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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
IDTH 2010OrientationPass / Fail
Biblical Studies – Choose 3
BIBL 2013Interpreting the Bible3
BIBL 3013Introduction to the Old Testament 13
BIBL 3023Introduction to the Old Testament 23
BIBL 3033Introduction to the New Testament 13
BIBL 3043Introduction to the New Testament 23
Christian Thought – Choose 2
CHUR 2033Intro to Christian History3
THEO 3013Christian Theology 13
THEO 3023Christian Theology 23
THEO 3033Christian Ethics3
Ministry Electives
Evangelism and Mission, Leadership, or Next Generation Ministry3
Evangelism and Mission, Leadership, Discipleship, or  Next Generation Ministry3
Evangelism and Mission, Leadership, Discipleship, or Next Generation Ministry3
Biblical Studies/Christian Thought/Leadership/Next Generation Ministry/Discipleship/Evangelism and Mission Electives
Total Credit Hours30

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. Scott Kohler

Pastor, Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Fredericton, NB

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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. 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