Pastoral Ministry

Share God’s Word. Tend God’s flock.

The major in Pastoral Ministry is designed to provide an understanding of the Bible, Christian theology, and the practice of pastoral ministry in today’s world. It provides excellent preparation for students who desire to follow God’s call to pastoral leadership in a variety of possible ministry contexts or to pursue graduate studies in ministry of any kind. Both female and male students following God’s call to pastoral leadership, preaching, missionary service, and teaching are encouraged to pursue this major.

Why study Pastoral Ministry at Malone?

  • Much of your learning will be hands-on experience through a church or parachurch setting:
  • Internships are a vital part of this program.
  • Our professors are published authors and renowned practitioners in their fields. 
  • Many of our professors come from different faith traditions. You'll study and hopefully gain an appreciation for a wide variety of traditions. 
  • You'll have the chance to plan your own events, such as a camp or youth conference. 
  • Each year students preach in community worship and have numerous opportunities for experiential ministry.

What can I do with this degree?

A degree in Pastoral Ministry will prepare you to pursue any number of careers, including those in the following fields:

  • Pastoring a church
  • Working in youth ministry
  • Becoming a missionary, evangelist, or teacher
  • Working for a ministry or non-profit organization
  • Becoming a counselor
  • Working in church administration
  • Pursuing graduate work as a biblical scholar


Malone's theology programs involve internships in the fields that you'll eventually seek employment. Our professors help connect you with local churches and para-church organization throughout the Northeast Ohio region—and you are welcome to select other internships throughout the nation or world! Our students have interned at large and small churches. Just a few include: The ChapelFirst Friends ChurchLoveCantonRivertree Christian Church, and NewPointe Community Church


Course Curriculum

This major includes 30 credit hours from the Bible, Theology, and Ministry core, 6 credit hours from the Foundational Ministries core, and  15 credit hours from the Pastoral Ministry track. Each course for this major is listed in the official Academic Catalog

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Pastoral Ministry minor

Students who are majoring in another program may choose to take a Pastoral Ministry minor in addition to their primary course of study. A minor normally consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours, 6 of which must be taken at the 300/400 level. Each academic school or department must approve the student and curriculum to be used in the completion of each minor for the Office of the Registrar to verify at the point of graduation.

Alumni Profile

Lawrence McElrath

Army Chaplain Pastoral Ministry ’13

After graduating from Malone, Lawrence completed the Army’s Chaplain Officer Basic Leadership Course, and is now continuing his chaplaincy training by serving at an Anglican church in Hudson.