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Pathway to Ministry

The Pathway to Ministry program is designed for those who are currently engaged in ministry and need to complete their degree.  


Experienced ministry mentors will personally guide you through a range of options that can help you transfer up to 75% of the credits required for your degree. 


Request a free transfer-of-credit evaluation today!.



Start courses at any time

Study on a schedule that fits your life.

Set aside 1 hour per day

- - or - -

One Day a week.


Learn from respected faculty with advanced degrees and experience

in their fields of study.

Get the support you need for success.


Complete your course

in as little as 30-days

or up to 90-days.







Northwind offers a new style of online learning: Guided Education

When thinking about a seminary course, the common image is a professor in the front of a room, lecturing, and asking or answering questions. Sometimes facilitating peer learning in small discussion groups. This allows students to learn in a very direct way, but it is not the only way to teach. Northwind Theological Seminary courses are designed for the individual student who is taking a course anywhere (wifi available), anytime (at the student’s pace), on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone). The Pedagogy or teaching philosophy at Northwind is Guided Education. Faculty-Mentors vet resources, organize learning, and guide students in Video-Lecture Courses, Tutorial Courses, & Oxford-Style Courses.

academic centers

Center for

Ecumenical Studies

Rev. Dr. Dan Kroger, Center Director

Core Faculty


Dan  has been an Adjunct Professor of Liturgy at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary and an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Ministry at Drew University.



Master in Contextual Ministry: Ecumenical Studies

Doctor in Contextual Ministry: Ecumenical Studies

Center for

Local Church Ministry

Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran, Center Director
Core Faculty and Professor of Pastoral Ministry


He is the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. Steve directs the ABCUSA Ordination Track for second-career and bi-vocational clergy at both Northwind Institute and Northwind Seminary. 


Master in Pastoral Ministry

Doctor in Pastoral Ministry

Center for New Testament

and Hermeneutics

Thomas E. Phillips, Ph.D., MLS, M.Div., M.A., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics

Dr. Phillips is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is the author of numerous books and articles.


Doctor in Theology & Ministry:

Contemporary New Testament Study and Interpretation

Center for Innovation in

Global Theology & Ministry

 Rev. Dr. Dennis Cheek, Ph.D, Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Global Theology & Ministry

Dr.Cheek's interdisciplinary leadership, research, and activities have focused on creativity, all levels of formal education, entrepreneurship, innovation, nonprofits, philanthropy, professional development, theology, and science, technology and society.  


Master in Contextual Ministry: Global Theology

Doctor in Contextual Ministry: Global Theology 

Center for Leadership

& Specialized Ministry

Rev. Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Leadership and Ministry

Founding President Northwind Institute | Seminary


Doctor in Contextual Ministry: Wesleyan Studies

Doctor in Specialized Ministry: Faith-Based Education

Doctor in Specialized Ministry: Faith-Based
                                                 Non-Profit Ministry

Center for Theology,

Spirituality, & Ministry

Rev. Dr. Michael J. Christensen, Ph. D., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation
Academic Dean and Program Director for Romantic Theology



Doctor in Theology & Ministry - in Romantic Theology

Doctor in Specialized Ministry: Spiritual Formation

Doctor in Contextual Ministry  : Faith-Based Community 

Center for

Open and Relational Theology

Dr. Thomas J Oord, Ph.D., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Open and Relational Theology
Noted theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies
Best-selling and award-winning author and editor of over 25 books, including: God Can’t.


Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Open & Relational Theology

Center for Archaeology 

and Biblical Studies

Rev. Dr. Carl E. Savage, D.Min, Ph.D., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Archeology and Biblical Studies
Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies.


Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Biblical Studies

Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Biblical Languages

Doctor in Contextual Ministry:  Christian Pilgrimage

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