Joshua grew up in the Ozarks and began speaking at church at 15. He studied creative writing and religious studies in college and served as a youth pastor for two years in Cape Girardeau before working in rural Alabama with the CBF-affiliated Student.go.
Through the grassroots organization Sowing Seeds of Hope, he developed a passion for communities afflicted with poverty, addiction, and violence. create has helped Joshua develop his ministry and incorporate it into the community. “Jesus commanded us to love God with our hearts, souls, and minds,” he says, “and the create program is an opportunity to love God with my mind.”
Central is a professional graduate school of theology affiliated with the American Baptist Churches U.S.A. and in full support of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The seminary’s Institutional Support Program (ISP) allows a close and supportive relationship with the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region, as well as neighboring ABC regions.
Churches affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship also serve as vital partners in ministry with Central Seminary, providing scholarship support and ministerial placements for some Central students and graduates. In addition, Central Seminary receives support from churches of many other denominations across the United States.
Working in cooperation with three seminaries in the Greater Kansas City Area, Central offers cross-registration for courses taught in any of the member seminaries. Affiliated with Central in this arrangement are Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Saint Paul School of Theology.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary provides overseas learning programs. Students can spend a semester at Spurgeon’s College in London or travel to Southeast Asia for mission experiences or study intensives.
The University of Missouri‐Kansas City Center for Religious Studies is a consortium of several area educational institutions that have agreed to pool their academic resources to cooperate in establishing a religious studies discipline on the Ph.D. level. The center is the administrative and academic home of the religious studies discipline in UMKC’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and is governed by the regulations and requirements of that program.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary is a member of the UMKC Center for Religious Studies consortium, and Central faculty are asked to serve as adjunct doctoral faculty supervising dissertation research.