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Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture


Why study Youth Ministry, Family and Culture at CIU?

The professors in the Youth Ministry, Family and Culture major at Columbia International University actively work in youth and family ministry themselves. They teach from personal experience, not just from the textbook. They’ll share with you the knowledge and skills needed to reach the next generation and their families for Christ and guide you in understanding how contemporary issues affect family life and culture.

You can specialize your program in one of these areas:

  • Advanced Youth Communication
  • Adventure Education
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Camp and Retreat Ministry
  • Cross-cultural Youth Ministry
  • Family-Based Ministry
  • General Youth Ministry

Your Future

Consider the impact you can make on the next generation of young people and families as you fulfill your passion in one of these areas:

  • Church youth pastor
  • Student ministry
  • International youth pastor
  • Para-church youth worker
  • Camp/retreat worker
  • Minister to at-risk youth

Your Next Step

Ministering to youth and families in your future? Get started today.

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Featured Faculty: 
Karen Grant Karen Grant
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture
B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., California State University, Stanislaus; M.A., Moody Bible Institute; Bible Certificate, D.Min., Columbia International University

Dr. Grant joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Youth...Read More...

David Olshine David Olshine
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.G.S., Ohio University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; D.Min., The Eastern Baptist Seminary 
Sam Rubinson Sam Rubinson
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.S., Valley Forge Christian College; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary