As a Ministry major, you will be prepared for graduate study or for a ministry career inside or outside of the church. With the theoretical course work and flexible choices of study, you can design your major based on your own interests and goals for community and church service.

Program Highlights



What Will I Learn?

You will receive a firm foundation in biblical studies and theology- taking five courses in Bible and four in theology. In addition to these courses students take six courses in ministry and then complete an interdisciplinary ministry focus, such as pastoral, youth and family, music, or urban/cross-cultural ministry.

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Where Can It Take Me?


  • Browncroft Community Church, Rochester, NY
  • Edgewood Free Methodist Church, Brighton, NY
  • First Bible Baptist Church, Greece, NY
  • Heart and Soul Free Methodist Church, Rochester, NY
  • New Hope Free Methodist Church, Rochester, NY
  • Park Ridge Free Methodist Church, Greece, NY
  • Pearce Memorial Church, North Chili, NY
  • Roberts Wesleyan College, Chaplain Ministries, Rochester, NY
  • Shema Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation, Rochester, NY
  • Youth for Christ, Rochester, NY
  • Church Radiant, Rochester, NY
  • Pearce Memorial Church, North Chili, NY
  • Parkside Lutheran Church, Buffalo, NY
  • Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach, Rochester, NY
  • Free Methodist Bible Quizzing, Rwanda, Africa


  • Recruiter for the United States Army
  • Youth Pastor
  • Church Administrator
  • Worship Pastor
  • Ministry Staff Member
  • Resident Counselor
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Admissions Counselor

Grad Schools

  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Colgate Rochester Divinity School
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Gordon Conwell Seminary
  • Northeastern Seminary
  • Ohio State University
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • SUNY Albany
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Rochester
  • University of St. Andrew's (Scotland)

Who Will I Meet?

Dr. Jeffrey McPherson

Dr. Jeffrey McPherson received his Ph.D. from McMaster University. He joined the faculty at Roberts Wesleyan College in 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. His doctoral dissertation was a theological and philosophical study of the worldviews of Jonathan Edwards (famous American Puritan theologian) and Alfred North Whitehead (well-known mathematician and philosopher—Founder of Process Philosophy). Dr.
McPherson teaches a wide range of theological, biblical, and philosophical courses. Read more here.

Caleb Choate

My work in ministry starts today at Roberts. Never before in my life have I been surrounded with such an encouraging body of students and professors who are willing and able to push me in the Lord's call for me in ministry. Every single day I recognize the infinite ways that God has blessed me by placing these people in my life. My understanding of scripture has expanded in ways I could not have anticipated, and my hunger to learn has only grown since the start of fall semester. I credit all of this to God, and I thank Him for guiding me towards Roberts Wesleyan College.

Alumni Success

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Calvin Smith '11


Belfast Free Methodist Church

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Seana Vitoff '15

Graduate Student

Nyack College

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Paul Zittel

Youth Pastor

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 Natalie Stedner

Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator

Woodbourne Correction Facility

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 Anna Valeria Iseman

Executive Director/CEO

 Open Door Mission

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Evan Stark '05

Vice President of Sales for the Dorschel Automotive Group

Rochester, NY

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Related Majors

Biblical Studies - The Ministry major is designed for that person who is hoping to pursue ministry, while keeping open the possibility of attending seminary later on.
Religion & Philosophy - Interested in religious studies? Our Religion-Philosophy major will help students become intelligent, grounded, well-read people with the ability to communicate effectively.
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