Bachelor of Theology

The Bachelor of Theology (90 credit hours, three years if full-time) is designed to equip those who are called to leadership roles in the Christian community. In addition to giving an exciting introduction to the Biblical Studies, Christian Theology and History, this program also provides an introduction to current and proven ministry approaches that make a difference in the lives of people. Foundational courses in arts and science also provide an understanding of the historical and current context for the practice of ministry. Learning is flexible and many courses can be taken either on campus, online or in intensive units that make studying possible for students who are unable to attend locally or full time.

The BTh (Ordination Track) is specifically designed to meet the ordination requirements of some denominations and churches. Prospective students who have credits from uncompleted degree programs are encouraged to ask the ADC Registrar or BTh Director, Dr Chris Killacky, about the possibility of transferring courses into the BTh program.

The BTh (non Ordination Track) is a more flexible degree that is suited to those wishing to exercise ministry that is not traditionally understood to be in the context of ‘formal ordination’. This is idea for those interested in missions work, bi-vocational or part-time ministry as well as those serving in leadership and other work supporting churches, groups, and Christian organizations in Canada or overseas.

The BTh (2nd Degree) is designed for students who have completed their first degree at Acadia University and are able to enroll in the ‘2nd Undergraduate Degree’ program which requires, in addition to their first degree, a minimum of 30 additional credit hours of study in the BTh program to graduate. This is also ideal for those who have been taking some theology courses or the ‘Minor’ in Theology during their time at Acadia University.

Please contact the BTh Director, Dr Chris Killacky if you would like more information and advice.

Program Requirements

A grade of 2.0 is necessary for each course in order to apply that course toward the Bachelor of Theology degree. A CGPA of 2.0 is necessary to graduate.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IDTH 2010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Arts and Science
English electives (normally 1000-level) 6
Economics/Political Science/Sociology 6
Biology/Physics/Chemistry/Math/other Science 6
Classics/History/Philosophy/Language2/Music 6
Biblical Studies
BIBL 2013 Interpreting the Bible 3
BIBL 3013 Introduction to the Old Testament 1 3
BIBL 3023 Introduction to the Old Testament 2 3
BIBL 3033 Introduction to the New Testament 1 3
BIBL 3043 Introduction to the New Testament 2 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 2033 History of Christianity 3
THEO 3013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 3023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 3033 Christian Ethics 3
Ministry
EVAN 3013 Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society 3
EVAN 3023 Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations 3
SPFM 3013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders 3
PAST 3053 Preaching as Practice and the Practice of Preaching 3
PAST 3063 Christian Worship…Now 3
PAST 4053 Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’ 3
DISP 3013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry 3
PACC 3013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
PAST 4013 Mentored Ministry 1 3
PAST 4023 Mentored Ministry 2 3
NXGN 3013 Youth and Family Ministry 3
Electives3 (Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry)
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90

 

1 Individuals seeking ordination within the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches should note that those under the age of 35 are required to
complete a Master of Divinity degree to be approved for ordination.
2 Greek and Hebrew recommended.
3 Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 3023). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IDTH 2010 Orientation Pass/Fail
Arts and Science
English electives (normally 1000-level) 6
Economics/Political Science/Sociology 6
Biology/Physics/Chemistry/Math/other Science 6
Classics/History/Philosophy/Music 6
Language electives2 6
Biblical Studies
BIBL 2013 Interpreting the Bible 3
BIBL 3013 Introduction to the Old Testament 1 3
BIBL 3023 Introduction to the Old Testament 2 3
BIBL 3033 Introduction to the New Testament 1 3
BIBL 3043 Introduction to the New Testament 2 3
Christian Thought
CHUR 2033 History of Christianity 3
THEO 3013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 3023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 3033 Christian Ethics 3
Ministry Electives (to be chosen from Leadership, Next Generation Ministry, Discipleship, or Evangelism and Mission)
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Ministry elective 3
Electives3 (to be chosen from any university Faculty, including Theology)
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 90

 

1 This degree alone is not intended to prepare for Ordained Ministry. Prospective students seeking ordination should consult their
denomination or church to determine ordination requirements before commencing a program of study.
2 Greek and Hebrew recommended
3 Pastoral Ministry courses excluded.

Program Faculty

Dr. Christopher Killacky

Associate Professor of Theology

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Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Dr. Harry Gardner

President and Dean of Theology

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Dr. John McNally

Director of Mentored Ministry Program

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Dr. Melody Maxwell

Associate Professor of Church History

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Dr. Robert Wilson

Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Senior Professor of Church History

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Lecturers

Rev. Dale Stairs

Director, Crandall-Acadia Bachelor of Theology Partnership

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Dr. Jody Linkletter

Associate Director of Doctoral Studies

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Rev. Renée Embree

Director of the Next Generation Ministry Program

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Current Adjunct Faculty

Wade White

Adjunct Faculty

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Rev. Scott Kohler

Pastor, Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Fredericton, NB

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Rev. Kirby Spivey III

Senior Pastor, New Beginnings Ministires

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Dr. Marv Penner

Executive Director, All About Youth

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Dr. Carol Anne Janzen

Regional Director, Atlantic Region, Canadian Bible Society

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