MDiv Stories

Dwight Nelson, Senior Pastor

Pioneer Memorial Church, Andrews University - MDiv, 1976

"I can’t imagine my ministry as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor without the Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University. As it turns out, I met Christ and experienced His reconverting power while I was an MDiv student on campus. The biblical faithfulness of the faculty, the intellectual rigor of the studies, the spiritual nurture of the seminary community— I am what I am today because of the MDiv experience. Which is why I urge every budding pastor and preacher to pursue this degree and experience the depth.” Read the full story

Delbert W. Baker, Former Vice President

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists - MDiv, 1978
Currently Vice Chancellor of the Adventist University of Africa
"My AU Seminary experience gave me an excellent ministry platform to successfully move into a variety of service and leadership areas in the church and society. While I greatly value my undergraduate and doctoral experience, the MDiv helped me to specifically hone my ministerial gifts and skills. It is a valued part of my professional development portfolio."

Kessia Reyne Bennett, PhD Candidate

Adventist Pastor, Social Media Professional, Former University Chaplain and Evangelist - MDiv, 2012

“I was richly blessed theologically, spiritually and socially. I know that I left the seminary better prepared for ministry and for eternity. I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to learn, to fellowship and to serve.”



Bill Knott, Editor and Executive Publisher

Adventist Review and Adventist World - MDiv 1983

“Building on the calling and gifting of the Holy Spirit, the experience of a focused, multi-year Master of Divinity course at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is the single best preparation for successful pastoral ministry available.  Those who pursue the MDiv gain the tools for a lifetime of learning and Biblical study, enriching believers around the globe with their insights and their care.  There is simply no quality alternative to the Andrews experience:  it strengthens and deepens both personal faith and professional practice.” 

Randy Roberts, Senior Pastor

Loma Linda University Church - MDiv, 1985
“My Seminary experience at Andrews University was life changing. The faculty was outstanding, the classes were challenging, and the foundation for ministry was solid. I owe Andrews a life-long debt of gratitude.” 

Karl Haffner, Senior Pastor

Kettering Church - MDiv, 1988

“Nothing has impacted my spiritual journey, my career, and my life as much as the Master of Divinity.”  




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