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Christian Studies

Grow spiritually and intellectually as you expand your ability to think critically through a biblical worldview.  Develop as a follower of Christ fit for church or parachurch ministry.

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Why Christian Studies?

A Christian Studies degree offers an in-depth Bible education with maximum flexibility to take other courses in other theology, ministry, and electives of your choice. Courses concentrate on biblical perspectives on contemporary issues, church history, spiritual formation and discipleship, and Bible.

Christian Studies at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Form a robust worldview informed by biblical truth and a broad knowledge base

Academic Opportunity

Develop integrated thinking among their academic pursuits. Demonstrate proficiency in one or more academic disciplines

Personalized Education

Custom design your educational experience with electives and a variety of courses. Elective credits allow for the addition of up to two minors

Graduate School Preparation

Earn a BS in Bible and an MA (Religion) or Master of Divinity (MDiv) in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid

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There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

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Gregory Parker Jr.

Assistant Professor, School of Divinity

Gregory Parker Jr. joined the School of Divinity faculty in 2022. He teaches courses in systematic theology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Triune God, Narrative of Redemption, and Life and Calling.

After graduating from Cairn University in 2013, Greg pursued graduate school in theology, receiving an MDiv and a ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA.

He completed his PhD in systematic theology at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of James Eglinton. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between the dogmatics and ethics of the 19th century Dutch Reformed theologian, Herman Bavinck. He also played lacrosse for the University of Edinburgh.

In addition to teaching, Greg loves Philadelphia sports, hanging with friends and family, and advocating for Tame Impala.

He is delighted to be teaching at Cairn because, in his words, “Students here are guided toward a different path than that of the world, but it is the glorious and narrow path that all Christians are called to walk—one in which we ‘cleave to God’ (Ps. 73:28) and make much of his love.”

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Keith Plummer

Dean; Professor of Theology, School of Divinity

Dr. Keith Plummer teaches a variety of courses including Apologetics, Introduction to Christian Theology, and Technology & Christian Discipleship. His love of apologetics resulted from the role it played (particularly through the works of Francis Schaeffer) in helping him through a period of intense doubt in his early Christian life.

Before teaching at Cairn, Dr. Plummer served as associate pastor at Our Saviour Evangelical Free Church in Wheeling, IL for 18 years where his primary responsibilities were adult education and pastoral counseling. For ten of those years, he served as a volunteer police chaplain.

He and his wife have two adult children who are Cairn alumni.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Makenzie Landis

I have found the Christian studies program to be a good fit for me, as it allows me to take the Bible classes I enjoy while also allowing flexibility to take other classes to fit the type of ministry I would like to go into. The faculty are incredible, and I’ve appreciated the mentorship I’ve been able to have with many of my professors.

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