates, knowing if they are a “Boomer” or “Gen X,” or classifying them as “red” or “blue” is the same as knowing that person. There is more to every human being created in God’s image than the labels that person might be given, and we encourage students to become familiar not only with categories, but with people in particular ministry contexts.
We value the Church. We affirm that ministry is a characteristic of authentic Christian community. We see ministry as being open so that God’s good news works through each person’s giftedness to affect individuals for good at the point of their real needs. It is no one’s private property. We affirm the ministry of congregations and encourage students to have a meaningful connection with a particular setting for ministry—to observe, to offer their contribution, to learn, to critique when necessary, and to grow.
We value ministry. We recognize that callings differ. At the same time, we do not encourage the kind of specialization that would keep us apart or make us competitors. There should be a connection and a coherence about Christian ministry, which is why we don’t have a separate major for every one of its forms. In the same way, we work on building character more than crafting charisma, and we value the cultivation of wisdom more than the collection of techniques.
We value education. We help students draw on deep wells that will sustain their work rather than encourage the strategy of scrambling for resources to “plug in” to their program. We embrace and explore critical questions, and we encourage students to question certainties that are reached prematurely.
We value you. At graduation, we would much rather shake the hands of people who have been changed by important questions from various fields of knowledge, than wave goodbye to tourists who had a nice time and are leaving with a few items they picked up along the way. We consider students' whole academic career—and their other educational experiences—to be part of their preparation for ministry. We encourage them to view life itself as a learning opportunity.
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- (1) Pastor/Church Leader
- (1) Professor/Employer
- (1) Personal
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Seminary Studies Costs
Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity
- Per semester hour: $446
- Deposit Fee: $50
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- School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Dr. Fred Burnett is the chair of the Department of Christian Ministries. He teaches World Religions, New Testament, and Advanced Greek in both the undergraduate school and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.
As a researcher, he is an active member of The Society of Biblical Literature, The American Academy of Religion, and The Catholic Biblical Association. His publications have appeared in The Journal of Biblical Literature; The Catholic Biblical Quarterly; Interpretation; Semeia; The Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Theology Today; Biblical Interpretation; The Bible and Critical Theory; Religious Studies Review; Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels; Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; Christian Scholar’s Review; Critical Review of Books in Religion; The McKendree Pastoral Review; Shofar; Hebrew Studies, and in several collections of essays (Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between Scripture and Film [Richard Walsh and George Aichele, editors]; Literary Encounters with the Reign of God [Sharon H. Ringe and H. C. Paul Kim, editors]; A Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation [A. K. M. Adam, editor]; and, Reading Communities, Reading Scripture [Gary A. Phillips and Nicole W. Duran, editors]). His monographs have been published by Yale University Press (co-authored) and University Press of America.
He has received research grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Eli Lilly Foundation, Vanderbilt University, The University of Chicago, Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Development Award, Vanderbilt University Center for the Humanities, The American Academy of Religion (Grant for Collaborative Research), and Anderson University’s Faculty Development Award. He has delivered academic lectures at College of the Holy Cross, University of St. Francis, University of Indianapolis, The Universalist-Unitarian Church (Arlington, Virginia), Anderson University (Faculty Lecture Series), The Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, The Society of Biblical Literature, The American Academy of Religion, The Weststar Institute, and The Catholic Biblical Association. Honorary awards and memberships include Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Who's Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, (Marquis') Who's Who in America, and Two Thousand Notable American Men (American Biographical Institute, 2nd edition, 1994). He has received outstanding faculty member awards from both Anderson University (1993) and the University of St. Francis (1989, 1997).
He has also served as the Liaison and Faculty Advisor to the state of Indiana for the University of St. Francis Health Arts Program, on the Editorial Board and the Board of Trustees for The Christian Scholar’s Review, and on the Advisory Boards for the University of St. Francis Health Arts Program, and Hospice and Home Health Care (St. John's Hospital, Anderson, Indiana). His editorial activities include Semeia Studies Monograph Series for The Society of Biblical Literature, (co-editor), and Religious Studies Review (book review editor).
He has also taught courses at Vanderbilt University, American Baptist Seminary, Indiana University, the University of St. Francis, George Mason University, Drew Theological Seminary, and New Mexico State University. He was raised in the Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama, has been an ordained minister in the Church of God since 1979, and has served churches in Alabama and Tennessee as interim pastor.
Fred has been on Anderson's faculty since 1976.
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Professor of Religion
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
D.Min., Vanderbilt Divinity School
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Rev. Dr. Todd Faulkner is the Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at AU and Dean of the SOTCM Chapel. Todd is an ordained minister in the Church of God. He graduated from the Anderson University School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree in 2004 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009. His dissertation work focused on narrative theology in the practice of ministry. Todd has served congregations as children's pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, and senior pastor. He served as Campus Pastor at AU from 2008-2016.
Todd lives in Anderson with his wife, Cindy, and their three children, Caleb, Anna, and Isaiah.
Todd has served at Anderson University since 2008.
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
B.A., Bluefield College
MDiv., Anderson University School of Theology
DMin., Anderson University School of Theology
MaryAnn Hawkins, dean and professor of intercultural studies, brings significant experience to her faculty role at the School of Theology because of the years spent as academic dean for KIST in Kenya, East Africa. She and her husband Jim also served the Church of God (Anderson) in California before coming to the seminary. Hawkins is the national convener of Women in Ministry for the Church of God (Anderson) with the program Qara and is on the national board of the Wesleyan Holiness Clergy Women. In her capacity as dean of the chapel, Hawkins is responsible for the seminary’s worship ministry. She is the editor and contributor to two books, Thread of Hope and Called to Minister, Empowered to Serve.
Hawkins joined the School of Theology faculty in 2006.
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Professor of Intercultural Studies
B.S., Bartlesville Wesleyan College
M.A., Azusa Pacific University
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Shane Kirkpatrick majored in Bible and Religion at Anderson University (1993). He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (1996) and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). His doctoral dissertation has been published as Competing for Honor: A Social-Scientific Reading of Daniel 1-6 (Brill, 2005).
Dr. Kirkpatrick has deep roots in the Friends church (Quakers), where he has served as a pastor and continues to be an invited preacher. He is now active in the United Methodist Church. He has traveled to over a dozen countries, touring and doing church work in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As a student at Anderson University, he participated in Tri-S trips to Costa Rica and India.
Among the courses he regularly teaches are “Introduction to the Bible,” “Methods in Biblical Exegesis,” “Hermeneutics: The Practice of Interpreting,” and upper-division exegetical courses on Old Testament texts, as well as a course in the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) Program. He is active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, presenting and publishing research and reflections on pedagogy as well as facilitating workshops on teaching in theology and religion.
Students regularly report having transformative experiences through their education in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and with Dr. Kirkpatrick. He helps students take responsibility for their own learning, which is pursued in a supportive environment that welcomes faith. His work with students in the field of biblical studies is one of the reasons that Anderson University is valued as an education destination for ministry preparation.
Professor Kirkpatrick has served at Anderson University since 2000.
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Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Gilbert Lozano, professor of biblical studies and Hebrew, was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Lozano came into the Church of God as a youth. His growth and service to the church would in time take him to live in Brazil. He completed his bachelor's at Warner Pacific College (Portland, Ore.). This opportunity opened a network of friendships that would in time allow him to complete his graduate work at the University of Denver/ Iliff School of Theology and then pave the way for him to teach at Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.). Lozano returned to Curitiba, Brazil where he taught for Fidelis, the Mennonite School of Theology, before joining the Anderson University School of Theology faculty. Here he teaches Hebrew and Old Testament studies. Lozano is also ordained in the Church of God (Anderson) and has served congregations in both Colombia and the United States.
Lozano joined the School of Theology faculty in 2011.
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Professor of Biblical Studies and Hebrew
B.Th., Boa Terra Theological Institute
B.A., Warner Pacific College
M.Div., Iliff School of Theology
Ph.D., University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology
Kimberly Majeski, associate professor of biblical studies, is a scholar, preacher, and author. Majeski has served the wider church as a conference speaker, women’s retreat leader, and radio personality with the Church of God’s ViewPoint ministry (Christians Broadcasting Hope). Before joining the seminary faculty, Majeski served Anderson University as campus pastor and as ministry coordinator of the Women of the Church of God. She writes a popular weekly blog and is the founder of Butterflies of Hope Outreach, a ministry to exotic dancers in her city. Majeski is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson). Kimberly and her husband Kevin reside in Anderson, Ind., with their two black cats, Monkey and Henry.
Majeski joined the School of Theology faculty in 2008.
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Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Cumberland University
M.Div., D.Min., Anderson University School of Theology
Post graduate education University of Notre Dame (IN)
Dr. Overstreet came to Anderson University after serving as a pastor in the Church of God for 14 years. He was ordained in 1989 and has served with congregations in Michigan and Indiana. For several years he represented Indiana Ministries of the Church of God on the Servant Board of the Indiana Partners for Christian Unity and Mission, a statewide ecumenical organization.
Dr. Overstreet's academic preparation for ministry began at Gulf-Coast Bible College (now Mid-America Christian University) and continued at Anderson University's School of Theology. His Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary concluded with the project, “The Authority and Function of Scripture in Congregational Life.”
Whether teaching courses in Christian education and pastoral care in the ministry core of the Christian Ministries and Youth Ministries majors or courses in faith development and Bible within the liberal arts curriculum his background in practical theology prompt him to encourage students to explore not only how beliefs influence faith practices but also how communities and practices influence the formation of Christian belief.
Dr. Overstreet is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, and the Religious Education Association. With his family he attends Park Place Church of God. In addition, he is a tutor with the Madison County Literacy Coalition.
Professor Overstreet has served at Anderson University since 2002.
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Professor of Christian Education/Ministry
B.A., Gulf-Coast Bible College (Mid-America Christian University)
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
D.Min., Christian Theological Seminary