George Fox Christian ministries majors study at a top Christian college.

Sensing a call to serve God and others in full-time Christian service? George Fox University’s bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries enables graduates to succeed in ministry, whether in formal church settings; youth ministry; missions; education or parachurch organizations; in service-related professions like nursing, counseling or social work; or in the marketplace as a person of faith.

Possible fields of emphasis include theology and vocation, cross-cultural ministry and youth ministry. For more information on the course requirements of the degree and each concentration, see the current academic catalog.

At the center of the program is the conviction that the Christian faith is relevant to all of life. Our professors draw from the best of George Fox’s evangelical and Quaker heritage. Their research includes historical social justice issues; theological and historical studies in the Wesleyan tradition; theology in a global context; worship and homiletics; and Christianity and culture.

Choose from three concentrations:

This concentration equips students interested in serving in cross-cultural ministry contexts in the United States and overseas. Within the cross-cultural ministry course sequence, students explore foundational topics such as the biblical theology of mission, the historical development of the global church, issues and trends in contemporary mission, and contextual methods for cross-cultural ministry.

In addition to the core courses, students engage in practical cross-cultural ministry experiences through the semester abroad program and via internships in local churches, nonprofit organizations, or parachurch organizations. Graduates of the cross-cultural ministry emphasis enter into professional fields such as international relief and development, medical missions, urban ministry, international missions work, Bible translation, pastoral ministry, and teaching English as a second language (TESOL).

The theology and vocation concentration forms students into reflective practitioners, able to think deeply about the theological and practical implications of their vocational calling. Over the course of four consecutive semesters, students participate in a cohort learning community of 12 to 18 students, called theological praxis, that invites them to explore their personality, spiritual formation, theological commitments, their relationship to God, the church and the world, and real-life application of these areas to contemporary critical issues.

This unique kind of immersive learning community creates rich relationships that allow for deep exploration of intellectual and experience hands-on, embodied practical ministry together. Cohorts are open to Christian ministries majors, minors or those majoring in other disciplines who wish to explore applied theology in their vocational context. New cohorts begin in the fall.

In the Youth Ministry concentration, students are prepared for ministry with adolescents in either church or parachurch settings. Its four-course sequence gives students tools for ministry that include theological and philosophical foundations for ministry; tangible and practical skills for leading small and large groups; theologically reflective skills for engaging with adolescents and pop culture; and fundamental tools for counseling.

With the conviction that practical field experience in ministry is the best way to develop ministry skills, cultivate a sense of calling and enhance future employment opportunities, the youth ministry concentration places a high priority on field ministry in church, parachurch and youth social service settings. Finally, throughout the concentration, an emphasis is placed upon spiritual formation, and the development of personal theological faith commitments.


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Jobs and Graduate School

Biology majors at George Fox study at one of the top Christian universities on the West Coast.

There are many job opportunities available for individuals majoring in biology, as this field of study can lead to a wide range of career choices. Specifically, there have been recent increases in the fields of medical science and food and agricultural sciences. Additionally, there is always a need for medical personnel and science teachers.

  • Researcher, Druker Lab at OHSU
  • Physical Therapist, St. Anthony’s Hospital
  • Pediatrician, Vancouver Clinic
  • High School Biology Teacher, Hillsboro High School
  • Tribology Analyst, Portland Tribology Lab
  • Nurse, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Chiropractor, Back Pain & Accident Chiropractic
  • Remote Sensing Analyst, Watershed Sciences Inc.
  • Biology Professor, Warner Pacific College
  • Hematology/Oncology Researcher, Dartmouth University Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Associate Director of Histocompatibility, OHSU
  • Chairman of Anesthesiology, East Jefferson General Hospital
  • Harvard University
  • Duke University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
  • University of Miami, Ohio
  • Pacific University, School of Optometry
  • University of Southern California, School of Medicine
  • University of Washington, School of Medicine
  • Creighton University, School of Nursing
  • Oregon State University, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Graduate School
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Dentistry
  • University of California San Diego
  • Cancer research, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Stem cell research, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Medical mission work, South America
  • Samaritan’s Purse, Sudan
  • World Vision, Albania
  • Quiet Waters Outreach
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eugene, Ore.

Student Experiences

Frances Bunday ('13)

"I spent two years doing ministry with the safety net and coaching of my professors. I experienced some majorly challenging moments in ministry that continued even after I graduated, and to know I still had professors I could call on to meet and to problem solve was huge for me. They helped me understand how God had been working over the course of my life to show me what his calling on my life would be, and they gave me the tools I needed to do the work God has for me."

- Frances Bunday ('13)

Mat Hollen ('09)

"I was taught to think critically and faithfully about the message of Jesus and how it impacts our lives, and I saw that truth lived out daily in my relationship with my professors. George Fox has left a lasting legacy on my spiritual life and my desire to do excellent biblical and cultural exegesis in order to demonstrate just how compelling Jesus is. But more than anything else, God has taught me to trust and to follow and to take care of myself in order to better care for others. I learned the skills of self-care in my time at Fox. I am confident that I am a healthier, better-adjusted follower of Jesus because of the foundations I received in my time there."

- Mat Hollen ('09)

Points of Distinction

  • Faculty members have real-life ministry experience.
  • Our programs prepare students for a life of service, not only “professional” ministry positions.
  • Programs include perspectives on social justice issues, peace and reconciliation.
  • Students are prepared for graduate and post-graduate studies.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

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