Graduate Studies

Russell School of Ministry


Russell School of Ministry is the name of Central Christian College of the Bible’s growing graduate studies programs in all its locations. 

Meet the Dean

Dr. Doug Spears Headshot

Dr. Doug Spears is the Dean of Russell School of Ministry. Dr. Spears is a graduate of Cincinnati Bible Seminary (B.S., M.Div.), Louisville Bible College (M.Th.), and Kent State University (M.Ed., Ph.D.) Doug has served as a professor, department chair, minister, and professional counselor. Contact Dr. Spears by email ( or phone (859-365-8983).

As a Russell School of Ministry graduate student, you'll benefit from strong alumni connections, professional networks, and professors who are invested in your success. Real-world experiences are the hallmark of a CCCB education. Our graduate degree programs offer three types of learning experiences:

  • In person: 5-day intensive courses are held on CCCB’s campuses (Moberly, MO; St. Louis; or Cincinnati) each semester.
  • Online: 12-week online courses are taught by experienced professors.
  • Onsite: Coaching and mentoring lead you in making improvements at your place of ministry.

Russell School of Ministry is dedicated to excellence in and out of the classroom. Classes are taught by professors who are both scholars with a high view of scripture and professional leaders in church and parachurch organizations. The program is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (


Graduate classes are taught by professors with appropriate academic credentials and many years of ministry experience. Practical assignments are emphasized in all classes. In the Supervised Ministry Experience, each student is coached by a qualified leader with years of experience in ministry. The assignments are designed to apply classroom knowledge to real-world application in your ministry context and leadership development.


Central Christian College of the Bible is committed to providing innovative ministry education in multiple locations for the Christian Church. By studying with Russell School of Ministry, there is no need to choose between cost and quality. With a low cost per credit hour and multiple payment options available, you can get quality training at an affordable cost.

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Graduate courses are designed for flexibility and minimal time away from your ministry. With only five days of on-campus time each semester, multiple locations to choose from, and additional options for missionaries and students outside the US, it has never been easier to continue your education while continuing to serve right where you are.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) is a 36-credit-hour program designed to help you develop your personal leadership skills, be equipped to lead congregations toward health, and be capable of forming personal and pastoral development plans for your teams.