where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra Advantage

At La Sierra, you can:

  • Get plenty of one-on-one time with your professors and advisors.
  • Study with professors who are involved in serious Biblical and theological scholarship.
  • Receive an education and practical training geared to 21st century ministry.
  • Learn from successful pastors in the field.
  • Find expression for your passion to serve the church and the world.

Why Study For Ministry At La Sierra University?

The School of Religion at La Sierra aims to equip stu- dents in their search for truth and to foster knowledge of God, self, and the world around us. We want to encourage service to the church and to the broader community. The School of Religion offers a religious studies major, several minors, and pre-professional training in ministry. In addition, the School of Religion offers the only Seventh-day Adventist graduate and profes- sional religious education programs in the western United States.

We offer the following:

Professional Program

In the classrooms of La Sierra’s School of Religion, my desire and passion to serve as a pastor became both a clear revelation and a tangible reality. The conversations in the classroom have been some of the most challenging and faith-stirring I have ever encountered. Because of them, I walk confidently in my faith. I’m equipped to make the gospel relevant for children and families. I feel ready to be an integral, hands-on part of the Adventist Church as well as the world church at large.

Beverly Maravilla, B.A. 2011, Pastor For Children And Families La Sierra University Church

What you find in our School of Religion are faculty members who are experts in their fields and who are committed Seventh-day Adventist Christians. As a student, I was challenged to discover fresh ways of understanding and communicating the gospel, and serving the church and the world for Christ. I feel prepared to face the challenges of real-life ministry.

Matthew Burdette, B.A. 2010 & M.A. 2011, Religion Teacher Redlands Adventist Academy

Religion Undergraduate Programs

Religious Studies Bachelor of Arts

Students in this program take classes in Biblical, historical, and theological studies as well as religion and society, philosophy, and ethics. Students will:

  • Build a foundation for pastoral ministry.
  • Become aware of religious experience and expression.
  • Learn about Christian beliefs and heritage.
  • Engage with Scripture.
  • Become informed on the role of religion in society.
  • Be prepared for graduate studies in religion and theology.

This major prepares students who want to become religion teachers or who would like to work in pastoral ministry. It can also provide a good foundation for those going into medicine, dentistry, other health professions, anthropology, journalism, or philosophy

Archaeology Bachelor of Arts

Archaeologists examine, recover, and preserve evidence and artifacts from past human cultures. They connect artifacts with information about historic environments to learn about the experiences, customs, and living habits of people in earlier civilizations. Archaeologists also manage and protect archaeological sites. Some work in national parks or historical sites, where they protect known historical or archaeological sites and educate the public. Others assess building sites to ensure that construction plans comply with federal regulations regarding preservation of these sites. Archaeologists often specialize in a particular geographic area, time period, or subject matter, such as animal remains or underwater sites. Many people with a Ph.D. in archaeology become professors or museum curators.

As the primary sponsor of one of the largest projects in the Middle East, La Sierra University is very active in archaeology in Jordan. A number of La Sierra students participate each dig season. La Sierra also has a large collection of Biblical-era artifacts, including cooking pots, lamps, jewelry, figurines, and other pieces.

Fast Facts Religious Studies Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units68

Fast Facts Archaeology Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units62

Pre-Seminary Professional Program

This program prepares students for professional ministry and meets the entrance requirements for graduate or professional studies in seminary or graduate school. It can also be combined with another major, although the religious studies major is the most popular. With competition strong for limited openings in traditional pastoral ministry, the completion of professional training in ministry on the graduate level is an increasing requirement for successful career placement. With additional education, ministers can specialize in hospital chaplaincy or focus on teaching (with educational credentials), youth ministry, administration, or another specialized ministry.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13, Niv

Meet our Faculty

V. Bailey Gillespie
Randal R. Wisbey
DMIN, University President
Kent Bramlett, Ph.D.
John Brunt
Fritz Guy
Kendra Haloviak Valentine
Maury D. Jackson
Wonil Kim
Charles Teel, Jr.
Warren C. Trenchard
John W. Webster,

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Contact and Location


La Sierra Hall, Room 205