The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry endeavors from a Christian perspective to teach students the Bible, our Christian heritage, and spiritual formation, and to prepare students for professional church vocations.
The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry prepares students for professional church vocations but also provides introductory courses for every SBU student in the Bible and spiritual formation.
Our graduates are prepared for seminary or further graduate study or church vocations, whether in local churches or overseas.
The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry is named in honor of the ministry of Dr. Courts Redford, who was President of Southwest Baptist College from 1930 to 1943, leading the then Junior College through one of its most uncertain periods. After serving 21 years with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, the last 10 years as the chief executive officer, he retired in 1964. After moving back to Bolivar in 1966, Dr. Redford again served Southwest as Interim President for nine months in 1967. The College’s Division of Christianity and Philosophy was officially renamed in his honor in the Fall of 1973. —See Dr. Courts Redford, his life and labors, by Geoffrey S. Swadley, c. 1974.
Job opportunities for Redford College students and graduatesMinister of Music and Youth
First Baptist Church, Judsonia, Ark.
Contact: Chuck Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 279-6748
Weaubleau Baptist Church, Weaubleau, Mo.
Contact: Charles Hemphill at (417) 428-3415
Youth and College Pastor
First Evangelical Free Church, Springfield, Mo.
Contact: Linda Ferguson at email@example.com or (417) 889-9445
Music Minister (part-time, with goal of becoming full-time)
First Baptist Church, Trenton, Mo.
For more information, contact Rev. Dennis S. Chesnut at (660) 359-3898.
Student Ministry Pastor and Children's Ministry Administrator (full-time)
First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, Mo.
Resumes may be sent to John Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth & Worship Minister (full or part-time)
Roby Baptist Church, Roby, Mo.
Resumes may be sent to email@example.com.
1st Southern Baptist Church, Ava, Mo.
Contact Gina Clinkingbeard, chair of the Pastor Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Baptist Church, Osceola, Mo.
Contact Len Gilmore, Pastor Search Committee, at email@example.com.
Living Proof Church, Paola, Kan.
If interested, email Bo Gerken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on these opportunities, please contact Cindy Rhoads, secretary for the Department of Christian Ministry, at (417) 328-1760 or crhoads@SBUniv.edu.