The goal of the School of Theology is to develop future leaders equipped to carry on a ministry of proclamation, worship, and nurturing within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. You will gain not only a thorough knowledge of Biblical Languages, SDA Heritage, and Christian Faith and Scripture, but also the skills necessary to communicate your knowledge to foster faith in others. This is accomplished through a well-established advisement program and classroom instruction based on lectures, reading, dialogue, and inquiry. You will sharpen your skills through field experience such as assisting in local churches, working in a local hospital, or being involved in regional evangelistic meetings.
When you study in our program, you can be confident in your education, knowing that our students continue to earn top scores on seminary entrance exams in Greek, Hebrew, and biblical knowledge. Your professors will use a balanced, wholistic approach in their classes, preparing you for ministry, seminary, and chaplaincy. Not only will your professors be deeply committed to God, understanding the Bible, and to the Adventist message and movement, they will develop a relationship with you and take a genuine interest in your life, career, and experience at WWU. As a student in our program you will ask difficult questions and participate in critical discussions encouraged by our faculty. You will be in the company of others interested in engaging in the critical issues of our time. Unique to the WWU School of Theology is a major in biblical languages, and while you're completing your degree, you'll have the option to earn a whole year of Hebrew credit in one summer while studying in Jerusalem.
Our faculty has built strong relationships with conferences across the country and our graduates have found high employment rates in ministry.
Our graduates have successfully gained entrance to chaplaincy training programs and subsequently served as chaplains in schools and hospitals.
Many theology graduates are also pursuing successful careers in educational administration as principals and vice principals outside and within the Adventist educational system.
WWU School of Theology graduates are known for abilities in abstract thinking and public persuasion. Several students have gone on to law school, including one serving as a lawyer for the U.S. Navy.
Many students continue their studies after graduation (a recent graduate is studying at Yale University), some to become professors.
Because WWU has strong biblical languages program, graduates are prepared for a career in translation.
Bible lands study tour
Have you ever been curious what the ancient Biblical world was like? This is your chance--a once in a life time chance to follow not only in the footsteps of Jesus, but also Moses, the Apostle Paul, and even John the Revelator! Students travel to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey (ancient Asia Minor) with Dr. Carl Cosaert and Dr. Paul Dybdahl. Imagine visiting Cairo, Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, Jericho, Nazareth, Ephesus, Laodicea, and more!
Pastor mentorship program
Every year 10 students are involved in the pastor mentoring program that places students in local church settings in the Walla Walla Valley and the Tri-Cities, working with active pastors in order to gain practical experience. Students participating in this project (typically during their junior year) work at least seven hours a week, and one of these hours must be direct interaction with the pastor. This practical experience is a requirement for all our theology majors.
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The purpose of Theology Club is to provide social activities that allow its members to associate together, become better acquainted with the School of Theology faculty, and to foster a closer relationship with God. Although the club is composed primarily of Theology and Religion majors, it also includes people of different majors who share a similar interest in spiritual fellowship.
Theology Sabbath School
Theology faculty collaborate to teach one of the most highly attended Sabbath Schools on campus. This class meets weekly on the College Place campus and has supported projects such as missionaries in China and Africa, has helped with Bible translators in Papua New Guinea, donated to deaf outreach in Kenya, and purchased recording equipment in the Philippines. It also contributes to local projects and provides a top-notch potluck. All are invited to fellowship with this group weekly.
The Good Word
This is a weekly discussion of the Sabbath School lesson which is produced by Theology faculty members and broadcasted by several radio stations in the United States and England. The program is available online and includes discussion guides.
Statement of mission
The mission of the Walla Walla University School of Theology is to prepare students for ministry and to foster thoughtful and active engagement in the Christian faith from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective. Religious education at WWU emphasizes Biblical knowledge, worship, and service directed toward religious, social, and moral transformation. All students are encouraged to deepen their faith in God and share the gospel of His love to others while awaiting Christ's return.