Academics

Welcome to the Department of Religion at Ouachita Hills College!

We seek to equip students with a solid functional understanding of both Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy counsels and to promote understanding of relevant supporting and contrasting information. Students will develop a clear understanding of God’s end-time church and its mission.

The Religion Department offers a four-year training program for both theology and biblical studies majors, with each student experiencing a 12-week ministerial practicum during their last year before graduation. The program offers classes that give our students a good foundation for varied ministry opportunities. It helps the student understand current issues facing our church & mission and gain practical experience in various types of personal and public ministry.

We also offer a two-year personal evangelism training program especially focusing on Bible work and literature evangelism. We are seeking to make our classes practical, substantive, and thorough.

Our Theology, Biblical Studies and Personal Evangelism graduates have done much with their training. Here in North America our graduates are serving as pastors, evangelists and canvassing leaders. Other graduates have gone to foreign mission fields and are using the skills they learned here at OHC to enlarge the kingdom of heaven around the world. Still others are active leaders in their local Adventist churches doing their part to hasten the second coming of Jesus.

If you want to grow spiritually, learn diligently and prepare earnestly, we would love to have you come join us as we learn of Jesus and His methods to teach and reach our world for Him!

Sincerely,

Pastor Kevin Powell
Department Chairman

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Bachelor of Arts, Theology

General Education Requirements

Religion (22 hrs)
Social Sciences (12 hrs)
English and Communication (13 hrs)
Science and Math (11 hrs)
Humanities (11 hrs)
Practical and Applied Arts (7 hrs)
Total: 79 hrs

Degree Requirements

New Testament Greek (8 hrs)
Biblical Hebrew (6 hrs)
Intro to Old Testament or Hebrew Prophets (3 hrs)
Public Evangelism (3 hrs)
Bible Study and Hermeneutics (3 hrs)
Into to New Testament (3 hrs)
Acts and Epistles or Pauline Theology (3 hrs)
Daniel and Revelation (6 hrs)
Church Leadership and Management (3 hrs)
Biblical Theology and the Sanctuary (3 hrs)
Pastoral Counseling (3 hrs)
Biblical Preaching (3 hrs)
Pastoral Field Experience (6 hrs)
Total: 53 hrs

Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies

General Education Requirements

Religion (22 hrs)
Social Sciences (12 hrs)
English and Communication (13 hrs)
Sciences and Math (11 hrs)
Humanities (11 hrs)
Practical and Applied Arts (7 hrs)
Total: 79 hrs

Degree Requirements

Intro to Old Testament or Hebrew Prophets (3 hrs) Bible Study and Hermeneutics (3 hrs)
Intro to New Testament (3 hrs)
Daniel (3 hrs)
Revelation (3 hrs) Church Leadership and Management (3 hrs)
Pastoral Counseling (3 hrs)
Pauline Theology or Acts & Epistles (3 hrs)
Pastoral Field Experience (6 hrs)
Students will choose one area of emphasis (23 to 29 hrs) or a double minor (36 to 48 hrs).
Total: 43 to 78 hrs

Associate of Arts, Personal Evangelism

General Education Requirements

Religion (12 hrs)
Social Sciences (12 hrs)
English and Communication (7 hrs)
Science (6 hrs)
Education (3 hrs)
Practical and Applied Arts (4 hrs)
Total: 44 hrs

Degree Requirements

Colporteur Ministry (3 hrs)
Biblical Preaching (3 hrs)
Philosophy of Canvassing Ministries (3 hrs)
Christian Sales (3 hrs)
Bible Study and Hermeneutics (3 hrs)
Daniel (3 hrs)
Church Leadership and Mission (3 hrs)
Personal Evangelism (6 hrs)
Total: 27 hrs

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Kevin Powell, M. Div.
Department Chair

Jeff Arthur, M. Div.
Instructor

Karl Tsatalbasidis, M. Div., Ph.D. (in progress)
Instructor

Scott Burgess, M. Div
Instructor

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The Religion Department of Ouachita Hills College exists to assist every student in developing a well-rounded, functional, and personal relationship with the Creator God as revealed in Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy, and to equip them to take up their individually specific roles in the mission of His church to the world.

In pursuit of these overall objectives, the department seeks to achieve each of the following four core goals.

Spiritual Growth
Lead each student to a more personal, dynamic, and saving relationship with the Creator God of Heaven, and to a personal commitment to participate in His mission.

Academic Knowledge
Equip each student with a solid functional understanding of both Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy counsels provided by God through Ellen G. White, while at the same time equipping them with the understanding of other current, relevant, supporting, and contrasting information which serves to provide a further and deeper understanding of these counsels.

Contextual Knowledge
Provide each student with a clear and complete working understanding of Christ’s church, its mission in history, as well as its current condition and mission today. Also to provide each student with an understanding of how he or she, as an individual, can fit into the role and mission of His church.

Functional Preparedness
Prepare students for their unique contribution to the world-wide mission of the church by assisting them in assessing and developing their personal aptitudes, skills, and abilities through the use of traditional style didactic learning methods, as well as the provision of numerous opportunities to practice and develop these skills.

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