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


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 38-hour foundation in biblical and theological studies, a 17-hour foundation in Church and Family Ministries studies, and 12 hours of specialized courses in the area of your choice. You can customize your program through focused study in fields including: family ministry, children’s ministry, student ministry, biblical counseling, teaching, church administration and many 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



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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