Patty Pell, PhD
Assistant Professor of Theology, Justice, and Advocacy and Executive Director of The Gospel Initiative
Master of Arts in Theology, Justice, and Social Advocacy
The mission of God is a holistic work of redemption that includes meeting people in their suffering, proclaiming the kingdom of God, and working to address the brokenness in communities, systems, and institutions. The Master of Arts in Theology, Justice, and Social Advocacy will prepare students to participate in this holistic mission by equipping them with:
- the biblical and theological foundations of justice
- practice in transformative cultural analysis
- competencies in Christian advocacy and community development
- skills in non-profit leadership.
Students will evaluate and engage current and emerging social issues with integrity through biblical studies, theological reflection, ethics, organizational leadership, and practical experience while developing authentic relationships with practitioners and leaders across various disciplines and occupations.
How Can I Use This Degree?
- Employ your skills in advocacy, community development, biblical study, and leadership to contribute to the improvement of neighborhoods, communities, systems, and structures.
- Apply your knowledge and skills in non-profit work to promote redemptive change and help alleviate social concerns locally or internationally.
- Minister in the local church as a community outreach pastor or community development leader.
- Work in Christian community organizing and empower churches, neighborhoods, and organizations to work for justice and the flourishing of all people.
- Develop your own ministry or non-profit that is committed to holistic redemption.
- Research, evaluate and engage social issues through biblical study, Christian ethics, organizational leadership and practical experience.
Where is the Master of Arts in Theology, Justice, and Social Advocacy offered?
How many credit hours is the Master of Arts in Theology, Justice, and Social Advocacy?
39 credit hours
How long does it take to complete this degree?
2 years (full-time study)
What Courses Will I Take?
See each course you will take in this program by reviewing our degree worksheet and academic catalog:
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5
- Completion of the application for admission and all required application documents
Patty Pell received her BA from the University of Wyoming and her MA in Old Testament Biblical Studies from Denver Seminary. Her passion for justice and reconciliation has led her to spend several summers directing student groups in urban Denver and India and Kenya, as well as to teach courses in Old Testament at Bishop Balya College in Fort Portal, Uganda. She also volunteers with English language learners in the public schools, with refugee service providers and in immigration reform. She has published several books and study guides with InterVarsity Press.