Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is designed to enhance your spiritual, intellectual and professional abilities in Christian ministry. You will learn how to combine academic research, spiritual formation and applied ministry strategies in this 3-year, in-ministry program. Join a collaborative, peer-to-peer learning environment. You will experience personal, professional and spiritual growth leading to a greater effectiveness in ministry. Pursue your DMin in Leadership or Spiritual Formation. This Doctor of Ministry degree will help equip you to navigate the complexities of life and ministry in the 21st century church.

Research Projects our students are completing:
  • A strategy to move a congregation in a missional direction
  • Leadership development for clergy and Christian marketplace leaders
  • Implementing a service learning model
  • Ministering to college and university students
  • Developing a holistic caring ministry
  • Moving from the mono-ethnic to the multi-ethnic church
  • Support system for second generation congregants
  • Curriculum creation


The Doctor of Ministry Leadership Track provides an intentional and structured development process for Christian leaders. With our faculty of proven leaders and educators, you will investigate relevant issues such as church leadership principles, dynamics of change, and professional formation. Your learning will take place in a collaborative, cohort-based format, offering opportunities for small group learning, peer-to-peer feedback and lifelong relationships. You will identify opportunities in church ministry within an action research framework and implement your project. Reflect on this process with your professors and peers while developing your own unique vision for ministry.

Spiritual Formation

The Doctor of Ministry track in Spiritual Formation equips pastors, spiritual directors, counsellors, and others to nurture individual and corporate life with God. You will explore the field of Spirituality and learn how to apply these principles to spiritual formation in your own life and ministry context. Participate in multi-day, retreat-styled residencies where you will gather for worship, communal meals and prayer throughout the day. The program will deepen your understanding and practice of Christian Formation by drawing insights from multi-disciplinary fields of study.

Program Requirements

Leadership Track

Year 1

  • DMIN 0908 Formation of the Leader*
  • DMIN 0910 Leadership and Action Research*
  • DMIN 0901 Action Research Proposal
  • DMIN 0905 Ministry Project Design**

​Year 2

  • DMIN 0911 Leadership and Change*
  • DMIN 0912 Leadership and Systems Theory*
  • DMIN 0902 Action Research Project
  • DMIN 0906 Ministry Project Implementation**

​Year 3

  • DMIN 0913 Leadership and the Learning Organization*
  • DMIN 0909 Leadership Development*
  • DMIN 0903 Action Research Thesis
  • DMIN 0907 Ministry Project Reporting**​
Spiritual Formation Track

Year 1

  • DMIN0924 Listening to God: Discernment for Spiritual Formation*
  • DMIN0925 Spiritual Formation: An Historical and Practical Approach*
  • DMIN0930 Space for God: Personalizing Sacred Practices**
  • DMIN0920 Spiritual Autobiography: God’s Story and Your Story** 

​ Year 2

  • DMIN0926 Desiring God: Sacred Paths and Spiritual Mentors*
  • DMIN0927 Transformational Prayer: The Journey to Wholeness*
  • DMIN0931 Nurturing Spirituality: A Lifestyle of Mentoring, Discipleship and Spiritual Direction**
  • DMIN0921 Spiritual Traditions and Personal Formation** 

Year 3

  • DMIN0928 Health and Spiritual Well-being: Insights on Spirituality from the study of the Human Person*
  • DMIN0929 Engaging Scriptures: Spiritual Formation for Information and Transformation*
  • DMIN0932 Taking Care of Yourself: Living a Transformed Life**
  • DMIN0922 Making a Difference: Ministry Project**

* Includes summer residency.
** Includes winter residency.

Program requirements subject to change.
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Whether you're interested in vocational ministry and leadership or personal study and enrichment, Tyndale offers a wide range of degree options that will meet your needs and goals.

Graduate Diploma** MTS
Master of Theological Studies**
Master of Divinity***
Master of Theology
Doctor of Ministry
A program geared toward adult learners interested in being equipped for ministry in their chosen profession A degree that will develop students' theological understanding for general educational purposes A degree designed primarily for those considering vocational, church-based ministry An advanced academic degree that provides an opportunity toexplore biblical, theological or historical studies in preparation for a PhD or ThD program An advanced professional degree designed for church leaders whose ministry will be integrated into their study and research Description
9 18 27 6 courses + thesis 6 intensive modules + a major project


1 year 2 years 3 years 1 year 3 years Duration*
Want to enhance your biblical and theological understandings in a setting that will engage your intellect and deepen your faith Are seeking a foundational graduate degree that can be utilized in a wide range of professional and ministerial contexts Wish to prepare for ordained ministry or for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings Have completed an MDiv or MTS and wish to enhance your ministerial and missional practice with additional scholarship, or prepare for further study at the doctoral level Have completed an MDiv or equivalent and are engaged in substantive ministry further developing your skills and capacities for effective leadership Pursue if...
* Program durations are based on a traditional, full-time course load of nine courses per year.
** Also offered in a modular format designed to meet the needs of students with full-time demands such as family, church or career.
*** Tyndale also offers an In-Ministry MDiv degree program for people who are engaged in part-time or full-time in vocational Christian ministry.
» Program Coordinator

Dr. Paul D. G. Bramer

Director of DMin
Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership
416.226.6620 Ext. 2272

BA, University of Toronto, 1979
BEd, University of Toronto, 1980
MEd, Brock University, 1985
PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1994

Areas of Specialization: Christian Education, Curriculum Development, Leadership and Administration, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation.

Dr. Bramer has been involved in a variety of ministries and has taught at all levels of education from elementary and high school through undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. After his graduate degree in educational administration, he did theological studies at Regent College, Institute for Christian Studies, and Tyndale culminating in his doctoral work in Christian education and psychospirituality, and his training in spiritual direction at Shalem Institute (Washington). He was a professor at Ontario Bible College for three years in the early 1990’s and at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago) for thirteen years where he was instrumental in developing on-line courses, a Center for Youth Ministry Studies, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction besides his teaching in the classroom and administering a graduate degree program. He has had a life-long commitment to the development of Christian leaders. Dr. Bramer has served on the board of the North American Professors of Christian Education, the editorial advisory board for Christian Education Journal, and site visit committees for the Association of Theological Schools.

He has published articles in the Christian Education Journal, Covenant Quarterly, and Covenant Companion. Ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Rev. Bramer has participated in various denominational committees and task forces. His church-based ministries have included small group leadership, Christian education, youth ministry, and spiritual direction.

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Dr. David Sherbino

Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry

BA, University of Ottawa, 1970
BTh, Tyndale College, 1971
MPS, St. Paul University, 1975
STM, McGill University, 1976
Diploma in Ministry, Presbyterian College, McGill University, 1976
Diploma in Spiritual Direction, Pecos Benedictine Abbey, 1976
DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1986
CSD (Certified Spiritual Director), Canadian Council of Professional Certification, 1999
CT (Certified Thanatologist), American Association of Death Educators and Counselors, 2002
FT (Fellow in Thanatology), American Association of Death Educators and Counselors, 2009
CSDS (Certified Spiritual Director Supervisor), Canadian Council of Professional Certification, 2010

Areas of Specialization: Pastoral Counselling, Worship, Spiritual Formation, Leadership, Thanatology.

Dr. Sherbino has been a faculty member at Tyndale Seminary since 1987, serving previously as Chair of the Pastoral Ministries Department, Coordinator of the Worship and Liturgy program and Dean of the Chapel. He is presently coordinating the program in Spiritual Formation. Dr. Sherbino has served in several congregations in Canada and is presently the Senior Minister of Cornerstone Community Church (Presbyterian) in Kleinburg.

A commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, he served for four years as Regimental Chaplain to the Queen’s York Rangers. A popular speaker and church consultant, he regularly addresses various church and ministry groups in Canada and overseas. He has written many articles for church press publications and has recently published Foundations for Christian Living and Marriage Preparation Manual and Re:Connect Spiritual Exercises to Develop Intimacy with God. His work on spiritual formation has been produced on several videos. Dr. Sherbino is involved in adjunct teaching at various theological schools, including the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (India), the Alliance Biblical Seminary (The Philippines), a BGST (Singapore), and at McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON).

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Dr. Gary V. Nelson

President and Vice Chancellor
416.226.6620 Ext. 6700

BEd, University of British Columbia, 1976
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1980
DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1987

Areas of Specialization: Missional Church, Leadership, Urban Missiology, Church Renewal and Revitalization.

Dr. Gary V. Nelson joined Tyndale on July 1, 2010 as President and Vice Chancellor after serving for ten years as General Secretary of CBM, the national and global work of Canadian Baptists. During those years, CBM experienced a striking capacity growth, expanding the organization’s global impact in the areas of leadership development, theological education, sustainable community development and the development of key educational resources for congregations across Canada.

Previous to his tenure with CBM, he served in a number of congregations both in staff and senior roles. As Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Edmonton in the 1990s, Dr. Nelson was involved in a revitalizing and renewing of this historic downtown congregation into a creative and dynamic contemporary congregation.

Dr. Nelson received the Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia and graduated with master and doctoral degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary. As an educator, he has been actively engaged in creative approaches to theological and ministerial training. He was the founding director of the urban leadership training initiative BUILD (Baptist Urban Involvement in Leadership Development) in Toronto that shaped pastors and international workers to work in urban settings.

He has lectured and taught courses at universities and seminaries across Canada and the United States. Over the years, he has lectured internationally in India, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Germany, Scotland, Kenya, Ghana, and Rwanda on topics and themes that focus on missional living as the church, contemporary ministry, urban missiology, as well as leadership and governance for Christian organizations.

A recognized urban missiologist, he has authored and presented numerous papers that focus on theological and missiological ecclesiology. His writings include a co-authored book entitled Future Faith Churches: Reconnecting with the Power of the Gospel for the 21st Century (Wood Lake Books, 1997), Borderland Churches: A Congregation’s Introduction to Missional Living (Chalice Press, 2008), and his most recent book entitled Going Global: A Congregation’s Introduction to Mission beyond our Borders (Chalice Press, April 2011).

He finds passion around creating ways in which organizations can optimize their abilities and capacities, and in helping churches impact local communities and global worlds in which they are a part. He is committed to the enriching of the mind, heart, and character of students and to leading Tyndale's faculty and staff as they envision the future in which graduates become "culture makers" and people of faith in the places they work and live.

A self-described western Canadian who loves the big sky and prairie life, Dr. Nelson has served in church leadership roles in California, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta.

He is married to Carla, a former public school teacher now serving as the Director of Tyndale’s new Bachelor of Education program and Associate Professor of Education at Tyndale University College. They have one daughter, Stacy, who lives in Edmonton with her husband and their four children.

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Dr. Mark Chapman

Assistant Professor of Research Methods
416.226.6620 Ext. 2208

BRS, Tyndale University College & Seminary, 1989
BA, University of Waterloo, 1991
MA, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1994
PhD, University of Toronto, 2004

Areas of Specialization: Research Methods, Religion in North America, Sociology of Religion, and Canadian Evangelicalism

Dr. Chapman is Assistant Professor of Research Methods and Assistant Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. He has wide experience in social science research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  His current research examines networks among Canadians who are starting new churches, the relationship between evangelical churches and visual art and artists and interaction between churches. Dr. Chapman serves as a research consultant for the Tyndale Intercultural Ministry Centre.

Dr. Chapman has worked as Director of Extension Education and Assistant Professor of Christianity & Culture at Ambrose University College and as a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University and the University of Toronto. Other related experience includes involvement in the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (membership secretary 2003-2009), membership in the Religious Research Association, membership in the Association of Doctor of Ministry Educators and serving as a consultant for the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (2009-2011).

Dr. Chapman plays an active role as a lay leader at Hazelglen Alliance Church in Kitchener-Waterloo where he has attended since 1990.

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Dr. Terry LeBlanc

Indigenous Studies Program Director
Elder of the B.Ed. Program
416.226.6620 Ext. 2229

Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2012;

Areas of specialization: Intercultural Studies, Mission, Theology, World Religions.

Professor LeBlanc, a Mi’kmaq-Acadian, is the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways and also the founding Chair and current Director of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS), an indigenous learning community. Terry holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida, and specializes in Theology and Anthropology.

In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Tyndale, he also teaches at George Fox University and Seminary, in Portland, Oregon, and Acadia University and Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Terry has accrued over 38 years of community work experience in Native North American and global Indigenous contexts, including as an educator in theology, cultural anthropology and community development practice.

Terry has won several awards for his varied writings. In June 2010, he received the Dr. E.H. Johnson Memorial Award for Innovation in Mission for his work on the creation of NAIITS. In May 2015, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Acadia University.

NAIITS Faculty

  • Ray Aldred, Cree, Th.D. (Cand) (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
  • Cheryl Bear, Carrier Sekani, D.Min. (Masters University)
  • Cornelius A. Buller, Ph.D. (McMaster University)
  • Shalene Jobin, Cree/Metis, Ph.D. (University of Alberta)
  • Jeanine Lowe LeBlanc, Mi'kmaq-Acadian, M.Div. (Asbury)
  • Jennifer LeBlanc, Mi'kmaq-Acadian, M.Div. (Sioux Falls)
  • Terry LeBlanc, Mi'kmaq-Acadian, Ph.D (Asbury)
  • Jacqueline Ottmann, Saulteaux, Ph.D. (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Wendy Peterson, Métis, Ph.D. (ABD) (Asbury)
  • Andy Reimer, P.hD. (Sheffield)
  • Shari Russell, Saulteaux, M.A. (Providence)
  • Michael Rynkiewich, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
  • Catherine Schull, Metis, M.A. (McGill)
  • Patrick Scott, Ph.D. (University of Dundee, Scotland)
  • Andrea Smith, Cherokee-Ojibway, Ph.D. (University of California Santa Cruz)
  • Justine Smith, Cherokee-Ojibway, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
  • Randy Woodley, Keetoowah, Ph.D. (Asbury)
  • Danny Zacharias, Ojibway, Ph.D. (Cand) (Aberdeen)


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  • MDiv degree from an ATS accredited institution or equivalent
  • B average (3.0 GPA) in previous degree
  • 3 years of ministry experience after completion of MDiv
  • Currently in ministry
  • English language proficiency
  • Supportive references and endorsement from place of ministry
  • Application package completed by April 1, August 1, or November 1 for consideration.

Download the application below and forward your completed application form and application portfolio to:

Admissions Office
Tyndale Seminary
3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario,
M2M 3S4 Canada

 DMin Application Package (PDF)

If you have any questions please email Ryan Klassen who will be able to assist you.

 Note: There may be exceptions or upgrade pathways to the previous qualifications. For more information, please contact the Admissions Department or DMin director, Paul Bramer

The admissions committee considers qualifications and readiness and fit for the program and cohort.

The following is a list of all degrees, diplomas, and areas of study offered at Tyndale Seminary. As a graduate theological school, Tyndale Seminary admits students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college (see admissions requirements). Click on each of the items below to find descriptions, opportunities and course requirements.