Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching is a professional terminal degree program designed to provide the graduate with enhanced exegetical, theological, and communication skills for the purpose of serving the church most effectively through the means of expository preaching. The 34 credit-hour curriculum consists of seven 4 credit-hour courses delivered in module format, and culminates in a 6 credit-hour final project. The DMin is intended for experienced pastors, missionaries, and others whose primary calling is the ministry of preaching God’s Word.

As a result of receiving the Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, the graduate will be able to 1) demonstrate exegetical skills in various genres of the biblical text; 2) articulate theological expressions that are clear, coherent, historically informed, and readily applicable; and 3) correlate the results of exegetical and theological studies in expository sermons which are relevant to ministry and global mission. 

The first Doctor of Ministry class module will be offered in the Fall of 2019. Click here to view the schedule of course offerings.

DMin Curriculum

Christian Ministry & Communication   

Leadership and Communication in Expository Preaching 

Dr. Daniel Davey & Dr. Michael Wilburn


4 credit hours


Biblical Theology & Exegesis

Expository Preaching of OT Wisdom & Poetry
Dr. Roger DePriest & Dr. Kyle Dunham

Expository Preaching of OT & NT Prophecy
Dr. Mark Hassler & Dr. Bruce Compton

Expository Preaching of OT & NT Narrative
Dr. Brent Belford & Dr. Sam Horn

Expository Preaching of NT Epistolary Literature
Dr. Brent Belford & Dr. Daniel Davey





16 credit hours





Historical and Systematic Theology

Expository Preaching of Doctrine
Dr. Eric Lehner & Dr. David Doran

History of Expository Preaching
Dr. Michael Windsor & Dr. Andre Gazal



8 credit hours



Final Project

Capstone Research Project

DMin Committee 


6 credit hours

34 credit hours


In addition to the general admission requirements for all applicants to VBTS, individuals seeking acceptance to the D.Min. program must:

  1. Articulate intent to serve in a vocational teaching or preaching ministry.
  2. Commit to finish the program within 6 years.
  3. Fulfill the qualifications for ministry as described in 1 Timothy 3.
  4. Have at least three years of teaching or preaching ministry experience.
  5. Hold an MDiv or its equivalent (at least 80 graduate credit hours, of which at least 6 credit hours reflect Greek language study, 6 credit hours reflect Hebrew language study, and 9 credit hours reflect the study of Systematic Theology.)

For a complete explanation of DMin admissions requirements, please refer to Doctor of Ministry Handbook.

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