About the Program

student mission tripThe Christian Ministries major and minors focus on practical, hands-on training for ministry. We offer concentrations in Missions, Sports Ministry, Worship Arts, and Youth & Family Ministries. The Missions concentration includes training in either international or domestic service. The Sports Ministry concentration seeks to equip and prepare students to be successful sport ministers. The Worship Arts concentration mixes coursework in theology and ministry with a strong competency in music, including the ability to lead a band or choir. The Youth & Family Ministries concentration prepares students to serve as a youth pastor, family pastor, or children’s pastor.

The Christian Ministries major and minors are designed for those who want to serve in ministry right after college. All of them include a strong background in the Bible and theology, spiritual formation, and the skills to be able to work effectively within a church or parachurch ministry. Check out our department’s curriculum or Sterling College’s Academic Catalog for more specifics.
The goal of the Theology & Ministry Department at Sterling College is to cultivate virtuous character, Christ-centered wisdom, and vocational excellence in our community of students. We host a number of other events, like a fall theology conference and fun get-togethers, that you can read more about on our department’s page.


  • Missions
  • Sports Ministry
  • Worship Arts
  • Youth & Family Ministries

Associated Minors

  • Missions
  • Youth & Family Ministries
  • Theology & Ministry (general minor)

What can I do with this major? 

  • Work for a church as a youth pastor, family pastor, or children’s pastor
  • Serve as a musical worship leader at a church or camp
  • Missions work, international or domestic
  • Serve in a Christian parachurch ministry or non-profit
  • Go to seminary or graduate school
  • With a double major, pursue any career as a ministry (e.g., Christian therapist)

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Tim Gabrielson - Sterling College

Dr. Timothy A. Gabrielson
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Roy Millhouse - Sterling College

Dr. Roy Millhouse
Department Chair for Theology & Ministry; Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Glenn Butner - Sterling College

Dr. Glenn Butner Jr.
Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry

Shebuel Varghese - Sterling College

Shebuel Varghese
Assistant Professor of Theology & Ministry