School of Christian Ministries

Areas of Study

Go Local

As a part of the School of Christian Ministries, Hands-On Ministry Teams allow you to experience different kinds of ministry while working along-side your fellow classmates. You’ll spend three hours each week learning how to connect with people, developing your gifts, and serving in a local ministry.

Go National

Each year, the University of Mobile sends several missions teams across the country to serve our neighbors.  There are a variety of locations, types of service, and lengths of time that fit any schedule.  You will work with various churches and organizations across the nation to make an influence and share the love of Christ.

Go Global

The School of Christian Ministries has several international trips each year that encompass a wide variety of experiences.  Whether your desire is to work with orphans, human trafficking victims, church planting, medical or physical labor based trips– you will hone your skills and use your gifts for the glory of God as you share his name globally.


Our mission is to help students prepare for God’s call to ministry through the most effective, biblically based undergraduate theological education and hands-on ministry training program. Our goal is to produce some of the most influential Christian leaders in the world today!


 The School of Christian Ministries experience is based on a four-year highly intentional process of training that prepares individuals for real-life ministry. This process includes three major areas of ministry preparation which we call the H3 Model, a revolutionary approach to ministry training based on the Gospels. The H3 Model provides a rigorous academic curriculum that trains your head, a supportive spiritual environment to encourage your heart, and a variety of groundbreaking opportunities to serve with your hands. 


Every full-time faculty member who teaches in the School of Christian Ministries…

  • Is an active member of a cooperating Southern Baptist church
  • Is a graduate from a Southern Baptist-affiliated seminary
  • Affirms the Baptist Faith & Message (2000)
  • Affirms the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978)
  • Holds an earned doctorate
  • Has years of experience in ministry and/or teaching

Head, The Heart, and The Hands

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Joe Savage

Dr. Joe Savage serves as the director of the University of Mobile Center for Leadership, Executive Dean of the School of Christian Ministries, and director for the Emmanuel House in Chisinau, Moldova.


As president and founder of Winners Influence and Joe Savage Leadership, Joe was a forerunner in training and inspiring more than 200 coaches and executives in the National Football League (NFL) to maximize their influence in the community. His weekly inspirational emails became the most requested devotion in all professional sports.


He has personally spoken audiences in fifteen nations. He audiences have ranged from inner-city youth to corporate events for Aflac, NASA, Diebold Corporation, Alive Festival, and others.


Joe has led numerous large-scale outreach events, meeting the physical and spiritual needs of thousands of impoverished people around the world through the provision of medicine, clothing, food, and spiritual counsel. His most recent outreach event provided tens of thousands of dollars worth of school supplies to the poorest schools in Mobile County. Joe’s service has made an impact worldwide among the impoverished and wealthy alike.   


Joe is the author of two books, including his newly released book entitled, “We Forgot: The 7 Unlearned Lessons of 9/11.” He and his wife Pamela reside in Daphne.

Dr. Doug Wilson

Dr. Douglas K. Wilson (PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Dean for the School of Christian Ministries. He regularly teaches courses in biblical studies, intercultural studies, and Biblical Hebrew.  His PhD is in Old Testament languages and literature, focusing on Semitic culture, with extensive experience in comparative languages and comparative religions.  


Almost twenty years ago, Dr. Wilson began his teaching career with the University of Mobile as a faculty member on the Latin American Campus in Nicaragua.  Since joining the faculty here in Mobile, he has led fifteen student mission teams and international service projects around the world.


Dr. Wilson developed the curriculum for the Intercultural Studies major in 2010, and more than 20 students have graduated from the program, serving our King and the peoples of the world with both academic training and cultural field experience.  He recently developed the curriculum for our new online major, Marketplace Ministry, which launched in January 2015 for our Adult & Professional Studies program. 


Dr. Wilson has been married for more than 30 years, and they have six children.  He has contributed articles to the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, the Great Commission Research Journal, the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, the Lexham Bible Dictionary project, the HCSB Exhaustive Bible Concordance, and more than one hundred articles to The Alabama Baptist.  He has also been listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Dr. Jay Robertson

Dr. Robertson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 1986 he resigned his teaching job and entered Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis to pursue a Master of Divinity degree.  He graduated in December 1989 and served as pastor of North Graham Baptist Church for five years.  In June 1995 he and his wife Pam moved to Memphis.  Pastor Jay reentered Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Ph.D. in theology and served as pastor of Hartland Baptist Church for seven years.  They moved to Mobile in January 2003 and Dr. Robertson began teaching at the University of Mobile. In June 2008 the Lord also opened the door for him to begin serving Crawford Baptist Church as pastor for preaching and vision. Dr. Robertson has a burden to see Christ glorified in his church by teaching Christ-followers to become disciple-makers.  He desires to spread a passion for the glory of God by making disciples of all nations and he longs for his students to join him in fulfilling the Great Commission. He and Pam were blessed to adopt their son, Daniel Paul, in July 2009 and their daughter, Mary Grace, in March 2010.  His hobbies include reading, exercising, meeting people, spending time with his family, traveling, and discipling others.

Dr. Robert Olsen

Dr. Robert Olsen, (B.S. Biology and Science Education, North Carolina State) has served as Theology faculty since 2008. Over his professional career, he has taught biology, life science, Latin, and elementary and middle school. In 2006, he completed his PhD in Early Church History from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Olsen was married in 1995 and has 4 children. The Olsen family had the unique privilege of living and serving at a Guatemalan orphanage from 2006-2008. His wife, Sarah, also a teacher, taught with Dr. Olsen at the orphanage school. His passion is to educate the next generation of Christians in Early Church History.

Dr. Miguel Echevarria

Dr. Miguel Echevarria, a Cuban-American, grew up in Miami, FL. He has received a B.A. from Bellarmine University; ThM, Dallas Theological and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Prior to joining University of Mobile’s Theology faculty, he served as Instructor of New Testament Interpretation at SBTS and in administration in the doctoral studies program at Southern Seminary.


He has spoken at several conferences and groups including the regional and national conferences of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has also reviewed books for Credo Magazine and Books at a Glance.


“The Inheritance of the Cosmic Kingdom in Galatians 3:15–4:7,” Birmingham, AL (March 21, 2014); “The Inheritance of the Cosmic Kingdom in the Psalms and Isaiah,” San Diego, CA (Nov 12, 2014); “‘We Were Horses’ and Other Errors in the Biblical Manuscripts,” Mobile, AL (May 18, 2015); “Genesis 2:24: The ‘First Gospel,’” Atlanta, GA (November 2015)


Dr. Echevarria specializes in teaching New Testament and Greek courses at UM. Out of the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife Hollie and his two daughters.