Biblical and theological studies, Dr. Jason Leif

Grow in your love for God and your neighbor by studying the Christian faith. What you learn will help you lead a thoughtful, reflective and active Christian life as you respond to God’s call to service and ministry in the world.

Academic programs

Northwestern’s biblical and theological studies department is large for a college our size and serves all students through core general education courses in the Christian story and tradition. Your major courses will help you develop your Christian worldview and further strengthen your foundational knowledge in Scripture, theology and the practice of ministry.  Explore programs

Firm foundation

Northwestern biblical and theological studies graduates earn high praise for their preparation and training from their seminary professors at schools like Duke Divinity and Princeton and Western theological seminaries. Their undergraduate study of Greek and Hebrew has proven especially helpful to their seminary success. Our award-winning Bible, theology and youth ministry professors are scholars with diverse areas of expertise and extensive church ministry and mission experience. Approachable and involved in students’ lives, they’ll engage you in thoughtful study, challenge you to love God with your heart and mind, and guide you as you discern your call to ministry.  Explore faculty

Ministry experience

If you’re exploring a call to ministry, you can start during college with co-curricular opportunities to lead worship in chapel, disciple your peers, and travel on short-term mission trips in the U.S. and abroad.  Youth ministry students participate in local churches, teaching Sunday school and serving as youth leaders or mentors. We can also help you arrange a summer internship as a worship assistant or youth leader at a church near your hometown or elsewhere in the U.S. And if you want to work with youth overseas— or study interfaith dialogue—you might enroll in one of Northwestern’s study abroad programs.  Explore campus ministry opportunities

Celina Corrales

Made for ministry

Even as she is learning about youth ministry and worship arts, Celina is getting practical experiences—serving as a mentor for high school students and as a member of the college's chapel worship team.

Celina's story

Heather Ver Meer

In tune to God's call

Heather’s ministry experiences while a student at Northwestern prepared her for both the joys and challenges of children’s faith formation.

Heather's story

Steven Clark

Faithful Scholar

A Christian and a scholar. That’s the label Steven is aiming for, so he’s building on the strong start he got at Northwestern as a divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Steven's story

Laura Jonker

Keeping the Faith

Laura’s work with a nonprofit and bilingual church involves equipping the greater church to serve as ambassadors of Christ’s hope.

Laura's story

Josefrayn Sánchez-Perry

Christian historian

Now a theology professor at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Sánchez-Perry says he first learned to think critically when he was a student at NWC.

Josefrayn's story