The Certificate in Christian Studies (CCS) is 30-credit-hour undergraduate program designed to provide individuals interested in ministry with a foundation of Biblical Studies, Theology, Christian History, and Practical Ministry courses. The CCS can help equip individuals to be an effective volunteer leader in their church or ministry. The credits earned in the Certificate can be applied toward a Bachelor of Theology degree. The CCS may be ideal for individuals wanting to test their interest in Christian studies with the possibility of applying to the Bachelor of Theology program.

Those applying to the Certificate in Christian Studies normally have a high school diploma or equivalent. At completion, the Certificate is awarded by Acadia Divinity College at their annual Commissioning Service.

Program Requirements

A grade point of 2.00 is necessary for each course in order for that course to apply toward the Certificate.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
IDTH 2010 Orientation Pass / Fail
Biblical Studies – Choose 3
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 – Choose 2
CHUR 2033 Intro to Christian History 3
THEO 3013 Christian Theology 1 3
THEO 3023 Christian Theology 2 3
THEO 3033 Christian Ethics 3
Ministry Electives
Evangelism and Mission, Leadership, or Next Generation Ministry 3
Evangelism and Mission, Leadership, Discipleship, or  Next Generation Ministry 3
Evangelism and Mission, Leadership, Discipleship, or Next Generation Ministry 3
Biblical Studies/Christian Thought/Leadership/Next Generation Ministry/Discipleship/Evangelism and Mission Electives
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Program Faculty

Dr. Spencer Boersma

Assistant Professor of Theology

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Wade White

Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Melody Maxwell

Associate Professor of Church History

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Rev. Dr. Malcolm Card

(Retired) Staff, Canadian Baptist Ministries

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Rev. Dan Pyke

Director, Next Generation Ministry Program

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Rev. Dale Stairs

Director, Crandall-Acadia Bachelor of Theology Partnership

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Dr. John McNally

Director of Mentored Ministry Program

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Dr. Jody Linkletter

Associate Director of Doctoral Studies

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Admission Requirements

Those applying to the Certificate in Christian Studies normally have a High School diploma