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“When I think about Pillar College one word comes to mind: opportunity. This school has given me so many opportunities to grow – academically, professionally, emotionally and spiritually. I am thankful for all people who have helped me on this journey…”
 Douglas, B.A. Biblical Studies, Class of 2013

About the Dr. David E. Schroeder School of Biblical Studies

The Board of Trustees of Pillar College, at the recommendation of the Public Affairs Committee, wishes to acknowledge David E. Schroeder, Ed.D., by designating the Department of Biblical Studies as the Dr. David E. Schroeder School of Biblical Studies in perpetuity.  The Board extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. David E. Schroeder for his leadership, scholarship, dedication and distinguished service to Pillar College, most notably the School of Biblical Studies.

The Old Testament admonishes us to love the Lord, our God, with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jesus in the New Testament reminds us to love our neighbor as our selves. Both of these scriptural truths are foundational to the mission of the Biblical Studies Department which is dedicated to building a strong foundation on biblical truth and a solid Christian worldview gaining an understanding of who God is and our unique relation and role in His divine, redemptive plan are central not only to effective ministry, but also to godly living.

The Biblical Studies Department seeks to acquaint students with the tools for Bible study, to foster lifelong habits of study for personal devotion and holiness; to impart biblical study skills and truth for Christian ministry and other vocations, and to prepare students for seminary or graduate school. The emphasis is on an integrated view of God’s Word and the Bible’s role in God’s revealed truth. The more we know of God through His divine and holy Word, the more we are able to love Him and others as we are told to do. A thorough understanding of Scripture and God’s redemptive work is essential for those called to ministry in the Church and for those called to work among the general public in various areas of expertise, from counseling to business leadership to fields in the arts and sciences. The Department is committed to an integrated and comprehensive approach to biblical study so as to provide a solid platform on which to build Kingdom work.

About the Program

Key elements of the Program

The program of study offers courses in Old Testament, New Testament and theology that challenge and engage the student, leading to personal and social transformation. The approach emphasizes careful reading of the texts while learning the broader contexts of culture and language, both in biblical times and today. The overarching concern is to recognize the correlation between individual passages to the whole of biblical revelation throughout history, applying biblical understanding and a Christian worldview to today’s needs, personally and corporately. The emphasis is placed on developing the student’s own abilities to observe specifically, accurately, and thoroughly both the content and the structure of scriptural units (critical reading), to reason inferentially and validly from evidence gathered (critical thinking), and to connect this individual study of Scripture with the larger conversation that encompasses both primary and secondary sources, acknowledging that Scripture is alive and active today and is not simply of historical interest. We testify to God’s transformative power as expressed through His Word and evidenced in our lives.

Key elements of the program include:

  1. Use contextual critical reading skills to define the meaning of a passage;
  2. Understand the linguistic framework for clarifying the meaning of the text;
  3. Understand the scriptural passage as part of God’s story as He speaks into history and culture;
  4. Identify and appropriate biblical and theological material that disclose God’s character attributes and His purpose and divine will for His people;
  5. Apply the task of biblical interpretation to the life of the Christian and the Church in the world;
  6. Incorporate insights from every aspect of the biblical study into the contexts of students’ lives, flowing from a holy devotion to the reading, study, application and celebration of Scripture.
  7. Learn the various genres of biblical writing and where they apply (historical narrative, poetry, prophetic writing, parables, apocalyptic literature, etc.)

Biblical Studies Degree Requirements

Degree requirements, click here [Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies]


Concentration in Church Leadership

This program is an introduction to various aspects of church leadership including church administration, leadership & integrity, preaching, pastoral care, counseling, and family ministry in a local church setting.

Required Courses:

  1. Pastoral Ministry
  2. Nehemiah
  3. Leading Non-Profit Organizations
  4. Principles of Leadership


Concentration in Christian Counseling/Personal Ministry

This program emphasizes the counseling aspects of ministry including counseling methods, Christian peacemaking, multicultural counseling and emotional intelligence.

Required Courses:

  1. Youth and Family Counseling
  2. Counseling Methods
  3. Biblical Basis for Psychology & Counseling
  4. Christian Peacemaking


Concentration in Urban Ministry

A concentration in urban ministry focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of ministry in an urban setting, including racial and ethnic diversity, multicultural ministry, discipleship, and social consciousness.

Required Courses:

  1. Urban Ministry
  2. Nehemiah
  3. The Church In Global Context
  4. Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Chair of Biblical Studies

Rev. Dr. Peter Amerman, B.A. Roanoke College, M.Div. Lutheran Theological Seminary, D.Min. Alliance Theological Seminary

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