Called to Go.

You don’t have to choose between ministry and a professional career.
In fact, we believe that God can take your vocation and use it for His mission.

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Called to serve.
Equipped to lead.

The Cooper School of Missions and Ministry Studies prepares you to serve both locally and globally, all the while helping you reach your professional goals. The world needs the Gospel, and the world also needs nurses, teachers, business leaders, and an array of other professionals. Students in the Cooper School are encouraged to pair their ministry and missions majors with one of the many professional majors offered at William Carey. A Cooper School student may be called to the mission field and nursing, to church-planting and business management, or to pastoring and the classroom. The Cooper School has room for all your God-given passion and potential, which is why we offer such a highly personalized program for any student who feels called to ministry and a professional career.

Meet the Dean

Dr. Brett Golson

Dr. Brett Golson serves as Vice President for Spiritual Development and Church Relations and Dean of the Owen and Elizabeth Cooper School of Missions and Ministry Studies (Cooper School of Missions and Ministry Studies) at William Carey University. He joined the faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of religion and was named chair of the Department of Christian Ministries in 2014.

The Cooper School of Missions and Ministry Studies operates on the belief that the Bible is the inspired, true, and trustworthy Word of God. While history, tradition, and reason play no small role in Christian education, the Bible holds ultimate authority in Christian education, doctrine, and practice. We hold to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as our confessional statement.

The goal for professors within the Cooper School of Missions and Ministry Studies is to prepare future scholars, missionaries, pastors, youth ministers, children’s ministers, and church planters for 21-century ministry. Our professors are both scholars and practitioners.

All students are encouraged to double major in ministry and a professional field, such as education, pre-professional medicine, English, business, nursing, psychology, or mass communication. Because William Carey University divides the school year into three trimesters, students can choose to complete a graduation path that includes a double major within four years.

Built in the curriculum is a ten-week internship program. Students are paired to serve locally or internationally. This unique opportunity allows students to combine their professional major and ministry major into a customized, real-world experience.


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