I began my enrollment in Berean School of the Bible (Now Global University) through the Assemblies of God in 1987. My original intent was to focus on the Youth Ministry program enable me to be a Youth Minister. However, the progress was stalled due to attending college for Electronics Engineering and soon afterwards, joining the Air Force during the Gulf War.

After getting married in 1994, I restarted my ministerial studies in hopes that my wife and I would team up in Youth Ministry. Again to be delayed due to having two sons and working long hours to support my family. Due to the collapse of the technology bubble in 2001, I came to the conclusion that I needed to find a new career path. My focus turned to obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Business Management followed by a Masters in Business/Leadership Studies.

I am at the point in my life where I want to finish the program as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Youth Ministerial program is no longer available and has been replaced with general ministry programs. Since the price of the program has greatly increased, I take the courses as funds are available.

Below is the progress that I have been making over the last 30 years:

Certified Minister

Upon completion of the Level One Ministerial Certificate, a student should possess the academic requirements to apply for Certified Minister status in the U.S. General Council of the Assemblies of God. This would include a working knowledge of Bible study methods, New Testament content, and Pentecostal doctrine. He or she should possess the basic skills needed to begin serving in a ministerial role in the local church.
CourseStatusCompletion Date
Christ in the Synoptic GospelsComplete01/18/88
Introduction to Pentecostal DoctrineComplete06/16/15
Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in BelieversComplete10/26/00
Prison Epistles: Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and PhilemonComplete07/29/94
Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the BibleComplete02/13/15
The Local Church in EvangelismComplete12/08/00
Assemblies of God History, Missions, and Governance Complete08/31/15
Relationships and Ethics in MinistryComplete02/13/15
Beginning Ministerial InternshipComplete02/13/15

Certified Minister Certificate Progress

Licensed Minister

Upon completion of Level Two Ministerial Certificate, a student should possess the academic requirements to apply for Licensed Minister status in the U.S. General Council of the Assemblies of God. This would include a mastery of specified Bible content, systematic theology, and ministry skills.
CourseStatusCompletion Date
Introduction to Theology: A Pentecostal PerspectiveComplete07/29/94
New Testament SurveyComplete08/20/92
Old Testament SurveyComplete01/10/94
Romans: Justification by FaithComplete10/26/00
Introduction to HomileticsComplete06/27/16
Eschatology: A Study of Things to ComeComplete04/18/94
Effective Leadership
Introduction to Assemblies of God MissionsComplete05/22/17
Conflict Management for Church LeadersComplete03/10/17
Intermediate Ministerial Internship

Licensed Minister Certificate Progress

Ordained Minister

Upon completion of Level Three Ministerial Certificate, a student should possess the academic requirements to apply for Ordained Minister status in the U.S. General Council of the Assemblies of God. This would include mastery of several of the more difficult books of the Bible, advanced theological concepts, and administrative skills required for ministerial roles.
CourseStatusCompletion Date
Prayer and Worship
The Corinthian Correspondence
The Pentateuch
The Poetic Books
Preaching in the Contemporary World
Church Administration, Finance, and Law
Pastoral MinistryComplete06/14/94
Advanced Ministerial Internship

Ordained Minister Certificate Progress