Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is the standard degree for ordination. The MDiv provides a well-rounded curriculum of biblical & thelogical studies, church history, and leadership studies to prepare students for preaching, teaching and congregational leadership.

Program Description

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Program Overview The Master of Divinity is a fully accredited, 73hr, three-year program that prepares students for leadership in local congregations, and for military and hospital chaplaincy. The degree design provides students with a biblical and theological framework, and critical skills and tools, for effective congregational leadership. Leadership courses include field assignments located in, and applied to, the student's current ministry.

Program Highlights - Convenient: all courses offered in non-traditional, flexible formats - Affordable: tuition cost is $499 per course, with available financial aid - No prerequisites: any accredited Bachelor degree or equivalent accepted - Multiple Locations: Cincinnati, Indianapolis - Mentoring and Coaching: both during and after the program through the Center for Church Leadership

Courses Include - Pastoral Epistles - Contemporary Culture in Theological Perspective - Public Theology: Faith & Society - Old Testament Theology in Contemporary Contexts - New Testament Theology in Contemporary Context - eTools for Biblical Exegesis & Research - Early Church History - Cultural Frameworks of Ministry - Leadership & Management for Ministry - Assessing & Managing Congregational Health - Models & Methods of Congregational Outreach - Human & Financial Resource Management - Issues & Trends in Worship - Assimilation & Discipleship - Pastoral Care & Counseling - Creativity in Teaching & Preaching - Capstone Portfolio

Degrees Offered


Meet Our Team

Tom Thatcher

Tom Thatcher

513.244.8172 tom.thatcher@ccuniversity.edu
Bio


Education
Tim Wallingford

Center for Church Leadership

Tim Wallingford

Center for Church Leadership 513.244.8168 tim.wallingford@ccuniversity.edu
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Education
Dr. Ken Read

Music & Worship

Dr. Ken Read

Music & Worship 513.244.8195 Ken.Read@CCUniversity.edu
Bio
If you ask Ken Read about himself, he would likely say that he is a highly-dysfunctional follower of Jesus who has discovered that he is not as talented as he had imagined and has better friends than he deserves. Then he would likely talk about his family and his ministry. Most people who know him would describe him as a creative. Dr. Read grew up in Cincinnati and has lived here most of his life, with the exception of ministries in Illinois and Kentucky. He and Ellen are parents to eight children and grandparents to about twenty (the number changes). Professionally, he has been a worshiper and a worship leader, a church planter, and a teacher. Ken is a published songwriter, and a member of ASCAP. His books include **Created to Worship** (College Press), and books on Christian living. Dr. Read teaches courses that are near the intersection of the subjects of music, worship, culture and creativity.

Education
University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts D.M.A. (Composition) project: "The King's New Clothes" (opera and defense) Cincinnati Christian University M.Min. (Church Music Emphasis) Miami University (Oxford OH) M.M. (theory/composition) thesis: "The Harmonies of Michael W. Smith: Changes in Gospel Music in the 1980s" Cincinnati Christian University M.A. (practical theology) thesis: "An Analysis of Person and Number in Selected Hymnals in Light of the Psalms" University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music B.M. (music theory major; secondary piano/ voice/ composition); summa cum laude; member, Pi Kappa Lambda
Bobby Jackson

Russell School of Ministry / Music & Worship

Bobby Jackson

Russell School of Ministry / Music & Worship Bobby.Jackson@CCUniversity.edu
Bio
Bobby Jackson graduated from CCU and entered full-time ministry, experiencing a variety of settings in churches from small to mega, from established to new multi-site plants. In them, he has served as worship leader, disciple-maker, preacher and teacher. Here at CCU, his focus is on coordinating the spiritual life on campus through chapel and other gatherings, and overseeing the Teaching Church program. Mr. Jackson teaches Calling and Spiritual Formation, Music Team Leadership, Worship Leadership, and directs Fusion Worship Ensemble.

Education
MA (Pastoral Leadership), Cincinnati Christian University. BM (Church Music), Cincinnati Christian University. Liberty University.
Dr. David Ray

Russell School of Ministry & Cincinnati Bible Seminary

Dr. David Ray

Russell School of Ministry & Cincinnati Bible Seminary (513) 244-8182 david.ray@ccuniversity.edu
Bio
Born in Kentucky, David grew up as a preacher’s kid and graduated from high school in central Florida. Most of his adult life has been invested in the leadership of churches. Active for many years in church planting efforts through Christian Evangelizing Fellowship and Stadia, David has also served on boards for Challenge Unlimited (university campus ministries), Johnson University, and Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College. David, and his wife Carol, live in the Anderson Township area of Cincinnati where, when not speaking elsewhere, they attend Parkside Christian Church. Professor, Cincinnati Christian University (2011-Present). Executive Minister, Christ's Church at Mason, OH (2006-2011). Senior Minister, Parkside Christian Church, Cincinnati, OH, (1987-2005). Associate Minister, Bethany Christian Church, Anderson, IN (1980-1987). Minister, Love Chapel Christian Church, Erwin, TN (1974-1980).

Education
DMin (Pastoral Ministry), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (1986). MDiv (Christian Doctrine/New Testament), Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, TN (1979). BA (Bible/Preaching), Johnson University, Knoxville, TN (1974). Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Extended Unit, St. John's Medical Center, Anderson, IN (1984).