Nurturing Hearts and Minds for Christ
If your passion is providing Christ-centered care to children and families, this is the program for you.
In the formational children and family ministry program, you’ll study the God’s vision for families, become equipped with the tools you need to address issues facing modern-day families and share in opportunities to be involved to be involved in God’s mission of reconciliation.
The program is delivered in a blended, accelerated, cohort-based 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 on campus residency experiences. A typical course is 6 weeks in length and is comprised of 5 weeks of online work and two days of residency.
“… From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise.” – Matthew 21:16a
View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.
“I chose Capital because it was accessible, affordable, practical and theologically solid. It was a balanced, comprehensive program that fit my life. I was also learning things that I was able to apply immediately. I came out of the class on The Life & Work of the Leader and taught it to my elders within a week!”
– Doug Logan (’16) Pastor & Author of “On the Block”
Esther Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Church and Ministry Leadership (Undergraduate Studies)
“My heart is that there would be many more leaders who share God’s heart for children and are equipped to reach and disciple them wherever they are found.” — Mrs. ZimmermanRead Bio
Ph.D., Lancaster Bible College|Capital Seminary & Graduate School, Leadership
M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University, Instructional Design
B.S. Cairn University, Education/Secondary English
Rick Rhoads, D.Min.
Professor, Chair of Church & Ministry Leadership Dept. and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
“Who we are and how we live together is what we teach.” — Dr. RhoadsRead Bio
D. Min., George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Global Leadership
M.A., Columbia International University, Leadership for Evangelism & Discipleship
B.S., Lancaster Bible College, Christian Education
A.S., Harrisburg Community College, Radiologic Technology