School of Bible & Ministry

Study of the Bible has been foundational to Milligan College since its inception. As the mission statement of the college indicates, Bible stands at the core of the “Christian worldview” that shapes all else about the college. Milligan believes this serious study of scripture should always be connected with service (or “ministry”), and so each concentration in the Bible major is focused toward teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way.

The Bible major aims partly to prepare people for leadership ministry in the church, in this and other cultures, or to equip the student otherwise to understand and teach the content and meaning of scripture.

The provision of specific concentrations within the major recognizes the desire and need for specialization in focus for future service. Ministry of any concentration or deeper academic study both need biblical and historical content, so the same core of essential courses is required for each concentration within the major. Specialization for particular ministry then is provided through the requirements of those concentrations and through choices for related electives.

A wide diversity of options in the ministerial and scholarly fields can be pursued with this major. Those seeking graduate education with the possibility of teaching Bible or religion courses will find the general studies concentration most helpful; those pursuing one of the ministry concentrations will also find themselves well prepared for seminary study.

Over the years Milligan graduates have been well prepared to serve ably in various fields of ministry and/or pursue further study.

Milligan College expects those who graduate with Bible majors to:

  1. Be prepared for service in a church, whether in a professional leadership role or as a scholar and teacher of scripture;
  2. Be able, especially those in ministry concentrations, to prepare and preach sermons or teach lessons that have solid scriptural content, and those in the general studies concentration to be able to help others “rightly divide the word of truth”;
  3. Have a good foundation in biblical, church historical, and either practical or scholarly studies for lifelong learning;
  4. Be well-equipped to pursue seminary or graduate education;
  5. Provide a solid example, as a humble student of scripture and the world, of following Jesus in daily living.

The Bible major consists of several components, two of which are the same in all of the concentrations: (1) a Bible core, and (2) a church history core. In addition, each of the ministry-focused concentrations have (3) a Christian ministry core, and (4) courses specific to each concentration.


  • Children’s Ministry
  • Missions
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • General Studies

The Bible minor at Milligan College is intended to be strictly a study of scripture.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


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Dr. Curtis Booher

Curtis Booher

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8778
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 118


Dr. Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Sociology and Missions; Area Chair of Social Learning

Phone: 423.461.8739
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116


Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries; Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Area Chair of Biblical Learning

Phone: 423.461.8797
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112


Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120


Dr. Garland Young

Garland Young

Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean; Professor of the Practice of Religion and Greek

Phone: 423.461.8720
Office: Derthick Hall, 107