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0.3 CEU

Adventist Christian Fellowship - Public Campus Ministries

Course Summary

The purpose of this self-study course is to equip campus ministry leaders with the necessary skills to join this great mission of God on a public university campus. This course is divided into four learning modules with learning activities at the end of each section.

Author and Penn State Campus Minister Stephen Lutz claims that “college ministry is the most strategic mission field in the world today.” (College Ministry In A Post-Christian Culture). With the estimated more than 80,000 Adventist students studying on non-Adventist college campuses, the 23 million student population and 1 million international students studying in North America every year - we agree with his assessment.

What do I need to know?

No previous knowledge in campus ministry is required, however, any personal experience will be helpful.

Work through all the modules of this course watching the videos, completing all the learning activities. When all learning activities and modules are completed you will receive a printable completion certificate.

NOTE: If you are a public campus minister and would like to work toward chaplain endorsement you will need to complete endorsement requirements for public campus chaplains through Adventist Chaplaincy Ministry (ACM). 

After watching the videos, completing learning materials, and developing your ministry portfolio, you will earn 0.3 continuing education units (CEU). After completing this course for continuing education credit, you may re-enroll in the course for the purposes of resource retrieval, but not earn any additional CEUs.


  1. A copy of The Word On Campus: A Guide For Public College Ministry -
  2. The Journey Bible Study Series (AdventSource, 2016)
  3. Downloadable resources available throughout the course 

What will I learn in this course?

What Will I Learn in This Course?

By the end of this course, you will be able to apply Biblical principles and a uniquely Adventist World view to public campus ministries through the Adventist Christian Fellowship program. You will also acquire skills that will assist you to provide a successful ministry in your school.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand how Public Camp Ministries and Adventist Christian Fellowship Chapters relate together.
  2. Help local churches develop a college ministry as part of the overall church ministry program
  3. Provide training for student leaders and churches desiring to reach out to their campus 
  4. Assist in the establishment of a conference wide PCM advisory. 

About the Instructor

Ron Pickell, DMin, has spent most of his ministry experience working with students on public college campuses first at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN and at the University of California, Berkeley both as the pastor of LIFE Adventist church of Berkeley and chaplain of the BACF Adventist campus ministry group at UC Berkeley.

Since 2005, Ron has been serving as the North American Division Volunteer Coordinator of Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF/NAD). ACF/NAD is the official organization for Adventist ministry non-Adventist college and university campuses.

In 2014 Ron earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary in Discipleship & Biblical Spirituality. His dissertation was on Christian Faith Development in College Students on non-Adventist College and University Campuses. Ron coauthored the “Word On Campus: A Guide To Public College Ministry”, “Quick Start Guide For Starting Public Campus Ministry”. Ron is also the author of The Journey Bible Study Series. He has also published many papers and articles on college ministry and helped established campus ministry groups on college and university campuses across North America.

Ron is married to Carolyn with three adult children.


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