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The Division of Christian Studies exists to prepare students for life-long vocational Christian ministry. Our curriculum is distinctly local-church drive, with each degree track undergirding the ministry of the local church. Given this distinctive, we expect our students to be serving faithfully in the local church while they are at Louisiana College. Students who major in the Division of Christian Studies learn to love and serve the church from faculty who love and serve the church in a context that marries local-church ministry and serious academic study. Thus, in addition to digging deep wells of knowledge in biblical languages, theology, biblical interpretation, proclamation, and Christian education, we help facilitate opportunities for students to serve in local churches, take cross-cultural mission trips, take trips to seminary conferences, and offer fellowships to enrich the educational experience. For our students who wish to pursue seminary, we partner with several of our Southern Baptist seminaries to expedite graduate work.

The instruction and opportunities provided by the Division of Christian Studies fulfills the mission of Louisiana College by training men and women to serve the church and by teaching and modeling the integration of faith and learning to our student body.

The Division of Christian Studies is located on the bottom floor level of Guinn Auditorium and can be reached at 318–487–7254.

The Christian Studies Division offers majors in the following areas:

Biblical Languages:  A study of the original languages to better understand the meaning of God’s Word for pastoral and preaching ministries.

Biblical Studies:  The purpose of this degree is to equip students so they can incorporate the use of biblical languages, historical background, and theological analysis in the interpretation of Scripture.

Christian Studies:  This major is to equip students with a broad-based understanding of the principles of Christian Ministry and the application of them in a local church setting and to prepare them for further study in seminary or graduate school.

Christian Education:  The purpose of this major is to guide students so they can incorporate principles of Christian education into various ministries in the local church and prepare them for graduate studies. This major is especially designed for students preparing for service as ministers of youth, children, education, missions or administration.

Minors are offered in each of these degrees as well. 

The Christian Studies Program at Louisiana College is set apart from others in the state because it offers students small classes for in-depth study and personal leadership.  The faculty members are focused on forming bonds with the students and helping them grow in their relationship with Christ while offering a rigorous academic program concentrating on the study of Christian Scriptures, theology, history, philosophy, ethics, and practical principles of Christian Ministry.

The LC program prepares students for careers in the areas of Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Christian Education, & Administration.

Philip Caples: Dr. Caples serves as the Chair, Division of Christian Studies; Vice-President of Integration of Faith and Learning; and Associate Professor of Christian Studies.   His area of teaching is Preaching and New Testament in the graduate and undergraduate programs at LC.  He received his PH.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has extensive experience in preaching and continues to serve in the Interim Pastor role.  He has numerous publications and presentations. 

Marvin Jones: Dr. Marvin Jones is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies.  He has his Ph.D from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His area of study is Theology and Church History.  He has written a book entitled, "Basil of Caesarea."  It was released Spring 2014 by Christian Focus Publishers (United Kingdom).  His new book, Thomas Helwys: The Beginning of Baptist Ecclesiology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications) is due to be released Fall 2016

The book focuses upon the life, ministry, and theological contributions of Basil.  His epic work, "On the Holy Spirit," resolved the Arian controversy and helped contribute to the Trinitarian theological foundation of orthodox Christianity.

Justin Langford: Dr. Langford’s received his B.A. at LC and his Ph.D. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  His areas of research interest include the General Epistles (especially 1 Peter), Gospel of John, Koine Greek, and hermeneutics. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He regularly attends annual conference meetings and frequently presents scholarly papers. Most recently, he has published a book with Wipf and Stock Publishers on the use of Isaiah in 1 Peter entitled Defending Hope: Semiotics and Intertextuality in 1 Peter (2013).

Tylitha Whatley: Dr. Whatley’s degrees include her B.S. in Economics/Finance, Louisiana College; M.R.E. in Youth Ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Ed.D. in Curriculum, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  Dr. Whatley is married to Pastor Glen Whatley and has served in Christian Ministry for over 30 years including Youth Ministry, and Christian Education.  She has been teaching at Louisiana College in this division since 1997.

Russell Meek: Dr. Meek’s specialization is Old Testament.  He has a Ph.D. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies.  He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature.  He has co-authored a book with James Spencer and Bryan Babcock, Old Testament Theology.  He has also been Co-editor on two books:  Coffee Shop Conversations: Evangelical Perspectives on Current Issues, and Ecclesiastes:  A Participatory Study Guide.  He has numerous published articles and book reviews.

 Alumni: Joshua Sikes, Youth Pastor, Longview Baptist Church, Deville, La.

      Matthew Billingsley, Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria, La.

      Russell Jones, City Hall, Winnfield, La. 

 

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