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Graduate School of Theology

Graduate Theology


LCU’s Graduate School of Theology offers an accessible, affordable degree for graduate students to pursue rigorous ministry and academic preparation for their kingdom callings. Our faculty’s superb academic training, coupled with extensive ministry experience, ensures students receive a high-quality, practical, ministry education. All our graduates are better equipped to serve in current positions or well-prepared to enter new ministries. Some even pursue additional graduate or doctoral study.

We gladly welcome applicants from any Christian tradition. We have a special desire to equip and encourage those from churches of Christ and other Restoration Movement congregations.

God is at work within every human heart, in every village and great city, and on every continent. And we are invited to participate in what God is doing. Perhaps an LCU Graduate School Theology master of arts in Christian Ministry degree will enrich your calling.

If you want to learn more, please give us a call. We welcome the chance to get to know you.

We invite you to partner with us — joining in God’s work, together.


Brandon L. Fredenburg, PhD
Chair of Academic Affairs and Professor of Biblical Studies
The Graduate School of Theology

Programs of Study

Christian Ministry

Designed for students who come to our graduate programs without an undergraduate degree in a related discipline (or 18 undergraduate semester hours in biblical studies), the M.A. degree in Christian Ministry gives students a good foundation in biblical studies and preparation for success in ministry.

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Online Format

The 36-credit hour Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is a suitable next step for those with a bachelor's degree in any field who want academic and practical training for ministry in various settings. Whether you are in a ministry position full time, part time, volunteer, or preparing, this program can help provide confidence for your service. All courses are offered online to accommodate your daily schedule.


The Graduate School of Theology, as a community for theological reflection and spiritual formation, prepares men and women for service to the Triune God and leadership in various forms of Christian ministry around the world. As we pursue these purposes, we commit to diversity among the faculty, staff, and student body; to equip students for ministry in the global context; and to adhere to rigorous academic standards as we collectively engage Christian scripture and the Christian heritage in awareness of our Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement history.


Lubbock Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Phone 404-679-4501) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.

All Graduate School of Theology degree programs hold the university’s accreditation.


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Dr. Jeff Cary is a 1995 graduate of LCU. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Baylor University. Jeff returned to LCU in 2006 to teach in the Bible Department. His primary areas of teaching are Christian history and theology. Jeff, his wife Amy, and their three children worship with the Idalou Church of Christ where Jeff serves as the preaching minister and as an elder. 

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Brandon L. Fredenburg is a professor of Biblical Studies and assistant dean for the Alfred and Patricia Smith College of Biblical Studies  His current primary responsibility is to lead the Bible department faculty toward accreditation of three graduate programs by the Association of Theological Schools. Realizing a decades-long dream, Brandon will complete a two-year Certification in Spiritual Direction program through SMU's Perkins School of Theology in December 2015. He and his family are active members at Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock and he serves as secretary for the Carpenter's Church board of directors. 

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Jesse C. Long, Jr., holds degrees from David Lipscomb University (B.A.), Alabama Christian School of Religion (M.A.), Georgia State University (M.Ed.), and Drew University (M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D.). Jesse enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in Old Testament and biblical archaeology at LCU and in area churches. His research interests are in Hebrew narrative and archaeology. Jesse authored the College Press NIV Commentary on 1

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Michael Martin is an associate professor of New Testament.  He enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on various books of the New Testament and on Christian history and theology.  His published work has focused on the Gospels according to Mark and John, Paul, and Hebrews, and has included text-critical, literary-critical, rhetorical-critical, philological, and historical studies.  His current interest is in the rhetorical design and artistry of early Christian hymns, prayers, stories, sermons, and poems.  Dr. Martin and his son, J.H., enjoy playing games, watching sports and movies, swimming, and music.

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Mark hails from Mt. Juliet, TN, and is married to the Mississippian Arlene, who substitutes for the Frenship School System. We have six children (David, Kelly, Zach, Laruen, Brian, and Luke). 3 of these currently attend LCU (Kelly, Zach, and Luke). We have 3 grandchildren: Jase, Rebel, and Atley. We currently are attending the Broadway Church of Christ. Mark loves movies, jogging, and lifting weights. His area of specialty is the Old Testament, particularly, its culture, and the wisdom literature. He loves helping students to research and write better. Mark has authored four books with prestigious presses and numerous articles in top ranked journals. He is the Chair of the Hebrew Bible section for the Southwest Conference on Religious Studies, which meets every March in Irving, TX. He has been invited to speak next year at the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on the book of Job.

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Charles is Professor of New Testament. He serves as Chair of the Biblical Studies Department and Graduate Biblical Studies. Currently, Charles teaches Preaching and New Testament text classes on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Every fall he teaches all the incoming Biblical Studies majors in the Freshman Class as they study Introduction to the Old Testament. In addition to these responsibilities, he is the Adult Education Minister for the South Plains Church of Christ where he also serves as an elder.

Charles attended Abilene Christian University where he graduated with his B.S.Ed. in 1964. 

While preaching in Louisiana he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received the M.Th. (1972) and the Th.D. (1978). He came to LCU in the fall of 1975 and is in his 41st year of service.  Charles preached for four churches before arriving in Lubbock where he has now preached for three churches. He has served as an elder in two churches. Also, he has presented studies of church leadership in several congregations.

Charles and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 53 years. They have two married children, Chuck (ACU '86) and Carrie (LCU '88), who have given them 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Shannon joined the faculty at LCU in 2016 after fifteen years in church ministry, specializing in children and family ministry. Shannon has a Masters of Science from ACU as well as additional coursework on the graduate and doctoral level from LCU and Concordia in both theology and early childhood education. Shannon is currently in the last year of the D. Min. program at ACU. Her research interests include: training and equipping children's ministers, working alongside church leaderships to develop a cohesive vision for the ministry and practice of children and family ministry, and contemplative practices with children. Shannon is an associate with Hope Network Ministries, an organization dedicated to mentoring leaders and guiding churches. Shannon, her husband, David, and children River and Reese are actively involved at Tahoka Church of Christ.

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Mark joined LCU\'s faculty in 2013. From 2009-2013, while completing a dissertation for a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southern Methodist University, he worked as an adjunct instructor in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his B.A. in Biblical Studies in 2002 and his M.Div. in 2005 from Abilene Christian University.

Research and teaching interests include systematic theology, analytic theology, philosophical theology, historical theology, divine providence, the metaphysics of free will, the theology of Luis de Molina, the theology of Augustine, the theology of Thomas Aquinas.

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Dr. Barry Stephens received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Freed-Hardeman University, and holds the M.Div. from Harding School of Theology, where he also earned his Doctor of Ministry degree. He also holds the Graduate Certification in Conflict Management from the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. Barry has served as the Senior Minister for the Monterey Church of Christ in Lubbock since 2000, and as an Adjunct Professor of Preaching and Ministry in LCU\'s College of Biblical Studies since 2000. He previously preached for churches in Louisiana and Kentucky. He has spoken on leadership on numerous seminar, retreat, and lecture programs in several states, and in Kenya, Germany, England, Mexico, and Venezuela; and has served as a consultant for several churches. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 41 years, and have three grown children, and four grandchildren.

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