Doctor of Ministry
As you progress through the DMin program a number of individuals will assist you:
Dr. Jody Linkletter
Associate Director of Doctoral Studies
Lecturer in Youth and Family Ministries
Academic Assistant to the Academic Dean
Associate Director: Works with the Director and the Program Director to provide academic and administrative support for DMin students, including facilitating Directed Studies, Ministry Mentoring and Reflection experiences, Comprehensive Evaluations, Thesis examinations, etc.
Dr. John McNally
Program Director, Doctor of Ministry
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Program Director: Provides oversight, leadership, and management of the program and interviews potential incoming students.
Dr. Anna Robbins
Director of Doctoral Studies
Professor of Theology, Culture, and Ethics
Director: Provides overall academic and strategic development of the program.
During your studies there will be a number of individuals involved in your program. From teaching in the classroom, to mentoring you through the process, each of these team members will help shape and guide your experience and education.
Some of the residential faculty at Acadia Divinity College teach courses in our doctoral program. Our faculty combines high quality instruction with a passion for ministry that will enrich your experience.
Often experts are invited to teach courses within the DMin program as adjunct faculty. These instructors enrich the program by bringing expertise beyond that of the residential faculty.
As part of your required Ministry Mentoring and Reflection course, to help you grow in your understanding and practice of ministry, you will be paired with a mentor for a nine-month period. This seasoned ministry leader will meet with you monthly to give you an opportunity to reflect on your ministry. You will be given the opportunity to suggest the names of several possible candidates who live near you and could serve in this role.
A supervisor for your thesis will normally be appointed when the faculty approves your thesis proposal. You will be given the opportunity to suggest the names of several possible candidates who could serve in this role. The Director will make the final decision in consultation with you. Typically, the Thesis Supervisor is either a member of the Acadia faculty or a practitioner who has expertise in the area of ministry you would like to explore in your research. The Thesis Supervisor will possess an earned doctorate from a recognized school.
When the Director and your Thesis Supervisor are confident that your thesis is complete and ready for defense, the Director will appoint a committee to examine you and your thesis. Typically, the thesis committee is made up of an internal reader (from the Acadia faculty) and an external reader (from outside the faculty), your thesis supervisor, and normally a member from the DMIN team. The Academic Dean, or another member of faculty serves as chair of the thesis defense. Typically, the defense lasts about two hours. Most students enjoy their defense as it allows an opportunity for you to discuss an area of deep interest with others who have read and understand your views.
Arrow graduates, from both the Emerging Stream and the Executive Stream, who meet the normal Acadia DMin admission requirements are warmly welcomed into our DMin program. Arrow grads are granted 12 credit hours of elective courses for completing the Arrow Leadership Program as well as their 3 credit hour Ministry Mentoring and Reflection Course. This reduces the time required to complete the DMin by one year and saves you one year’s fees. For more information on the Arrow Leadership Program, visit their website.
Canadian Baptist pastors who are accepted into the Pastors Educational Short-term Mission program and Praxis may apply to have their study tour count as an elective course. Additional assignments in advance of, and following, the trip will be required. DMin students interested in using this study tour as an elective within their program should contact the DMin Team soon after they are accepted into the CBM program in order to clarify course assignments. Permission to count the study tour as an elective course must be secured in advance of the trip. Normal tuition costs will apply. For more information on this program, contact your regional denominational office.