School of Ministry

We offer two programs of formal education for those seeking a deeper level of Biblical knowledge and preparation for ministry. Whether you are seeking a credit-level graduate program or something similar to an undergraduate equivalency program, we have one that suits you. And both involve elements of hands-on learning to gain practice and provide experience during your educational journey with us.

Master’s program

M.A. Degree in Ministry Leadership Wheaton College

As a partner with Wheaton College School of Mission Ministry and Leadership, our hybrid program offers the next level of training for ministry.

Certificate Program

Theology and Church Leadership Certificate

A six-course program that includes a foundation in the Bible along with practical training for church leadership.

Our Leadership

Meet our amazing and dedicated team.

Melanie Deppen, MBA

Melanie Deppen, MBA

Executive Director

Parris Baker, PhD

Parris Baker, PhD

Lead, Regional Church Collaborative

Pastor Derek Sanford, MA

Pastor Derek Sanford, MA


William Hunter, PhD

William Hunter, PhD

Lead, School of Ministry

I’m a Ministry Leader or Volunteer

Programs and events to help ministry leaders and volunteers reach their full leadership potential.

I’m a Pastor

Creating a collaborative environment to connect church pastors, staff members, and volunteer ministry leaders.

I’m a Business or Organization Leader

Programs and events to help business and organization leaders reach their full leadership potential.

I’m just Looking for Leadership Training

Programs and events to help any current or aspiring leader reach their full leadership potential.

Regional Church Collaborative