MAL | Christian Ministry Concentration Overview

The Christian Ministry concentration of our online Master’s in Leadership addresses the need for ministry-specific leadership training, equipping leaders with a unique spiritual formation curriculum, adaptable to church or society and applicable to real-life experiences. The fully online Master’s in Christian Ministry Leadership is a customizable program that allows candidates to tailor their educational curriculum to meet their specific career goals and areas of interest while balancing biblical, professional, and personal development objectives. Online delivery and 20 units of customized coursework make it attractive to ministry leaders with busy schedules and ministry-specific goals. To learn more about how William Jessup University’s online Master’s in Christian Leadership can advance your career, use the form on this page to request more information, or begin your online application today.

Quick Facts

Credits Time to Complete Fully Online Concentrations Offered


Possible Careers

  • Senior Pastor (pastoring / leading a congregation)
  • Executive Pastor (managing / leading staff)
  • Church staff member (leading small groups, children / youth, men, women, worship)
  • Non-Profit Organization staff
  • Missions leadership (regional / international)


  • 2LDRS500 Personal Life of the Leader
  • 2LDRS501 Strategic Leadership Foundations
  • 2LDRS560 Organizational Leadership
  • 2LDRS520 Organizational Communication
  • 2LDRS540 Leadership Ethics
  • 2LDRS561 Team Leadership & Conflict Management


(Choose 5 courses)
  • 2BIBL570 Gospels & the Kingdom of God
  • 2LDRS512 Worldviews & Leadership
  • 2LDRS513 Servant Leadership Theory
  • 2LDRS542 The Holy Spirit & Christian Leadership
  • 2LDRS544 Pastoral Care & Leadership
  • 2MIN550 The Missional Church
  • 2MIN551 Social Justice: Serving the Marginalized
  • 2MIN560 Interpreting Scripture for Ministry
  • 2MIN562 Foundational Apologetics
  • 2THEO586 The Church & Christian Ministry
  • 2THEO680 Leadership: Vocation & Calling

  Course Units  


(Choose 3 courses)
  • 2 MIN520 Managing Stress/Avoiding Burnout
  • 2 MIN521 Balancing Marriage, Family, & Ministry
  • 2 MIN522 Handling Personal Temptation
  • 2 MIN523 Heritage & Leadership
  • 2 MIN530 Hearing God
  • 2 MIN531 Spiritual Disciplines


(Choose 2 courses)
  • 2 LDRS521 Public Speaking & Personal Communication
  • 2 LDRS530 Leadership & Diversity
  • 2 LDRS543 Emotional Intelligence & Leadership
  • 2 LDRS570 Budgets, Finance, & Leadership
  • 2 LDRS582 Vision Catching & Casting in Leadership
  • 2 LDRS642 Unleashing Creativity
  • 2 LDRS660 Crisis Leadership
  • 2 MIN510 Multi-Site/Multi-Venue Churches
  • 2 MIN541 Recruiting & Motivating Volunteers
  • 2 MIN542 Social Media for Ministry
  • 2 MIN552 Reaching the Emerging Generation


  • 4MIN698 Special Project


(Unless you have an undergraduate equivalent)
  • 2 BIBL500 Old Testament Foundations
  • 2 BIBL505 New Testament Foundations
  • 2 BIBL510 The Art of Interpretation


LDRS500 Personal Life of the Leader (2 units)

This course equips students to serve effectively as reflective leaders. The course includes a comprehensive and holistic overview of factors inherent to the practice of Christian leadership as it pertains to one’s own mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health. The student identifies and strategically addresses some of their own personal areas for growth and wholeness.

LDRS501 Strategic Leadership Foundations (2 units)

This course explores key foundational leadership principles and theories, particularly related to strategic thinking, analysis, and change management. Students assess their own leadership proclivities in light of the course material, and develop specific, strategic “next steps” for themselves.

LDRS520 Organizational Communication (2 units)

This course guides students to understand the practices and theories associated with organizational communication. Students discover, analyze, assess, and discuss organizational communication principles that enhance both collegial relationships and workplace productivity.

LDRS540 Leadership Ethics (2 units)

This course provides a forum for analysis, assessment, and reflection on core ethical principles for sustainable and quality leadership in the marketplace today. Students identify various ethical models and assess their impact on a leadership culture.

LDRS560 Organizational Leadership (2 units)

This course provides a comprehensive, integrative, and practical focus on organizational leadership. It exposes students to the realities of corporate culture and proposes workable, culturally sensitive, and relevant models for organizational effectiveness.

LDRS561 Team Leadership & Conflict Management (2 units)

This course examines the factors that produce conflict, the dynamics of conflict, and ways in which conflict can be managed appropriately. It includes an exploration of such matters as clashing expectations, incompatible visions, and conflicting values. Students develop their capacity to offer meaningful, sustained, and effective team leadership by means of successful conflict management.



BIBL570 Gospels & the Kingdom of God (2 units)

This course guides students to a deeper understanding of the Kingdom of God as presented by Christ in the gospels. This understanding of the Kingdom and its counter-intuitive core values provides a unique and uncommon platform for leadership in the Western world. Students identify core Kingdom principles that shape and inform their leadership.

LDRS512 Worldviews & Leadership (2 units)

This course examines the profound impact of worldviews on the exercise and formation of leadership. It explores various common worldviews—even within Western culture—and analyzes ways to identify core values, address them, and re-shape them for increasingly effective leadership.

LDRS513 Transformational Leadership (2 units)

Transformational Leadership is the most dominant values-based leadership theory of the last several decades. This course explores Transformational Leadership’s key principles of Idealized influence, Intellectual Stimulation, Inspirational Motivation, and Individual Consideration for Christian Leadership.

LDRS542 Holy Spirit & Christian Leadership (2 units)

This course analyzes biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments. It explores His person and ministry, giving special attention to the relationship between Christian leadership and “walking by the Spirit.” Students also consider some of the Church’s historical teachings concerning the gifts of the Spirit and sensitivity to the person of the Holy Spirit.

LDRS544 Presence, Listening, & Leadership (2 units)

This course guides students in the vital leadership practice of deep listening. It explores the power of being Present and of companionship as a leader; qualities particularly vital to building trust, caring for people, and supporting followers through grief and loss associated with change.

MIN550 The Missional Church (2 units)

This course exposes students to the steady rise of the “Missional Church Movement” and some of the practical implications of sharing in the mission of God in the world. Students examine both attractional paradigms and missional paradigms of the Church and formulate their own conclusions and vision.

MIN551 Social Justice: Serving the Marginalized (2 units)

This course explores the biblical and moral foundation for social justice. It presents a Kingdom-focused approach to “the least of these.” Using specific, real-life issues, students identify and discuss the Christian ethics associated with serving the marginalized and the un-represented, whether they be refugees, victims of human trafficking, the homeless, foster care participants, or others.

MIN560 Interpreting Scripture for Ministry (2 units)

This course provides a foundation for exegetical analysis of Scripture and guides students to interpret and appropriately apply Scripture to a range of ministry situations. Those situations include pastoral care, staff management, policy formation, and financial stewardship.

MIN562 Foundational Apologetics (2 units)

This course provides a core, foundational apologetic for the Christian faith. It explores the classic foundations for reason and logic and examines the historical defenses for the Christian faith. Students gain a stronger confidence as they learn to articulate the powerful “reasonableness” of their faith.

THEO586 Church Life & Leadership (2 units)

This course examines the biblical nature of the Church (ecclesiology) and gives specific attention to the common sacraments/ordinances of baptism and Lord’s Supper. Students explore the role of these sacraments in the life of the church, and also the best pastoral practices associated with weddings and funerals.

THEO680 Leadership: Vocation & Calling (2 units)

This course places leadership within the context of calling, not merely activity. How does a sacred call to leadership (in any sphere of life) impact our understanding of leadership? Is leadership something we merely learn, or a way of life that we steward? This course examines the biblical foundation for the notion of God’s particular call on someone’s life, and guides students to meaningful application and response.


MIN520 Managing Stress & Avoiding Burnout (2 units)

This course helps students identify both triggers for stress and signals of burnout, so that they can effectively manage the former and avoid the latter. It exposes students to current psychological theory concerning stress and facilitates the development of personal strategic plans for students.

MIN521 Balancing Marriage, Family, & Ministry (2 units)

This course identifies common pressures faced by those in ministry that can produce a life out of harmony and balance. It helps students make specific (and personal) plans to improve their effectiveness and enjoyment in the areas of marriage, family, and ministry.

MIN522 Handling Personal Temptation (2 units)

This course identifies specific areas of vulnerability that often surface for people involved in ministry. Students develop an understanding of how this vulnerability develops, and what mechanisms have helped and hurt them in coping with those vulnerabilities. Students then form strategies for more effective protection and coping.

MIN523 Heritage & Leadership (2 units)

This course guides students to a deeper understanding of the impact of their own heritage (past experiences—recent or distant) on their leadership responses. It helps students identify core events that have shaped them, perhaps unconsciously, and that impact their current leadership style. It examines (in part) issues of attachment, identity, and security.

MIN530 Hearing God (2 units)

This course, based on Dallas Willard’s work, examines the biblical teachings about hearing God. It identifies limitations and boundaries, as well as methods and appropriate expectations, so that leaders can genuinely grow in their recognition of the voice of God in their own lives and leadership experiences.

MIN531 Spiritual Disciplines (2 units)

This course introduces the spiritual disciplines of Scripture, prayer, fasting, silence, and solitude. It examines historical and biblical teachings on these disciplines, and explores their function and purpose for believers today. It also guides students into practical experiences of the disciplines, building a foundation for ongoing spiritual formation.


LDRS521 Public Speaking & Personal Communication (2 units)

This course complements the “Organizational Communication” course by providing instruction on public speaking and personal communication, with particular attention to the impact of culture on the communication process. Students examine latest theories and trends in these communication areas and develop skills for stronger performance.

LDRS530 Leadership & Diversity (2 units)

This course guides students to develop greater diversity awareness. It explores the particular challenges and opportunities of leading across and through cultures, giving students deeper understanding of “privilege and power” issues associated with leadership. The course examines ways to empower across diverse gender, ethnic, socio-economic, educational, and disability spectra.

LDRS543 Emotional Intelligence & Leadership (2 units)

This course examines the crucial areas of emotional and social intelligence and their role in enhancing leadership effectiveness. Students study the importance of perceiving, using, understanding, and managing emotions. Attention is also given to the dark side of emotional self-deception which often undermines leadership.

LDRS570 Budgets, Finance, & Leadership (2 units)

This is not an accounting course. Rather, this course provides foundational budget and finance knowledge that all leaders need. It also examines how to best leverage budgets and finances ethically and effectively to strengthen the stability of an organization. The course also addresses ways to resolve budget crises which commonly develop.

LDRS582 Vision Catching and Casting in Leadership (2 units)

This course examines the role and significance of vision in leadership. It explores the dynamic process of developing and defining a vision in leadership, how to successfully cast that vision to a group of people, and keys to sustaining a vision.

LDRS642 Unleashing Creativity (2 units)

This course explores the topics of imagination, insight, and innovation as means to transformational change. It also examines strategies for unleashing creativity within individuals, whether they be leaders or followers. Students learn keys to innovation through divergent and convergent thinking, planning, and action.

LDRS660 Crisis Leadership (2 units)

This course explores the leadership adaptations necessary for seasons of crisis within an organization. It examines the grief and loss factors associated with crisis, factors for accurate risk assessment, and essential communication tools for such times. Students learn to delineate conflict from crisis, and how to turn crisis into an opportunity without destroying the organization.

MIN510 Multi-Site / Multi-Venue Churches (2 units)

This course considers the strategic role of multi-site and multi-venue approaches to church growth and expansion. Students examine the strengths and weaknesses of each model and assess the requirements, costs, and relative merits of each option.

MIN541 Recruiting & Motivating Volunteers (2 units)

This course addresses the specific challenge of recruiting and motivating volunteers. It identifies and analyzes the unusual dynamics associated with volunteerism, and gives students specific tools to inspire and nurture volunteers for extended service.

MIN542 Social Media for Ministry (2 units)

This course explores a rationale for the use of social media in leadership and ministry. It proposes specific, appropriate ways to engage social media to serve others. Students develop a “social media plan,” based on a well-considered philosophy and appropriate boundaries.

MIN552 Reaching the Emerging Generation (2 units)

This course examines how to recruit, motivate, and mobilize the emerging generation for the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of God in both church, NPOs, and the marketplace. Students develop ethnographic skills to increase their social awareness and leadership effectiveness with the vast (largely) untapped resource of the emerging generation.


MIN698a Capstone: Special Project I (2 units)

This course provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate personal, professional, and biblical elements into a single workplace-related project. All capstones are expected to highlight research rigor, communication skills, analytical thinking, and a Christian worldview.

MIN698b Capstone: Special Project II (2 units)

This course finishes the Capstone Project after successful completion of MIN698a.


BIBL500 Old Testament Foundations (2 units)

This course introduces the literature of the Old Testament and the history of the Jewish people through the post-Exilic period. It provides a survey of the three major categories of the Old Testament—the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings—and emphasizes the connections with the New Testament and the relevance of the revelation for today.

BIBL505 New Testament Foundations (2 units)

This course provides a survey of the New Testament from Matthew through Revelation. It analyzes the historical background, content, and theology of each book, and integrates the background and message of each book with the rest of the New Testament.

BIBL510 Art of Interpretation (2 units)

This course introduces students to a range of biblical study tools. It explores the different genres of biblical literature and the various principles for interpreting them. It also provides a foundational model for exegesis and hermeneutics, to prepare students for accurate exploration and application of God’s Word.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I do with a Master of Arts in Leadership?
A: The MAL (Christian Ministry Concentration) will help you thrive as a leader in a church, para-church, or non­-profit organization.

Q: How long will it take to complete?
A: Because we offer the Master’s in Leadership online, students can complete the degree in two years, by taking six units in the Spring, Summer, and Fall each year.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?
A: The MAL (Christian Ministry Concentration) costs $14,940; $415 per unit.

Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Yes. Government loans are available to qualified individuals who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of three units per semester.

Q: Are there any scholarship funds available?
A: The University has several endowed scholarships, ranging from $500-$5,000, available specifically for ministry students. Applications are available during the spring semester and funds for successful applicants become available the following fall semester.

Q: How many units am I required to take each semester?
A: You determine your own pace in the program but must take at least 3 units each semester to receive government aid.

Q: How many units is each course?
A: Two units.

Q: How long is each course?
A: Each course runs for seven weeks.

Q: Do I need to be online at a specific time each week?
A: No. You may complete your work at times that are convenient for you. However, the courses are designed for extensive interaction between you and other students and the instructors.

Q: How much homework will there be each week?
A: Courses are designed for 10 – 12 hours per week of work. Some students may work more quickly. Others may require additional time.

Q: Will I be required to do group work?
A: Groups assignments are not the norm. However, every course expects you to participate in online discussions four days each week.

Q: Who do I contact if I need help during a course?
A: For most questions your first point of contact will be your instructor. For technical support questions, please contact our IT department at

Q: At the end will there be a thesis required, or final project?
A: Yes. The Ministry Concentration includes a 4­ unit Capstone Project that helps you integrate what you have learned in the program with a practical ministry project.

BOARD OF REFERENCE — Master of Arts in Leadership

The Master of Arts in Leadership degree has a strategic Board of Reference. These Christian leaders (from church, missions, and market-place) offer insight and advice on curriculum development. They also help connect the University with potential (outstanding) faculty for particular courses. The Board currently includes the following people:

  • Kevin Adams

    Senior Pastor, Granite Springs Church, Lincoln CA

    In 1992, Kevin Adams and his wife Gerry moved from Minnesota to Sacramento to plant Granite Springs Church. In addition to pastoring this flourishing church, Kevin has been instrumental in another 11 church plants in the Sacramento area, all the while “moonlighting” as a professor at William Jessup University and Calvin Theological Seminary. He’s authored The Book That Knows You (2009) and 150: Finding Your Story in the Psalms (2011). He serves as the New Church Development Specialist for the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in Central California, and as director of the Sierra Leadership Network, a training program for new church leaders. He continues to lead Granite Springs as senior pastor.

    Kevin also serves as Director of the Church Planting Center at NHS and as a member of the Newbigin Faculty at Western Theological Seminary.

  • Dr. Jim Barstow

    Senior Pastor, Centerpoint Church, Roseville CA

    Jim Barstow began his ministry at Centerpoint Church in May of 1999 and immediately fell in love with the people of this church, the community of Roseville, and northern California. He grew up in Orange County in a non-Christian home and came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior while in High School.

    He served as a youth and college director during college, while getting his Religious Studies degree from California State Fullerton. After college he went on to seminary and finished his Master of Divinity at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey. In 2002 he finished his doctoral work at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena.

  • Father Chris Flesoras

    Pastor, Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church, Roseville CA

    Rev. Dr. Christopher Flesoras is the pastor of Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville, a parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco.

    He graduated from Hellenic College with his B.A. in Religious Studies, then received his M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, his M.S. in Development and Counseling in Higher Education from Northeastern University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in the Foundations of Education and Christian Pedagogy in the Byzantine East.

    He was married to Kristen Kyriazis (of blessed memory) on October 13, 1996 at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. On November 17, 1996, he was ordained to the Holy Deaconate and then to Holy Priesthood on February 2, 1997.

    In 2010, he was commissioned as a Chaplain (1LT) with the California State Military Reserve and attached to the 115th Regional Support Group of the Army National Guard. In 2014, he was commissioned as a Chaplain (Capt) with the Air National Guard and attached to the 195th Wing.

  • Dr. Glen Gibson

    VP for International Operations, New Mission Systems Int’l, Fort Meyers FL

    Glen Gibson and his wife Wendy now serve at New Missions Systems International after more than 29 years of experience in missions, leadership, and equipping others. Glen is their Vice President for International Operations.

    Glen is characterized as being a strategic thinker, with strengths in developing and mentoring others. Glen served as the youth minister at his home church in the Los Angeles area, before living and ministering for seventeen years as a missionary in the Philippines, and led the Training Department for a sister mission agency. Glen’s Ph.D. research focused on Leadership Development, Church Effectiveness, and Urban Ministry.

    Glen and Wendy have been happily married since 1986. They have three grown daughters, who were all born in the Philippines, and two granddaughters.

  • Scott Hagan

    Senior Pastor, Real Life Church, Sacramento CA

    Scott Hagan is a well-loved communicator who has been speaking professionally for over 25 years. His insights on leadership and relationships have helped scores of organizations, teams, and individuals achieve extraordinary success.

    Scott holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Thousands of leaders from all over the world, including professional athletes, public and private sector teams, churches and corporate CEO’s have all found Scott’s teachings on leadership to be highly valuable. He is is also a popular blogger and leadership voice on social media, including his “Note2Leaders” Facebook site which has over 100,000 followers.

    Scott has a passion for the outcast and is actively involved in numerous faith-based initiatives throughout Sacramento’s urban neighborhoods. Scott’s personal creed begins with being a wonderful husband to his wife, Karen, and a loving father to their four children. Scott is also an avid sports enthusiast, especially when his sons are involved. His youngest son played tight end for the California Golden Bears from 2009-2012

  • Lance Hahn

    Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Christian Church, Roseville CA

    Wildly passionate about God and people, it’s no wonder why the Lord called Lance Hahn into full time ministry to shepherd His people. He finds himself losing all sense of time as he digs into Scriptures and prepares the message for himself and everyone at church. The only thing that compares to his passion for the Lord and His church is his family. Married to Suzi, they have two precious daughters, Jillian and Andie.

    Lance has led Bridgeway—now a congregation in the thousands—since 1997 and loves it. Being the pastor of this church is his favorite ‘job’ ever. He feels the honor to be used by God to bring about spiritual change in the lives of those under his care. “Moving You Closer to Christ” is not just a church logo, but his personal motto as well.

  • Dr. Joy Johnson

    Pastor & Founder, Life Matters Inc., Sacramento CA

    Dr. Joy Johnson is President of the Board for Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT), where she leads in mobilizing public sentiment around social justice grounded in faith – working alongside clergy/leaders of varied faith traditions and ethnic backgrounds.

    She is the founder and key driving force of Life Matters, Inc (LMI), a non-profit, social services organization providing life-transforming service to residents in seven local affordable housing projects.

    Dr. Johnson is deeply committed to building bridges between churches, working alongside white pastors and pastors of color. Currently, she is on the leadership team of Sacramento City Pastors Fellowship and she facilitates a courageous preacher formation, peer group-learning initiative hosted by Fuller Theological Seminary.

    Dr. Johnson has served in pastoral leadership at the local church level for two decades. She is the author of a book released September 2015 titled, Arise and Shine – Your Life Really Matters.

  • Monty Kelso

    President, Slingshot Group, Irvine CA

    Monty Kelso is a nationally recognized coach and curator of modern worship.

    As President of the staffing and coaching firm, Slingshot Group, he and his team are leading influencers in the church today. He’s a savvy practitioner with an entrepreneurial spirit and ultra-relational approach, and is as pragmatic as he is inspirational and visionary.

    Under his guidance, many churches have attained new levels of relevancy in their creative arts ministries, and have earned reputations for being highly culturally engaged within their communities. Monty and his wife, Christa, live in Dana Point CA.

  • Karla Nelson

    Partner, Swiss Avenue Partners, Sacramento CA

    Karla Nelson started her first Real Estate finance brokerage at age 20 and built it into a multi-services consulting firm for mid-market businesses. After advising and being a team member of a wide array of business disciplines, Karla currently serves as Partner with Swiss Avenue Partners, an IP company that developed and issues the TEVO (Total Enterprise Value Opportunity) score. She was the first client of the firm nearly 15 years ago and is a ‘product of their product.’ Karla is a power connector who gets the right people working effectively together in order to get deals done.

  • Mike Novak

    President & CEO, K-LOVE and Air 1 Radio, Rocklin CA

    Radio seeped its way into Mike Novak’s blood, and he dropped his plan to get a degree in agronomy to take a job as weekend announcer at KYOS, an adult contemporary station in Merced, California. It wasn’t long before Mike stepped into a plumb job at KFRC in San Francisco, the Top 40 radio phenomenon in northern California in the 70s and 80s. After working for KFRC and various other stations, Mike spent 11 years at Country KSON, the top station in San Diego, before accepting a job at K-LOVE in 1998.

    From his time as a K-LOVE on-air personality and Program Director to being named K-LOVE’s Senior Vice President in 2004, Mike’s impressive radio pedigree and passion for sharing the gospel has uniquely prepared him for the role change in 2007 to his current position as K-LOVE’s President and CEO.

  • Dr. Doug Priest

    Executive Director, Christian Missionary Fellowship Int’l, Indianapolis IN

    Raised as a preacher’s kid in Oregon, Doug Priest went with his parents to Ethiopia in the 1960s. He lived in a remote part of the country during school vacations, and spent the rest of the year at a boarding student in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Doug married his wife Robyn in 1978. They made the trek to Africa, living in Kenya and Tanzania for a decade, where they were involved in holistic ministry—church work, community development, and anthropological studies. They were blessed with two great kids, Nicole and Andrea.

    Between 1990-1995, Doug lived in Singapore with a regional role for Christian Missionary Fellowship International, the organization which called him back to the U.S. to become the Executive Director. He continues to serve in that role.

    He has authored Doing Theology with the Maasai (1990) and edited ten missions books including Unto the Uttermost (1984), The Gospel Unhindered (1994), Get Your Hands Dirty (2008), and The Missiology of Alan Tippett series.

  • Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriquez

    President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council, Elk Grove CA

    Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches while serving over 450,000 Spanish speaking churches globally.

    Rodriguez has been among many lists of influencers in America, which have recognized his impact across the religious and Latino communities, including: “40 People Who Radically Changed The World” Charisma Magazine, “101 Most Influential Leaders” Latino Leaders Magazine, “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America” Newsmax 2015, “The 2013 TIME 100 Poll” TIME and the “10 White & Brown MLKs of Our Time” Black Christian News 2013.

    Rodriguez is the author of “The Lamb’s Agenda” (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and “Path of Miracles” (2009).Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, where he resides with his wife and their three children.

  • Brad Swope

    Pastor, Horizon Church, Roseville CA

    Brad Swope is the founding Pastor of Horizon Community Church in Roseville, California, a church he planted with a small team in 1999. He is also an adjunct professor at William Jessup University, teaching courses in Philosophy and Ethics.

    Brad is President of The Common Good, a non-profit that was founded in 2007 that serves emancipating foster youth. This organization has given over $75,000 in college scholarships to former foster youth over their history. Brad has also served as the church plant overseer for Churches for the Sake of Others in Northern California.

    Brad received his B.A. from Wheaton College and his M.A. from Talbot Theological Seminary. He is currently in the third year of a doctorate in ministry at Talbot focusing on the Mind and Culture under Dr. J.P. Moreland. Brad is married to Catherine, (a Dutch citizen!), and together they have four children, Sarah, Sam, Scott and Sutter.

  • Holly Tiche

    Principal, Tiche Consulting, Rocklin CA

    Holly Tiche is currently a principal at a consulting firm in Rocklin, California. She focuses on strategic planning and governance issues for land development and non-profit corporations.

    Ms. Tiche is also President of Placer Ranch, a 2,200 acre development in Placer County owned by philanthropist Eli Broad. The project will eventually contain over 10 million square feet of research and development, commercial and office space, approximately 5,000 residential units and a 300 acre campus site donated to Sacramento State.

    Ms. Tiche lives in Rocklin with her husband and three children.


William Jessup University is pleased to offer the Master’s in Christian Ministry Leadership online, in addition to our complete assortment of online degree programs, to students residing outside of California. While we want to open our programs to students living in any of the 50 states, the Department of Education regulates that only students living in authorized states may enroll in Jessup’s online distance program. Applicants living outside of California can only be considered for admission to fully online degree programs if they live in states where we are authorized to operate.

Unfortunately, if you live in a state in which we are not yet authorized we are unable to process your enrollment application at this time.

State-by-State Breakdown

As a private, non-profit education provider, William Jessup University can accept students into its fully online programs from all U.S. states except the following:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Student Complaints

For complete information about WJU and how to file a complaint as a student please see the Consumer Information section of the Jessup website. If a distance education student who lives outside the state of California believes that the university’s internal procedures have not adequately addressed concerns identified under the Program Integrity Rule, the following link and contact information for each state is provided: Student Complaint Information by State and Agency (PDF).


Admission decisions are made by the Graduate Admission Committee using a combination of factors, including academic degree(s), records and experiences. Applicants will be admitted to the program based upon enrollment availability and their ability to meet the following minimum recommended entrance requirements. All the following documents are to be submitted to the WJU Graduate Admission Office:

Graduate Application to WJU

Personal Statement
A 500 word personal statement describing why this program is valuable for your ministry.

Two Letters of recommendation
One letter addressing character and suitability for ministry; one letter addressing academic potential. Letters cannot be written by family members.

Official Transcripts for any completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees
-Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university verifying an earned baccalaureate degree.
-Official transcripts from every college attended.

Undergraduate 3.0 or better GPA
Official transcripts showing an undergraduate 3.0 plus GPA is an indicator of academic potential and success at the graduate level. Applicants not meeting this standard are not automatically disqualified; however they should provide an explanation of prior performance and describe the experiences and skills they believe indicate the ability to succeed at the graduate level. Official transcripts and any other supporting application documents that cannot be uploaded to the online application can be sent to:

Graduate Admission Committee
William Jessup University
2121 University Avenue
Rocklin, CA 95765

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