Message from the Associate Dean

The Division of Religion and Philosophy serves the general education needs of Azusa Pacific University students by offering 18 units of coursework in biblical, theological, and philosophical formation. We serve the needs of our majors by focusing study toward a bachelor of arts degree in biblical studies, religious studies, theology, philosophy, Christian ministries, or youth and family ministries, and moreover by directing certificate of distinction programs in theology, philosophy, and biblical studies. We augment majors in other academic disciplines by providing minors in the above-mentioned fields, as well as minors in ancient languages, philosophical apologetics, practical and professional ethics, sports ministry, and youth outreach and discipleship.

Our students learn the meaning of Jesus Christ and His message for His time and ours, while exploring the cultural heritage that preceded and shaped the world of Jesus and His earlier disciples. Students learn to critically evaluate and apply what professional and popular voices in every era say about God, Christ, the Church, the cosmos, faith, knowledge, humanity, and ministry, and they learn to integrate faith with academic study and cultural engagement. Our graduates are pastors, church and parachurch professionals, missionaries, educators, writers, administrators, organizers, managers, and change agents.

We provide resources and renewal for the Church through our unique and decisive vocation as an evangelical Christian school of theology with a Wesleyan heritage.

We look forward to your arrival in our classrooms and corridors. We welcome you to our offices. Furthermore, we invite you to join us in service-learning projects, academic conferences, travels to holy lands, and discovery at archaeological digs. We are having the time of our lives. We believe that you will too.

Grace and Peace,

Kenneth L. Waters Sr., Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor of New Testament
Division of Religion and Philosophy

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.