Stillman College Certificate in Theology Program

Description of Program

The Stillman College Certificate in Theology Program (SCCTP) is designed to provide a top-rate, continuing education program for veterans in pastoral ministry, licensed ministers working within the local church, and laypersons who are serious about Christian theological education and who desire to provide more impactful service to the church and the world.

The program is a 5–12-month program, where student-learners will complete eight (8) courses to earn a certificate. The courses are offered in sessions with each session having a duration of six (6) weeks. A total of three courses are offered every session. Two courses are offered on the campus of Stillman College on two, separate nights a week, and one class online. The on-campus classes are on Monday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Program Objective

The program is designed to:

  1. Enable learners to enter church ministry
  2. Improve performance in church ministry
  3. Serve as continuing education avenue for church workers.

Learning Outcomes:

Those who complete the program will demonstrate:

  1. Basic understanding of biblical exegesis and hermeneutics
  2. Theological Reasoning and application of their theology as Christian educators
  3. Awareness of personal and professional identity in a ministerial capacity.

Courses Offered

List of required and cognate courses

To complete the program, students are required to take eight (8) of the following ten (10) courses. Course description for this courses are found in the Stillman College Catalogue for 2016-2019.

  1. REL 131 – Introduction to the Old Testament
  2. REL 132 – Introduction to the New Testament
  3. REL/THL 230 – Introductory Theologies
  4. REL 235 – World Religions
  5. REL 239 – Ethics
  6. REL 236 – Major Black Religious Leaders 1755-Present
  7. REL 334 – Life and Writings of Paul
  8. THL 231 – Foundations of Christian Education
  9. THL 331 – Homiletics
  10. THL 439 – Pastoral Care and Spiritual Development


The faculty in the program are members of the Department of Religion and Theology plus the external liaison of the program, Rev. TyShawn Gardner, who is Pastor of Plum Grove Baptist Church and a doctoral student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

David Tonghou Ngong, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Theology, Stillman College

Debra Moody Bass, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion and Theology, Stillman College

Donald Chinula, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion and Theology, Stillman College

Rev. TyShawn Gardner, Doctoral Student, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Pastor, Plum Grove Baptist Church

Application: To apply, go to this link: Special Program Application – Application open December 10- January 1 , 2018 


Dr. David Ngong

Email: [email protected]

Tel. 205-248-3224

Rev. TyShawn Gardner

Email: [email protected]