Pre-Professional Programs


The pre-ministry advisor is Dr. Chris Franks (


Faith and Reason Forum continues during the pandemic! Watch the pre-ministry Facebook page for the latest updates: HPU Pre-Ministry


Spring 2021 Events for Exploring Seminaries and Divinity Schools

Mar. 25, 3pm (Eastern): Joint virtual information session with representatives of all 13 United Methodist Seminaries and Divinity Schools. Register here

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Duke Divinity School: Virtual visits most Wednesdays, Thursdays, and some Tuesdays. Full schedule here

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Wake Forest University School of Divinity: Virtual visits. Full schedule here


Is God calling you to Christian ministry? The purpose of pre-ministry advising at High Point University is to assist any student considering some form of ministry as a vocation, offering a number of activities and resources to support students’ theological exploration of ministry. In addition, HPU has several ordained ministers and lay leaders among its faculty and administration who are happy to engage in conversations with students about the many paths into ministry and about the sacrifices and rewards of a life of ministry.

Calling: Help discerning your call

But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.”—Jeremiah 1:7-8

The call to ministry is profound and identity-shaping, but many who have experienced such a calling describe it as more of a process than a sudden burst of clarity. Embarking on the vocation of ministry often involves a journey of discernment in which not only prayer and personal reflection play a role, but also friendship, mentoring, and community encouragement, as well as rigorous theological inquiry.

Preparing: Educational guidance

High Point University has a long tradition of successfully preparing students for graduate theological education and for lives of ministry.  Recent graduates have gone on to some of the country’s best seminaries and divinity schools, including Asbury Theological Seminary, Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Duke Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, Moravian Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Wake Forest Divinity School, and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Some students prepare by doing, taking up ministry positions in local churches, campus ministries, or mission organizations during their time at HPU.  Students also have many opportunities to learn about various graduate theological programs and about what those programs look for in their incoming students.  And all HPU students receive a strong liberal arts education that lays the groundwork for further theological study.

Ministry Opportunities

For current local church employment, internship, or volunteer opportunities, contact the Pre-Ministry Advisor, Dr. Chris Franks.

Exploring Graduate Theological Education

One good way to get an overview of graduate school options for ministry is to peruse the website of the Association of Theological Schools.

Also, be aware of our biannual Theological Career Fair, which brings representatives of numerous seminaries and divinity schools to our campus in the Fall of every even numbered year.

Further, the pre-ministry advisor has resources to enable students to visit seminaries they are considering attending.


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