Reach the Nations

We aim to revitalize the person and the church for mission around the globe.

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
4145 E. Campus Circle Drive
(269) 471-3537

Explore Degrees in Mission

The Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (PhD) program prepares teacher-scholars in focused theological fields of study, primarily for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in its institutions of higher learning around the world. The area of mission focuses on cross-cultural leadership development for effective church growth, ministry, and evangelistic strategies to tackle contemporary missionary challenges.

The Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS) program, formerly known as the Doctor of Missiology program, equips practitioners, leaders, and trainers who minister in cross-cultural mission and ministry situations through focused study and research in theological and social-science fields of study. The program aims to enhance the level of academic mission studies in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to facilitate more creative and effective mission practice. 

The On-campus Master of Arts (Religion) Specialized is an academic program designed to prepare students for Doctoral degrees, Teaching, and as Seventh-day Adventist Church workers. The Interactive Online Master of Arts (Religion) Interdisciplinary is a program designed to prepare students for Pastoring (non NAD), Teaching and administrative church positions.


“Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary.”

Ellen G. White

Wagner Kuhn

Chair, Department of World Mission
Professor of World Mission

Office Location: Seminary Hall S205
Phone: (269) 471-6973

A Message from the Chair

We stand at the crossroads where theological education, theological thinking, and mission meet. How are these disciplines going to come together to shape our life, our Church, and the world around us? The Department of World Mission aims to allow the Bible to shape both theology and mission, and then to infuse into mission praxis the content of theological reflection. We strive to prepare the next generation to think about critical issues in such a way, where mission and theology are integral to each other in response to the specific issues that arise from the different contexts. As Paul, we will be able to say: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1).

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