Christian Care

Master of Arts in Christian Care (MACC)

Providing Competent Care to God’s People

Why Earn a MA in Christian Care from Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Teaching Leaders to Provide Christ-Like Ministry

Christian ministry involves interacting with people who have a variety of issues and concerns. They need care and they come to you for help. Often, the sincere and compassionate minister is not sufficiently trained to deal with the many personal, relational and spiritual problems that occur in the lives of the adults, youth and children they serve.

Capital Seminary & Graduate School’s Christian care program prepares you to provide care that is based on the ministry of Jesus, scripture and reliable caregiving practices. You will then be equipped and ready to meet the needs of individuals and families when they reach out to you for assistance.

What Makes our Program Different?

Students are taught by experienced professors with both ministry and mental health training. Additionally, students develop an understanding of people and common problems from a biblical perspective while incorporating useful behavioral science insights, techniques and methods for care-giving. There is also a significant lab/ministry experience component where students are directly overseen, mentored, evaluated and assisted by course professors.

The program is delivered in a blended and accelerated model that allows life-engaged adult learners to complete an advanced degree without uprooting life at home and work. Students participate in a learning community that blends online education with in-class residencies. A typical course is 7 weeks in length and is comprised of 6 weeks of online work and two days of residency.

Licensure or Certifications

  • Interested and qualified students can receive clinical pastoral education that can lead to certification with The Association of Certified Christian Chaplains in conjunction with The Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training or with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • Interested and qualified students can work toward acquiring certification with the International Board of Christian Care (an affiliate of the American Association of Christian Counselors).
Your Journey

Program Credits: 48

Locations: Washington DC,

Average Completion Time: 1-2 years

Program Cost: See current cost.

Capstone Option: Practicum

Click to view requirements to enter USA as a student.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

In This Program Students Will…

  • Understand people from a biblical perspective while incorporating appropriate behavioral science insights regarding the human condition.
  • Learn about common human problems from a biblical and behavioral science perspective.
  • Learn about and apply appropriate care-giving techniques and methods in authentic ministry situations to people in need.
  • Learn how to train others in Bible oriented Christian care-giving skills.
  • Learn about other care-giving options for necessary referrals when the needs of people exceed what the typical church or Christian ministry can provide.


Christian Care (48 Credits)
Biblical and Theological Studies:12 Credits
Ministry Praxis:9 Credits
Advanced Christian Care Praxis:21 Credits
Field-Based Experience:6 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

Hear from a Student: Master of Arts

“I was called to minister to the least, the lost and the left out.” said Reynolds who says she’s grateful for the training she’s receiving through the seminary. “My journey to obtain my MA in Christian Care is more inspiring and meaningful since I’ve become a chaplain.” Read more of her story here.

– Chaplain Michele Reynolds (’19)

Meet the Faculty

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Philip Béna, M.A.

Associate Professor, Master of Arts and Divinity Christian Care Program Director

“Jesus takes care of us, so let’s learn to care for others!” — Rev. Béna

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Daniel Hyun, D.Min.

Adjunct Faculty

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D. Fredrica Brooks-Davis, Psy.D.

Adjunct Faculty

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Charles Ross, Th.M.

Adjunct Faculty

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Debra Johnson-Cortesi, Ph.D.

Professor, Senior Instructional Designer

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David Swan

Adjunct Faculty

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Ron Stimeare, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty

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Sherry Bell, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator and Student Support Services Manager - Washington, D.C.

“My philosophy of education is to expect and achieve excellence through a caring teacher/student relationship that is focused on cultivating the character and potential of the student.” – Mrs. Bell

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Joy Hall, M.A.B.S.

Adjunct Faculty

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