Ministry (pre-professional) major

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Central College continues its emphasis on education and spiritual formation in the Reformed Church tradition in particular and in the Christian heritage in general. We seek to prepare students for a life of service to God and to the community, whether this service be in Iowa, across the nation or around the world. The ministerial (pre-professional program) provides a period of reflection and discernment for students who are considering a vocation in ministry, whether it be ordained ministry, lay ministry or in missions. At Central College, we also have numerous courses in international politics, world religions and foreign languages, all of which provide an excellent background for students preparing for mission work.

As both ministry and missions require long-term planning, we encourage students to make their pre-ministerial interests known early so Reverends Brummel and Kleven can serve as mentors for their programs.



Successful Careers

Graduates have gone on to become pastors, missionaries or teachers, but also have gone into such fields as law enforcement and political philosophy, including:


Students also have an opportunity to do ministry internships in churches and church-related organizations. Past internships include:

Learn more about internships at Central.


Students interested in pre-ministry can major in any subject area, though religion is recommended. Additional coursework in the following area is recommended:


Central College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you'll find. A perfect mix of old and new, our buildings reflect our history and our future. Our state-of-the-art facilities include:


Central offers many groups for students interested in pre-ministry including:

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Mission Trips

Winter, spring and summer mission trips to Mexico, Malawi, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona, Georgia and the Gulf Coast offer opportunities to make a difference, deepen your faith and experience other cultures.