Pastoral Leadership B.A.

School of Theology + Ministry

Guiding the Flock

Crown’s B.A. degree in Pastoral Leadership provides excellent preparation for immediate career placement or graduate/seminary programs in ministry, Bible, or theology.

As a student, you will also have internship opportunities to gain practical real-world ministry experience through the Pastoral Leadership degree program. You will also have the option of pursuing a concentration in Greek to get ahead of the game for graduate or seminary work.

Why study Pastoral Leadership at Crown?

Practical Training

Learn how to engage contemporary issues from a biblical perspective.

Excellent Faculty

The program is led by individuals with excellent scholarship and years of experience in ministry and nonprofit leadership.

Hands-on Internship Experience

Learn how to engage contemporary issues from a biblical perspective.

I have the opportunity to not just be in a caring community, but a community that fosters the same values and faith. There are so many different perspectives here from students and professors, and it creates so many opportunities to grow.

Being at Crown makes you want to stay at Crown for the rest of your life; but being at Crown also gets you excited for what God is preparing you to do after college, too.

Nora Xiong


Lead Pastor
Associate Pastor
Parachurch Leader
Discipleship Pastor
Denominational Leadership
Church Consultant

Preparation for Advanced Degrees

Meet the Dean

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Bill Kuhn

Dean, School of Theology + Ministry

Dr. Dean Erickson

Professor of Biblical Studies | Chair of Biblical, Theological, and Ministry Studies

Dr. Glenn Myers

Professor of Church History and Theological Studies

Dr. Jessica Fleck

Assistant Professor of Next Generation Ministry Leadership

Dr. Justin Winzenburg

Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek | Director of Crown Honors

Dr. Ryan Heinsch

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Preview of Courses

BIB 231 - Principles of Biblical Interpretation

This course is designed to help the student master fundamental lexical, grammatical, and historical-cultural principles needed to interpret Scripture. It concludes with guidance in how to apply Scripture to contemporary life and problems. This course should not be taken in addition to BIB 210 Methods of Bible Study.

PRC 445 - Variety in Biblical Preaching

This course builds upon concepts gained in PRC 332. The unique features of this course include study in preaching various types of biblical texts, sermon methods, and preparing for variety in speaking contexts. Students study their presentations on videotape and receive evaluation from peers and the instructor.

PST 324 - Pastoral Theory and Practice

This course considers the relational context of ministry, emphasizing ways to work effectively with persons in the church, as well as the responsibilities of the pastor in worship, prayer, evangelism, member care, weddings, funerals and administering the ordinances.


Our faculty to student ratio is 17:1. We intentionally aim to keep our class sizes small. This allows us to maintain academic excellence and strong relationships between faculty and students. At Crown College, every student is a person and not just another number.
We generally accept credits from accredited institutions as long as the student maintained a C or higher in the course. To see a full list of what classes will transfer, you can visit Transferology or contact our registrar office at
Available to all students, our Student Success Office is a great resource for students. Services offered by the Student Success Office are designed to increase academic success and build community. Amanda McDonald serves as our Director of Student Success and is more than happy to meet with any student. For more information, click here.
Yes we have an honors program! For more information on our Honors program click here.
Crown College offers a wide-range of scholarships to every student. 100% of students receive some type of financial aid. For more information about financial aid, click here.
At Crown College, every class is taught from a Biblical worldview. Our faculty are all followers of Christ and are comfortable incorporating Christian principles into their curriculum. For more information on other ways Crown College equips students spiritually outside of the classroom, click here.

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