It is a high calling to shepherd Christ's church. Could God be calling you to this biblical responsibility?

The Pastoral degree program at Appalachian Bible College is specially designed to prepare you for service in local church leadership. Receiving an accredited double major in Bible / Theology and Pastoral studies will shape your mind and heart for a Christlike approach to all aspects of a pastor’s ministry, with particular emphasis on expository preaching.

The ABC Advantage

Our Program

Pastor-teachers need to "rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). With this focus in mind, the Pastoral degree at Appalachian Bible College will equip you for expository preaching—preaching that rightly interprets Scripture in its literary context and historical setting, while convincing the listener to believe and obey God’s Word.

In the days of celebrity Christianity, you will learn a counter-cultural model of servant leadership at ABC. Faculty with pastoral experience will guide you in studying what constitutes a biblically-sound local church and how to lead by example.

While some Christian colleges have a more theoretical approach, at ABC you will examine the practical matters of pastoral ministry: sermon outlines, visitation, legal issues, professionalism, and how to perform weddings, funerals, and baptisms. Graduates are well-prepared for candidacy and ordination.

Choose a concentration in the Pastoral degree:

  • English Bible - take one semester of Greek, and also choose from electives in Missions, Music, and Youth & Family
  • New Testament Greek - take four semesters of Greek for the best accredited seminary preparation

Our Faculty

Rev. David Childs

Rev. David Childs - Acting Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Major

The Lord has allowed me to experience a wide range of ministries, from part-time youth pastor, assistant pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor in multi-staff churches, missionary pastor in a foreign country, to now helping train pastoral students on a college level.

It is our joy to train men whose hearts and heads are tuned to God’s Word and who understand the need to unleash the power of His Word in cultures that are empty and seeking after things that cannot satisfy. We want the world to know that Jesus saves and satisfies the longing heart! ABC's Pastoral Ministry major emphasizes expository preaching of God's Word and making disciples through local church ministry.

Why Pastoral?


Large or small, every local church needs godly male leadership. Ever since its inception ABC has been training servants for pastoral ministry. You will learn to:

  • participate in evangelism
  • understand and uphold doctrines related to the Church
  • study and proclaim God’s Word effectively
  • promote missions around the world
  • conduct church business, worship services, pastoral ministries related to church ordinances, and other services associated with the role of pastors

Career Ministry Opportunities

  • Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Seminary Preparation

Objectives & Outcomes

You will be trained in… Leading to…
Sermon development based upon an accurate exposition of the Scriptures challenging hearers to align themselves with God's truth.
Doctrinal and practical issues a pastor will face in ministry resolving individual and church issues in a manner that pleases the Lord.
Helping the congregation to see the need for both evangelism and discipleship implementing them in ways that are both Scripturally sound and God-honoring.

Pastoral Courses

What's Next?