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Theology Degree

SNU’s Theology degree is primary to the purpose and mission of SNU. This degree prepares you for life-long ministry. Giving you both practical and theological tools to support your career. At SNU we provide you with ministry practice within the classical theological conversation of the historic people of God.

With eight faculty members, you can Theology at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Tulsa and ONLINEcount on decades of experience in a variety of ministry assignments. Senior pastors. Pastoral staff . Urban ministry directors. Missionaries. Theological educators. In addition to vast experience, our professors in the School of Theology and Ministry have doctoral degrees and are engaged in research and writing projects as well as ongoing ministry involvement. As a student you can become involved with a number of ministry internships within local Nazarene congregations while taking classes. Suburban. Urban. Large Church. Small Church.

Careers in Theology

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The Program

  • Prepares students for life-long ministry
  • Provides practical and theological tools to support their career
  • Integrates ministry practice through a number of internships within local congregations
  • Allows students to graduate and be certified for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene

The Professors

  • Hold a wide range of ministry experiences including senior pastors, pastoral staff, urban ministry directors, missionaries and theological educators
  • Have doctoral degrees
  • Engaged in research and writing projects as well as ongoing ministry involvement

The Preparation

  • Students can expect to graduate and begin their ministry in a number of capacities immediately
  • Our graduates serve as senior pastors, youth pastors, teachers at private universities, even workers within various denominations

Several degree programs are available for a major in Theology & Ministry according to the student's vocational plans. Programs leading to either an A.B. or B.S. degree are provided.

The B.S. in Theology and Ministry is designed for students who choose this option over the A.B. Theology and Ministry Concentration. Since this program does not include a requirement in foreign language, approval must be obtained from the Chair of the School by the end of the student's sophomore year.


Melodi McWilliams 
Phone: 405-491-6368 

David Busic

David Busic Pastoral Ministry Alumni Southern Nazarene University

Currently: Elected as the 40th General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the General Assembly in 2013.

 About Dr. Busic:

David Busic (born 1964) is an ordained minister and 40th general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, the denomination's highest elected office. He was elected on June 25, 2013, at the 28th General Assembly and Conventions in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Prior to his election as general superintendent, Busic served as the president of the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.  He has also served as the senior pastor of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene (Bethany, OK), Central Church of the Nazarene (Lenexa, KS), and Vineyard Community Church of the Nazarene (Livermore, CA). He served on staff at the Church of the Nazarene in Shawnee, Kansas.

He has served as a member of the Church of the Nazarene's General Board, as well as serving as the president of the USA National Board. He served as a member of the Board of General Superintendents' Thought Partners, a think tank for critical issues facing the Church of the Nazarene,  from 2005-2013, as a member of the Southern Nazarene University Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Northwest Oklahoma District Advisory Board.

In 2007, while serving as senior pastor of Bethany First Church, Busic played a key role in establishing the Swaziland Partnership, which seeks to help reduce the HIV/AIDS rate and assist vulnerable children in Swaziland, Africa.

Busic graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. In May 2010, Southern Nazarene University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. He is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Theology and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Busic is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles. From 2000 to 2007, he served as co-editor of Preacher's Magazine: A Preaching Resource in the Wesleyan Tradition.  His other books include A Pastor's Guide to Effective Preaching, Sharing My Faith, Perfectly Imperfect: Character Sketches from the Old Testament, and Perfectly Imperfect: Character Sketches from the New Testament (forthcoming in 2014).

In His Words: “SNU helped to shape my view of servant ministry by the examples of the men and women who gave their lives to that institution. My professors not only helped establish a solid foundation of biblical and theological knowledge, more importantly they helped nurture a love for God and the Scriptures that has never left me.”

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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