Area of Biblical Learning

Milligan has one of the strongest Bible curriculums and faculty around. Study of the Bible has been foundational to Milligan since its inception. As our mission statement indicates, the Bible stands at the core of the “Christian worldview” that shapes all else about the college. Furthermore, Milligan’s liberal arts education provides excellent preparation for ministers. Our conviction is that ministers must know the scriptures and how to interpret them, but they also must know about the world and the people to whom they seek to minister.

Although all Christians are called to ministry, some are set apart for leadership roles in the church. The Bible major is designed to help prepare men and women to serve as leaders in a wide variety of settings, including local congregations, local and international missions, and various educational institutions. The core of the major consists of courses in scripture, church history and ministry. Students then choose a specific track within the Bible major, rounding out their coursework with classes that address the concerns and issues related to that particular field of ministry.


Serious study of scripture should always be connected with service or ministry, and so each track in our Bible major is focused toward teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way. Students are required to complete a ministry internship and many have part-time ministries at local churches.

Our Graduates

Besides the many who are serving in local churches or as independent missionaries, our graduates are working for organizations such as Christian Missionary Fellowship, English Language Institute of China, Pioneer Bible Translators, and TEAM Expansion. Many others have pursued graduate studies at institutions such as Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Lincoln Christian Seminary, Princeton Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and many others.

Internships & Scholarships

Not only are our classes challenging and beneficial, but our students are also encouraged to get involved in some kind of ministry or service while in school, thereby actually putting their learning into practice. And every student majoring in Bible/Ministry is required to do an internship as part of the graduation requirements. We believe the Lord wants us all to be involved in His service — now as well as in the future.

In addition to several specific ministry-focused scholarships available for both incoming and continuing students, Milligan offers a very generous program of assistance based on academic ability and past performance. Approximately 92 percent of Milligan students receive financial aid of some kind, including both academic scholarships and need-based grants. Numerous work-study positions, sometimes in your area of study, are available on campus. Students may apply for scholarships during the time they apply for admission to the college.


Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

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

Phone: 423.461.8797
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112


Dr. Craig Farmer

Craig Farmer

Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Associate Professor of History and Humanities; Area Chair of Humane Learning; Joel O. and Mabel Stephens Chair of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8942
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 122


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
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116


Dr. John Jackson

John Jackson

Associate Professor of Bible and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8794
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 111


Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
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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
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Office: Derthick Hall, 107