Department of Bible and Ministry

The Department of Bible and Ministry at York University is committed to building a foundation of literacy and preparation for ministry. Whether your post-grad goals are graduate school or entering ministry, you can rest assured that you will be well prepared as a biblical studies major at York University. 

Special features of the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies include:

  • A strong Biblical curriculum.
  • Strong support courses in ministry, doctrine, religious history, Biblical languages and philosophy.
  • An concentration in Youth Ministry for the student whose basic intention is to focus on working with youth in local church settings. This concentration will prepare students with courses in ministry, family studies, developmental psychology, and social structures. Biblical studies will provide an adequate foundation and tools for a balanced and productive ministry.
  • A summer intern program. Each Biblical Studies major is required to spend at least one summer working with a congregation. This helps the student to learn various aspects of ministry outside the classroom.


Degree Programs

Youth and Family Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Ministry concentration in with Youth and Family Ministry

Christian Counseling

Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Ministry concentration in with Christian Counseling

Worship Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Ministry with concentration in Worship Ministry


Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry with a concentration in Ministry


A degree in Biblical Studies provides the skills necessary to pursue rewarding careers in:

  • Preaching Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Mission Work
  • Vocational Ministry
  • Education
  • Chaplaincy
  • Theology
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Religious Organizations


Some of the courses you may take include: 

  • Communicating the Gospel
  • Spiritual Formation in Ministry
  • Elementary Greek
  • Teaching Scripture
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • History of Religions of the World
  • The Work of the Minister
  • Story of Global Christianity
  • Wisdom and Poetry of the Old Testament
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • The Prophets of Israel
  • The Life and Letters of Paul
  • Archaeology and the Bible

  1. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the Bible that illustrates a discerning use of Scripture.
  2. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the practices of nurturing Christian faith for self and others.
  3. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the essential components of ministry to the church and world.
  4. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the essential components of ministry to youth and families in the contemporary world.
  5. The learner will be able to provide Christian counsel promoting individual and family flourishing.
  6. The learner will be able to plan and lead worship for church.


Bible Faculty

Our faculty members provide students solid biblical preparation, an understanding of humankind, and tools to continue the thoughtful pursuit of truth. Faith and learning are integrated in each course to prepare students for life--not just their professions. 

Dr. Garrett Best

Chair of the Biblical Studies Department
Professor of Bible

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Dr. Darrel Sears

Associate Professor of Bible and Ministry

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Chi Rho - Campus Ministry

Chi Rho is a group of students who are motivated to be a spiritual catalysts on the YU campus helping students connect with local churches, hosting student-led Bible studies, and planning other ministries that lead the community to deeper encounters with Jesus.



Transfer from Schools of Preaching

Students seeking admission to the Bible program must meet all the York University admission requirements. Graduates from Schools of Preaching may apply for up to 60 hours of transfer credit in Bible and Greek courses. To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies, the student must have completed a minimum of 120 semester hours, at least 32 of which must be in residence at York University. 

Transfer Admissions