Dr. Mark McClellan
Dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry
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Christian Studies is part of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry.
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What makes an OBU Christian Studies degree special?
This unique adult education degree is made available through the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Studies of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry. The courses for this degree are taught off-campus at multiple Oklahoma locations, across the state, as well as in additional states. These teaching centers offer primarily intense evening and Saturday classes that allow working adults to complete these degrees while continuing their full-time jobs, and part-time or full-time ministries. Many of the courses are taught online. The professors also have experience in Christian ministry. There are no minimum class hour requirements each semester, so students can complete their degree at their own pace at an affordable price. Class sizes facilitate excellent discussion, practical application, and building friendships with fellow students. This program prepares students for a wide variety of Christian Ministries that include Pastoral Ministry, Discipleship, Educational, Outreach, Church Planting, Missions and others.
What courses can I take?
Students study the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, an overview of different books of the Bible, how to accurately interpret the Bible and how to preach and teach the Bible and its truth. There are courses on how to lead the Church in its contemporary context, and how to address moral issues by examining Christian ethics, among other important courses.
What do OBU Christian Studies faculty specialize in?
OBU College of Theology and Ministry Faculty regularly write the Sunday School Study materials for Lifeway Christian Books and Resources, as well as January Bible Study materials. They write in areas such as the Book of Revelation, human suffering, Baptist History and Old Testament themes. In the area of missions, faculty have specialized in the area of Chronological Bible Story Telling to communicate the Gospel to oral cultures.
Dr. Mark McClellan, dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry has experience as a career international missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as a church planter with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in planting Hispanic churches in the U.S. He has also presented conferences to Hispanic leaders on urban ministry.