Student Ministry

The Bachelor of Arts in Student Ministry degree at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, is one of the best in the country. In fact, over the last ten years, 98.8% of OCC student ministry graduates who pursued a student ministry position were placed in one. Kevin Greer, the director of OCC's student ministry program, has over 30 years of youth ministry experience. You’ll also study under great guest teachers like CIY’s Jayson French and Lane Moss, Lori Murillo, and Dusty Frizzell, and you'll receive over 50 hours of Bible training and 18 hours of specialized student ministry training.

Student Ministry students are prepared to:


  • effectively lead and administrate a Christ-centered student ministry.
  • design events, retreats, camps, and mission trips.
  • guide and shape students to be lifelong disciples.

Courses in this Degree

Foundations of Youth Ministry

Integration in Student Ministry

Counseling Youth

Strategies of Biblical Communication

Youth Ministry Internship

Preaching to Youth

Urban Youth Ministry

Issues in Youth Ministry

Ministry through Small Groups

Faculty Contact

Professor Kevin Greer

"I believe that youth ministry is one of the most life-impacting careers anyone could ever choose. Our student ministry major exists to train and inspire the next wave of youth ministers to effectively lead a Jesus-centered student ministry, guiding teenagers to become lifelong, world-changing disciples of Jesus."

Email Professor Kevin Greer

Possible Job Opportunities

High School Minister

Pre-Teen Minister

College Age Minister

Camp Ministry

Cross-Cultural Youth Ministry

Parachurch Youth Ministry

Junior High Minister

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