School of Christian Studies

Areas of Study

SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES

Our mission is to partner with local churches to equip students for the work of ministry, including biblical, intercultural, and theological education, as well as ministry training through experiential learning. Our goal is to produce graduates who love God and love people, and who are committed to global disciple making!

Our Students

The School of Christian Studies experience is based on a foundational model of integrating Christian worldview with every academic discipline studied. Students are trained to love God with all their hearts through exercising spiritual disciplines. Students are trained to love God with all their strength through experiential learning, including mentor-discipleship, ministry team activities, internships, and intercultural ministry.

 

Go Local

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.  You may choose from a variety of locations, types of service, and lengths of time.  You will partner with various churches and organizations to share the love of Christ in practical ways.

 

Go Global

The School of Christian Studies takes student teams on international trips each year that encompass a wide variety of experiences.  Whether your desire is to work with orphans, church planting, medical teams or evangelistic outreach – you will hone your skills and use your gifts for the glory of God as you share his name globally.

Our Faculty

Each full-time faculty member who teaches in the School of Christian Studies:

  • 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 PhD
  • Has years of experience in pastoral ministry and/or teaching
Our Graduates

Graduates from the School of Christian Studies are being used by God all over the world. Some have gone directly into ministry, whether serving in a Baptist church in Alabama or in an orphanage in East Africa. Many of our students pursue graduate studies. Some train for ministry through our graduate program here in the School of Christian Studies. Our recent MA alumni include pastors, teachers, missionaries, and a university administrator.

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“Knowing our Christian history is vital to the health and well-being of the individual Christian and to the Church as a whole.”

– Dr. Robert Olsen, Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Head, Heart, and Hands

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Doug Wilson

Dr. Douglas K. Wilson (PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Dean for the School of Christian Studies. 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.  

 

Dr. Wilson began his teaching career with the University of Mobile in 1996 as a faculty member on the Latin American Campus in Nicaragua.  Since joining the faculty here in Mobile 2003, he regularly leads 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, theHCSB 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. 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. 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.