Doctor of Ministry - Concentration in Prisons, Public Policy & Transformative Justice


  • In the past 30 years, the prison population in the U.S. has grown from 350,000 to more than 2 million
  • A disproportionate number of those in prison are persons of color. More African Americans are under correctional control today - in prison or jail, on probation or parole - than were enslaved in 1850
  • The "criminal justice" system and prison industrial complex are more invested in punishment than in doing justice and promoting restorative practices
  • State and federal funding for educational and chaplaincy programs continues to decline
  • There is an urgent need for re-entry programs that will support the formerly incarcertated as they try to make their way on the "outside"

    In response to these devastating facts, New Brunswick Theological Seminary is offering a collaborative Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program for Christian leaders who have the courage, passion and drive to understand and transform the systemic realities that are daily destroying the lives of individuals and communities. The Seminary's D.Min. is offered in partnership with the Program for Religion in Prisons (PREP) and Schools for Alternative Learning and Transformation (SALT). PREP and SALT share a common mission: to create educational partnerships that bring together those "inside" and those "outside" to study the theology, sociology, and the politics of crime and justice in America. Building on this knowledge, D.Min. candidates will learn to lead congregations and communities in nonviolent direct action that will challenge and change the "cradle to prison pipeline." With these partners, the Seminary will form Christian leaders in a new paradigm for "prison ministry" that can transform individuals and social systems.

    Program Design

  • 3 years, 48 credit hours
  • 3 intensives per year (2 ca. a week-long; 1 three-days) sited contextually, both in and out of prison settings
  • Proposed Courses: Prisons and Economic Justice * Understanding the Criminal Justice System * Theology & Politics of Crime & Justice * Redefining Prison Ministry * Engaging the Powers * Research Methods & World CafĂ© * Congregational Engagement * Public Practice of Theology * Healing Communities * Transformative Justice * Stories of Crime and Justice

    Cost: Year 1: $4,500.00; Year 2: $4,500.00; Year Three: $2,250,00; plus the cost of travel, room and board for intensives.

    Inquiries: Please contact Dr. Warren Dennis, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program & Dirck Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry at wdennis@nbts.edu.

    Download/view the brochure here.

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