Dean's Message

Dr. Joseph Umidi, Dean of School of Divinity and Executive Vice President for Student Life


Welcome to the School of Divinity!

Photograph: Dr. Joseph UmidiIf I could have a one-on-one conversation with you I would want to know the narrative of your calling and the dream that God has put in you for His kingdom advancement. Only then would I ask you how you think our school can help bring that to pass for you and through you. We believe that you are fearfully and wonderfully made according to Psalm 139. That requires us to know your design, desires, dreams and sense of destiny in order to serve you well.

As a faculty member in the Regent University School of Divinity for 29 years, I know for certain that our teachers are also fathers and mothers in the faith. That means they care about you as much as they educate you. Their dream is to see you stand on their shoulders and do exploits for God that go beyond their own. Their success is your success.

One thing that most of our students have discovered is that much of their formation and training has come from the relationships with both their teachers and their fellow classmates, both face-to-face and online. As a multidenominational divinity school, we stand apart from other seminaries because of the strength and diversity of our distinguished faculty and students who come from many church families and traditions. As iron sharpens iron you will become honed as an instrument for rebuilding the broken walls of our generation through the wonderful men and women who have made this school a key part of their ministry family.

We believe that the Holy Spirit has led you here with a hunger for excellence in your calling and a passion for God’s Word that is understood and applied in a Spirit-led manner to the opportunities and challenges in our cultures. Our curriculum is biblically based, Christ-centered and prioritizes the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. We have forged new paths in providing accredited nontraditional ministry education program formats that allow our students to pursue their degree while remaining in their ministry context. Our graduates are at work passionately around the world ministering in churches, the marketplace, the public square and other domains.

The Regent University School of Divinity will prepare you for a ministry that will not look like what we have seen in the past. It will be multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-generational; while honoring the best of the past and innovating the best for the future. Here, you will experience academic excellence that reflects the mind of Christ, and enjoy learning best practices to help you serve with the heart of the Father.

Let God Arise!

Dr. Joseph Umidi
Interim Dean










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