Christian Colleges/Universities offering Outdoor Leadership or Outdoor Ministry Degrees (major/minor) or Courses


List provided by: Christian Adventure Association

Advancing Wilderness and Adventure Leadership

Name of College/University

Major/ Minor in
or Related Field

Selection of Outdoor Leadership/Education
Classes offered

Asbury College
1 Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390


No major/minor

Contact: Trent Ellsworth
Adventure Program Director


Courses offered in Recreation Department
-Outdoor Living Skills
-Outdoor Christian Leadership
-Adventure Leadership
-Outdoor Recreation & Education

Briercrest College
510 College Drive
Caronport, SK, S0H 0S0


No major/minor

Contact: Steve Allen
Program Coordinator

Courses offered
-Recreation Leadership
-Environmental Ethics
-Risk Management

Colorado Christian University
8787 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO


Outdoor Leadership (Minor)

Contact: Stephen J. Cyphers
Assistant Professor of Leadership

-Intro to Outdoor Recreation
-Dynamics of Outdoor Leadership
-Wilderness First Aid
-Management of Outdoor Leadership Programs

Columbia International  University
7435 Monticello Rd.
Columbia , SC 29203


Youth Ministry (Major)
Outdoor Leadership (Minor)

Contact: Julian “Hule” Goddard
Resident Faculty of Youth Ministry

-Recreational Leadership
-Advanced Outdoor Leadership
-Mobilizing Youth Missions

Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22802


Camping, Recreation,  & Outdoor Ministries (Major) and Congregational and Youth Ministry (Major)

Contact: Dr. Lester Zook
Professor/Dept Chair of Physical Education & Recreation Dept

-Christian Camping and Outdoor Ministry
-Recreational Programming
-Outdoor Education
-Wilderness Seminar
-Adventure Leadership
-Outdoor Living Skills
-Rock Climbing
-Youth Ministry

George Fox University
414 N Meridian Street
Newberg, OR  97132-2697


Christian Min (Major) w/Camping (Minor)

Contact: Carol Yard
Camp Program Director

-The Christian/the Outdoors
-Camp Program & Counseling
-Camp Administration
-Experiential Recreation Leadership

Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984


Outdoor Education (Major and Minor)

Contact: Richard L. Obenschain
Assistant Professor Recreation & Leisure
Christian adventure program La Vida,
located at and operated by Gordon.

-Foundations of Outdoor Education
-Philosophies and Theories of OE Leadership
-Expeditionary Training
-Humans, Nature and Human Nature

Note: Immersion semester available offering
Wilderness Education Association Certification

Houghton College
One Willard Avenue
Houghton, NY 14744-0128


Recreation/Leisure (Major)
Outdoor Education (Option)

Contact: Robert Smalley

-Methods/Materials Outdoor Education
-Admin Organized Camps             
-Outdoor Leadership Training       
-Outdoor Living Skills

John Brown University
2000 West University
Siloam Springs, AR 72761


Outdoor Leadership Ministries (Major/Min)
NOLS Course Credit options
WEA Certificate options

Contact: Dr. Tim Kidd
Associate Prof Outdoor Leadership/Chr Min

-Wilderness Impact on Leadership/Discipleship
-Challenge Course Mgmt
-Adventure Education
-Outdoor Education
-Discipleship Development & Outdoor Ministry
-Expedition Leadership
-WMI Wilderness First Responder Course

Messiah College
One College Avenue
Grantham, PA  17027


Adventure Education (Major)
NOLS Courses Options
WEA Certificate Options through MC

Contact: Dave Tanis
Director of Adventure Programs

-Wilderness Encounter
-Intro to Adventure Education
-Programming & Trip Design
-Trip Implementation and Evaluation
-Challenge Course Facilitation
-SOLO Wilderness First Responder Course
-Leadership, Facilitation, and Group Dynamics

Montreat College   
PO Box 1267
Montreat, NC 28757-1267


Outdoor Education (Major)
WEA certification

Contact: Dr. Andrew Bobilya
Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education

-Facilitating Outdoor Ed Exp
-History/Phil Outdoor Ed
-Outdoor Living Skills
-Leadership/Group Dynamics
-ACA Instructor Certification
-Rock Climbing Instructor Training
-Expedition Management and Leadership

North Greenville University
PO Box 1892
Tigerville, SC 29688-1892


Outdoor Leadership (Major)
SOLO Wilderness First Responder
Immersion Semester

Contact: TBA


-Outdoor Ministries
-Experiential Education
-Org & Admin Outdoor Program
-Challenge Course Program
-Teaching Methods

Prairie Bible College
Box 4000
460 3rd St NE
Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0
403-443-5511 ext. 3714
403-443-8221 (Explore cell phone)

Explore Program – 1 year
Outdoor Education and Leadership (Major)
Camping (Major)

Contact: Dwayne Koop
Director of Explore - Outdoor Education & Leadership Program

- Adventure Business & Management 
- Outdoor Programming 
- Wilderness Survival
- Wilderness Physical Education
- Group Facilitation 
- Wilderness First Responder 
- Wilderness Instructor I & II 
- Teaching Through Adventure


Simpson University
2211 College View Dr.
Redding, CA 96003


Outdoor Leadership (Major/Minor)

Contact: Paul Stonehouse
Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership

-Intro to Outdoor Leadership
-Experiential Outdoor Education
-Camp Programming & Admin
-Admin & Management of OL Programs
-Challenge Education
-Wilderness First Responder
-Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing

Southern Adventist University
PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315 



Outdoor Leadership (Major)
Concentration: Environmental Education; Adventure Therapy; Outdoor Ministry; or Historical and Cultural Interpretation

Contact: Mike Hills
Assistant Professor of Education

-Outdoor Basics
-Challenge Course Facilitator
-Outdoor Ministries
-Environmental Education
-Outdoor Education Seminar
-Natural & Cultural Interpretation
- Rock climbing
-Whitewater rafting guide
- CHA horsemanship certification

Toccoa Falls College
325 Chapel Drive
Toccoa Falls, GA  30598


Outdoor Leadership and Education (Major)

Contact: Cyd Quarterman
Assistant Professor of Christian Education

-Outdoor Leadership & Education
-Wilderness First Responder
-Camp Programming & Leadership
-Backcountry Education
-Adventure-based Education


Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL  60015


Christian Ministries (Major)
Camping/Outdoor Ed Ministries (Emphasis)

Contact: Jana L. Sundene
Chair, Christian Ministries Department
Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

-Adventure Education           
-Camp Operations      
-Camp Programming  
-Experiential Camp Program