What you believe about God and about yourself in relation to God are the most important convictions of your faith as a Christian. The foundation of your identity, both individual and collective, rests on your understanding of God as revealed in sacred Scripture. Therefore, you must be willing to humbly explore the deep questions of faith, seeking wisdom in Scripture, and ever growing personally and spiritually, so you may serve God and minister to others.
The School of Theology & Christian Ministry equips you with a foundational knowledge of Scripture and theology, as well as the practical experience essential for ministry and service, enabling you to courageously confront the problems facing our world today. Build close relationships with other students and faculty as you work together to explore Scripture, theology, philosophy, and ministry, and along the way discover how you can serve Christ — in the church and the world.
M'Lynn Martin (18)
When M’Lynn Martin was 15 years old, she felt called to ministry. She began dreaming of being a youth pastor. But the idea of college felt more like a financial burden than a dream come true. “But throughout the fall of my senior year,” Martin added, “I started getting this really strange feeling like I just had to apply to PLNU, and if I didn’t, I would regret it.”
Kevin Portillo, M.Div. (14)
As a pastor, Kevin Portillo’s (14) passion for theology, the church, and ministry aren’t surprising. But they weren’t always a part of his life. Today, Portillo is an associate pastor of discipleship at Faith Community Church of the Nazarene in Lodi, California. However, he didn’t grow up in a Christian environment.
Opportunity for Engagement
Do you have a desire to serve or work in a multicultural or cross-cultural setting? Do you want to better understand and communicate with your congregation, clients, or constituents, no matter their ethnicity, language, or culture?
Dr. Michael Lodahl
As you step into Dr. Michael Lodahl’s office, you’re instantly immersed in the heart of academia. Shelves brimming with countless books, ranging from rabbinic theology to 18th century philosophy, adorn the quaint, scholarly room.
School of Theology & Christian Ministry Programs
An education in the humanities cultivates deep critical-thinking, problem-solving, writing, communication, and research skills that will prepare you for a variety of meaningful careers. Programs in Christian studies and philosophy provide the opportunity to pursue your passions and interests.
Opportunities for Engagement
Developing into an individual inspired and guided by purpose doesn't only happen inside the walls of the classroom — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. From student-run clubs and honor societies to opportunities to reach out to the surrounding community, lecture series, research conferences, and more, the School of Theology & Christian Ministry offers a diversity of opportunities for meaningful engagement with big questions.
Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you through a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas, analyze complex and difficult questions, and evaluate competing claims, you'll have access to an environment devoted to a meaningful exchange of ideas. An education at PLNU is both transformative and deeply impactful.
If you would like to learn more about the School of Theology & Christian Ministry or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!