Divinity and Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Divinity
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This program combines our most comprehensive and most respected dregree's to provide you with a vast range of educstion and preparedness for counseling and ministry. Understanding the relationship between the spiritual and the psychological is essentail for todays's pastors and therapists. The combination of M.Div. and MFT classroom education with supervised ministry experience and counseling practium fully prepares you to meet this demand. The degree fully prepares you for the California Marriage and Family Therapy licensure exams. 


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

These graduates will be the ideal candidate to create and run a counseling center in a church or faith-based non-profit organization (a position that is becoming more and more popular in the church). Graduates can also serve in a variety of ministries and clinical settings such as a lead pastor, licensed therapist in private practice, hospital or mental health clinic, executive pastor, military, fire, police or hospital chaplain, or as a church planter. The M.Div. degree is the recommended degree for admission to a Doctorate of Ministry program, and can lead to a PhD. Our M.Div. meets full military educational criteria for chaplaincy.

Program director

terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Vice President of FPU, Dean of the Biblical Seminary & Professor of Pastoral Ministries

David Bruce Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

tim geddert
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

adam ghali
Adam Ghali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

lynn jost
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament and Preaching

Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies

autumn lindberg
Autumn Lindberg, LMFT

Visalia Center Program Director

Mary Shamshoian, LMFT

Director of the On-Site Counseling Program, Adjunct Faculty of Marriage and Family Therapy

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited University
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of FPBS application materials