Philip B. Petersen, D. Min.

Department of Christian Ministry
Chair of Christian Ministry Department, Professor of Pastoral Leadership

Courses: Expository Preaching; Principles of Ministry Leadership; Foundations of Discipleship Ministry; Biblical Evangelism & Mission; Alliance Ministries; Pastoral Internship

Education: B.A., Taylor University; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; D. Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Doctoral studies, Wayne State University (in process).

Dr. Petersen equips students to make disciples of all age groups and cultural contexts. His courses are biblically based and informed by excellence in current practice. Pastoral Leadership majors are prepared to step into a local church pastorate or staff setting, to preach God’s Word, cast vision, shepherd God’s people and equip them to make disciples. Crown’s half-year, full-time internship is a model to other schools, and enables students to fully explore ministry as staff members of churches, camps, and other Christian organizations. Dr. Peterson maintains that, “For the Christian student, academics are more than excellence in the cognitive domain. We are called to love God with all our minds, as well as our soul, heart and strength.”

Dr. Petersen feels blessed to have been born into a family where Christ was central. He accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at a young age, was nurtured in the church, and during high school was shaped by his church youth ministry and summer Church camps, where he dedicated his life anew to Christ. Dr. Petersen has been a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the North American Professors of Christian Education, and is ordained with The Christian & Missionary Alliance. Prior to joining the Crown faculty, he pastored two congregations in Michigan.

Life verse:
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
- Galatians 2:20