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This degree equips practitioners personally, theologically and practically to provide effective intercultural leadership in both North American and global contexts. Students have opportunity to tailor this program to prepare for service in a variety of settings. The program includes biblical and theological foundations; cross-­cultural, sociological and anthropological tools; analysis of historical and contemporary mission issues; ministry skills; and partnership opportunities in mission. Internships and other opportunities give students experience in ministry in cultural contexts different from their own—in Fresno’s rich multicultural setting or in a foreign setting. This degree integrates evangelism, community development, church planting, leadership development, peacemaking, contextual theology and the mission of God.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Faculty who take great interested in student academic success
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • 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)

Program director

mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

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


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

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

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

FPU Seminary Portrait
Brian Ross, D.Min.

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

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

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

Course listing

General Theological Courses (24-27 Units)

BIB 720The Church and God's Mission in the World3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting, and Teaching Scripture3
BIB 750Old Testament Theology3
BIB 752New Testament Theology3
BIB 790
or MIN 799
Senior Seminar
or Thesis
or 3-6
COUN 724Interpersonal Communication2
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
MIN 770Ministry Discernment0
THEO 712Story of the Church & Its Theology3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics3

Intercultural Studies Courses (7 Units)

MIN 720Personal Evangelism1
MIN 750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
MIN 762Exegeting and Serving Your Neighborhood1.5
MIN 728Anthropology for Christian Witness3

Required Courses (20 Units)

PACS 700Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation3
THEO 740Global Christian Theologies3
MIN 724Church Planting2
MIN 752
or MIN 756
Into the Neighborhood
or Ministry Among Marginalized People
or 3
MIN 730Christians and Religious Neighbors3
MIN 725Issues and Theologies of Mission3

Choose one of the following pairs

MIN 793B and
MIN 793A
The Practice of Ministry II and
The Practice of Ministry I
MIN 795B and
MIN 795A
CLT Placement II and
CLT Placement I

Electives in mission or ministry (3 Units)

Choose an additional 3-6 Units