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Our certificate in Christian studies provides you with a comprehensive overview of theology and ministry. The courses required for this certificate are the same nine units of required courses for all of our Master of Arts degrees. After these requirements are fulfilled, you can choose a variety of courses in theology, history, ministry and mission to complete your certificate.


  • 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

This certificate gives graduates a deeper knowledge of the Scriptures and a greater understanding of theology improving your current ministry leadership skills.

Program director

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture


mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Theology & Intercultural Studies M.A.

terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Professor of Pastoral Education

Tim Geddert, Ph.D.
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

Lynn Jost, Ph.D.
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Old Testament, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.
Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology, Interim Vice President of the Seminary

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FPBS application materials

Course listing

Required Courses (30 Units)

BIB 720The Church and God's Mission in the World3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting, and Teaching Scripture2
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics3


Select 21 units from the following

MIN 750ACross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles1.5
MIN 762Exegeting and Serving Your Neighborhood1.5
MIN 750CCross-Cultural Encounter: International1.5
MIN 750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
 Intercultural Studies course3
 Bible courses3-9
 Theology or history courses3-9
 Ministry or mission courses3-9
BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0