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Pastor Pathway

Northwind Seminary's ABCUSA Pastor Degree  Completion program is designed for ABCUSA Pastors who have completed a Regional Course of Study

Northwind Seminary's Master's Degree Completion program is designed for working adults engaged in Ministry.

Our students take one course at a time and study at their own pace completing courses in as little as 30 days and a maximum of 120 days.


NTS Master Degree Completion students can bring up to 6 credits of previous coursework and Ministry, business, & military experience. 

Students with less than 6 credits of coursework or experience take courses from Northwind Institute that transfer to Northwind Seminary.

COURSE of STUDY - 30 Credits

3 credits - Ordination or Commission

3 credits - Ministry Experience

NORTHWIND INSTITUTE​6 credits - Pastoral Ministry Seminar
Customized for ABCUSA Pastors



6 credits - Capstone Research Methods

6 credits - Capstone Research Course

6 credits - Capstone Paper Course


Faculty Mentors:

Rev. Robert J. Duncan, Jr. DMin
Professor of Leadership & Specialized Ministry

Member of The Ministers Council ABCUSA

Member of American Baptist National Network of Pastoral Counselors, Spiritual Directors, and Specialized Ministers.


Rev. Leroy Thompson, DMin

Professor of Pastoral Ministry

Ordained by the Central Region, ABCUSA

Dr, Thompson is an experienced Pastor and leader in higher education.

He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University and has served as a Program Coordinator for Drew's Doctor of Ministry Degree.

He served many roles at Bacone College in the areas of Admission, Advancement, and Academics. 

As a valued member of the Bacone Faculty, he was instrumental in several HLC Accreditation visits.

During his tenure at Bacne, Leroy developed a vast network of churches and leaders committed to ABCUSA Ministry.


The Faculty Mentor facilitates scheduled video conversations and participates in the portfolio preparation and examination.


Students journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Capstone Project that addresses a Need or Opportunity in their ministry context.


Students set their own schedule and proceed at their own pace. Each 3-credit course can be completed within 30 to 90 days. Each 6-credit course can be completed in 60-120 days.

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