Rob Turner, teaching team lead at Apex Community Church, is the director of Cedarville’s new Master of Ministry degree. Turner announced the news July 3 in a note on Apex’s Facebook page.
“Please know this, a significant factor in me taking this position is my love for the local church,” Turner said in the note, “and I know beyond a doubt that the majority of my giftedness is to be used within the ministry of Apex Community. I’m not leaving my role, just adjusting my role.”
The main difference in Turner’s role at Apex will be his office schedule during the week. Turner also won’t be speaking during most of July because he’ll be speaking at student camps and preparing for fall semester, in addition to letting others at Apex speak.
“The administration team at Apex has been diligently working through any appropriate adjustments to my hours and salary that they deem fair and does not presume on the grace that Apex has provided our family for the last 11 years,” Turner said.
Turner said the organizational aspect of the director role is part-time and that he will teach one or two classes once the master’s program officially begins.
According to the Ohio Board of Regent's signed request and recommendation form for the degree, it will be composed of 38 semester credit hours. Students will be able to complete it in 1-2 years, and the degree will include a 10-12 week internship.
“I will provide details of the program at a later time, but it’s a program that has the potential to be unique and is firmly grounded in the local church,” Turner said.
The Board of Regents approved the degree Dec. 17. Cedarville's regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, approved it May 20-21, according to the commission.
Turner has been an adjunct professor at Cedarville since last fall, teaching Personal Evangelism. He said he was approached shortly before Christmas by biblical and ministry studies department leadership about taking the director position. In addition, Turner will also be an associate professor of Bible and education, according to Cedarville’s website. He has a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.