Jack D. Terry School of Church & Family Ministries

How will you prepare God’s people for service?

God has called you to strengthen His church by making disciples and equipping them for service. The School of Church and Family Ministries will give you practical, hands-on training for the ministry to which He’s called you.

Through biblical, Christ-centered education, you will grow in your faith and ministry experience. Faculty members with years of experience in ministry will toil with you to cultivate biblical knowledge into effective ministry wherever God may call you to serve.

Who We Are

Professors at Southwestern come with world-class credentials and a passion for the Bible, the church and evangelism. In the School of Church and Family Ministries, you’ll interact with your professors both inside and outside the classroom: You can join them for lunch, minister alongside them, meet them on the playing field during intramural sports or develop a mentoring relationship with them.

Meet Our Dean

Waylan Owens

Dean of the Terry School of Church & Family Ministries

  • More than 10 years pastoral experience, including five in Alaska
  • Missions experience in Mexico, South Africa, Mozambique, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Zambia
  • Taught at Uganda Baptist Seminary and graduate courses in the Philippines
  • Adopted three children from China

Church & Family Ministries Faculty

Degree Options

The Terry School of Church and Family Ministries has several master’s and doctoral degrees that can prepare you for ministry.

The Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE), the school’s most comprehensive degree program, will give you a 29-hour foundation in biblical and theological studies, a 20-hour foundation in Church and Family Ministries, and 15 hours of specialized courses in the area of your choice. You can customize your program through focused study in fields like family ministry, children’s ministry, youth ministry, teaching, Hispanic studies and much more. Whatever God calls you to do, Southwestern has a degree program that will help you apply His word to your ministry.

“My goal is to encourage students to know the Lord, to trust His Word and His Holy Spirit, to recognize the spiritual and holy nature of the eternal life they are living, and to think scripturally every moment about everything.”

Waylan Owens


  • Master of Arts in Christian Education

    This degree offers a foundation in biblical and theological studies and in Christian education. You can also choose a concentration that will prepare you for the specific ministry to which God has called you.


  • Master of Arts in Christian School Education

    This degree will prepare you to be a teacher or administrator in a Christian school (Kindergarten-12th grade).


  • Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

    This degree is designed to equip Christian men and women to minister God’s Word through counseling in the context of the local church or other Christian ministries. In the program, you’ll take courses in the Bible and theology, as well as counseling courses that will prepare you to apply God’s Word in counseling settings.


  • Doctor of Philosophy

    Southwestern Seminary offers Ph.D. degrees within each of its schools, providing you the opportunity to gain advanced training in specified areas of theology, archaeology, evangelism and missions, church and family ministries, or church music.


  • Doctor of Educational Ministries

    Building upon the M.A.C.E. degree, this degree provides advanced training without calling you away from your current ministry. Your studies will primarily be facilitated via the Internet and occasional, short seminars in Fort Worth. During your last year of study, you’ll complete a dissertation.


Start your journey of fulfilling God’s call on your life today.

However God calls you to train His people, the Terry School of Church and Family Ministries will equip you to handle the Word of God and apply it to ministry.

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