Explore your faith and your calling

One important objective of the department is to help our students to enter seminary training and/or explore their calling to Christian ministry and service. If that sounds like you, you can join the pre-seminary group.

You will join with other Religion majors and minors, or minors in Religion or Christian Ministry. Every member is paired with one of the religion professors who will serve as a pre-seminary mentor.

Religion Department - Ministry - Seminary

In the Pre-Seminary group you will benefit from the close relationship between the Ashland University’s Religion Department, The Office of Christian Ministry, and Theological Seminary.

Ministry while a Student

We encourage everyone in the pre-seminary group to be active in campus ministries through the Office of Christian Ministry and/or your home congregation. You can even do an internship for course credit.


In your junior year, you will be encouraged to take advantage of the close relationship between the department and Ashland Theological Seminary. You can apply to take seminary classes (subject to approval by ATS based on academic readiness) to fulfill general elective requirements of your BA. Our students often choose to study Biblical Greek or Hebrew to give them a headstart on seminary.

For additional information, contact Dr. Peter Slade (419-289-5237; pslade@ashland.edu).