Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies

General Information




Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies - North Central University

Mission Statement

The Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies provides a strong biblical and theological foundation for all North Central University students and offers advanced biblical and theological training for those planning to pursue graduate study and/or vocational ministry.


Biblical and Theological Studies Major

All Biblical and Theological Studies (BATS) majors will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Bible Content
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Method, topics and distinctive eras of biblical and theological scholarship
  • Histories of Israel and the Church
  • Ancient Languages


Biblical & Theological Studies majors will choose one of three tracks:

  • The Biblical Studies track
  • The Biblical Languages track
  • The Theology track

Students in each track will demonstrate ability to interact with appropriate scholarship and write effectively in their area of focus, as identified in their chosen track.


For students interested in pursuing credentialed ministry within the Assemblies of God, the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies also offers the opportunity to take all the courses suggested for ministerial preparation while completing a Biblical and Theological Studies major. 


Biblical and Theological Studies Abroad

The Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies sponsors two study abroad options. Biblical and Theological Studies majors are especially encouraged to take advantage of these study abroad opportunities which are also available for all North Central students:

  • Israel Study Tour- a three week trip during May Term to Israel and Jordan
  • Ridley Hall - a Fall semester-long program to study Bible and theology at the University of Cambridge, England


Society for Bible and Theology

The student-led Society for Bible and Theology is for anyone who loves discussing issues relating to biblical studies or thinking through the theological implications of various ideas.  Throughout the school year, the Society for Bible and Theology sponsors lunch-time lectures, game nights, outings and other get togethers.  For more information, visit the Society's page.


IBATS on Facebook

Students, Faculty and Alumni of NCU gather at the NCU Biblical Studies Society group on Facebook.  You can join the group to get news, see what others are doing, hear about openings for jobs or studies or post about exciting things God is teaching you through the Bible and Theology.  Join us!


Weekly Student-led Discussion Group

Who: Biblical and Theological Studies majors

When: 4-5pm each Thursday during the Semester

Where: the IBATS office- Miller Hall 248

Come join us for snacks and lively student-led discussions.  It is a great way to get to know other BATS majors and support each other in our desire to grow both academically and spiritually in our knowledge of the Bible and theology. Past discussions have ranged from things like: the gifts of the Spirit and revival, the I AM statements from John's Gospel, denominationalism, Church history, and how to hold together NCU's vision for both ministry and academics.


910 Elliot Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Miller Hall 248
M-Th 8:00am-4:30pm
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Brandon Gilliam



Title 4 Year Plan Credits
Biblical Studies 124


Title Credits
Biblical Languages 18
Greek 18
Hebrew 18

Other Programs

Title Credits
One-Year Bible Certificate 31

Supporting Programs

Title Credits
Biblical and Theological Studies Core 27
Biblical Studies 21


Menzies, Glen

Dean, Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies
Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
(612) 343-4449
Miller Hall #250

Anderson, Amy

Professor of Greek and New Testament
Chi Alpha University Outreach
(612) 343-4761
Miller Hall #238

Brookman, Buzz

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
(612) 343-4725
Miller Hall #259

Mayo, Phil

Professor, New Testament and Greek
(612) 343-4766
Miller Hall #263

Tennison, Allen

Professor of Theology
(612) 343-4762
Miller Hall #261

Evans, Justin

Adjunct Faculty - Old Testament
(612) 343-4156
T.J. Jones Library #

Fox, Nick

Adjunct Faculty - Old Testament
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Henderson, Tim

Adjunct Faculty - New Testament
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Krueger, Craig

Adjunct Faculty- Bible
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Leeper, Hillary

Adjunct Faculty - New Testament and Theology
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Ligocki, Larry

Adjunct Faculty - Critical Thought and Biblical Studies
(612) 343-3408

Membrez, Greg

Adjunct Faculty- Latin
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Moritz, Torsten

Adjunct Faculty- Biblical Studies
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Sewell, Bryson

Adjunct Faculty - Greek
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Sickler, Bradley

Adjunct Faculty - Philosophy
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Thompson, C. Dan

Adjunct Faculty - Bible, Theology and History
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Volpe, Michael

Adjunct Faculty - Critical Thought and Bible
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Wetzler, Heith

Adjunct Faculty - Theology
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Clark, David A.

Adjunct - Theology
(612) 343-4767
Miller Hall #255

Perrin, Jac

Adjunct Faculty
(612) 454-8070


Career Placement

NCU's Job Posting Database Website for Students and Alumni. Quick access at:


The Annual First Things Last Conference is a chapel series and related events that are sponsored by the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies.

The dates for First Things Last 2014 are set for February 18-20, 2014.   Please check back for more details.

First Things Last 2013 featured renowned Pentecostal historian Dr. Vinson Synan.  Over the course of the three-day series, Dr. Synan gave an overview of the roots of Pentecostalism, the Azusa Street Revival and the Charismatic Renewal.  He used rare footage, extensive research, interviews and his own personal experiences to give NCU students a solid foundation for understanding the Pentecostal movement as a whole.  Dr. Synan also spoke in numerous classes, at a lunch for Pentecostal and Charismatic pastors, as well as a late-night student event called "Tongues-on-Fire Pentecostalism" where he spoke specifically about Spirit baptism and the gift of tongues.  His depth of experience and genuineness were a blessing to the whole NCU community.

The name "First Things Last" was chosen to emphasize that it is the things of primary importance - the "first things" - that last.

Sponsored by the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies, the Laboratory is a monthly lunch for Assemblies of God ministers, NCU faculty and other interested leaders featuring a guest speaker on various topics and discusions in a lively, safe and off-the-record environment.


The Laboratory's charter explains its purpose this way:


"The life of a minister can be lonely, and increasingly Assemblies of God ministers are raising impassioned pleas for more ministerial fellowship and open, honest discussion.  While no one denies that ministers are responsible for their public teaching or the leadership of their congregations, many seem to be crying out for some venue in which they can share their questions, hopes, half-baked ideas and theories, etc. with fellow ministers in a safe, non-political setting." The Laboratory is our attempt to fill that need.


The dates for the Laboratory for the academic year 2013-2014 are as follows, all the dates are on a Thursday, from 11am-1pm.


  • 9/12/2013
  • 10/10/2013
  • 11/14/2013
  • 12/12/2013
  • 2/13/2014
  • 3/13/2014
  • 4/10/2014


All Laboratory events will take place in Phillips Hall's 117 unless otherwise noted. 


Please RSVP to Katy Wehr (612-343-3767 or 24 hours prior to event date if you would like a hot lunch at $4 (lunch includes entree, salad, cookies, and drink).


If you would like to be included in the mailing list to receive description of each Laboratory and Speaker as the date approach, please email Katy Wehr at


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