Youth Ministry

About the Course

There are many great stories of churches attracting young people, and having an impact on their lives, but the national trend suggests that increasing numbers of this generation are disconnecting from both the church and the Christian faith. Our desire on the Youth Ministry track is to inspire, shape and prepare Christians to engage with both the challenges and opportunities this creates.

Run in partnership with Limitless (the youth movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland), and Regents Theological College, the Youth Track degree has been designed to launch people into ministry with young people.

Along with Track Leader Ollie Ward, Tim Alford (The National Director of Limitless), and a gifted team of visiting lecturers and youth leaders, the course combines teaching, mentoring, and experiential learning from both a practical and academic point-of-view.

The Track aims to enhance both the biblical and theological knowledge of students, enabling them to practically minister specifically in a youth context, grounded in a developing walk with God.

Validation and Entry Requirements

The course is validated by The University of Chester.

If you are under 21 years of age, the entry requirements are GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and two A levels. If you are over 21,  the requirement is GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and with the discretion of Regents Theological College.

Awards

Three year Bachelors of Arts with Honours in Applied Theology, with an optional exit Certificate of Higher Education after one year, or Diploma of Higher Education after two years.

Course Leaders

Ollie Ward, BA (Hons), MA

Whilst working as a youth worker at Sheringham Baptist Church, Ollie set up Velocity Youth Theatre igniting his passion for theology and the performing arts. In 2009 this led him to study at Regents to further explore the synthesis of Applied Theology and Performing Arts, gaining a BA (Hons). He went on to complete an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practices at the University of Worcester, whilst he continued to lead youth theatres and work with young people. His research interests are in practical theology and contemporary culture, theatre that has a social impact, community and political theatre, and the interaction between philosophy and performance. His inspiration comes from practitioners like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who engaged young people in authentic spirituality, Augusto Boal, who used theatre for social change, and Peter Brook, who attempted to make the invisible, present on stage.

Youth Track Course Leader and Performing Arts Track tutor

Whilst working as a youth worker at Sheringham Baptist Church, Ollie set up Velocity Youth Theatre igniting his passion for theology and the performing arts. In 2009 this led him to study at Regents to further explore the synthesis of Applied Theology and Performing Arts, gaining a BA (Hons). He went on to complete an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practices at the University of Worcester, whilst he continued to lead youth theatres and work with young people. His research interests are in practical theology and contemporary culture, theatre that has a social impact, community and political theatre, and the interaction between philosophy and performance. His inspiration comes from practitioners like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who engaged young people in authentic spirituality, Augusto Boal, who used theatre for social change, and Peter Brook, who attempted to make the invisible, present on stage.

Rev. Tim Alford

Tim is the National Director of “Limitless”, the youth movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland. He is a passionate communicator of the gospel, having spoken at churches, conferences, schools and events all over the world. He is the former frontman of [dweeb], a frustrated supporter of Arsenal, and lives in Malvern with his wife Jen and his son Tobijah.

Specialist Youth Track Lecturer

Tim is the National Director of “Limitless”, the youth movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland. He is a passionate communicator of the gospel, having spoken at churches, conferences, schools and events all over the world. He is the former frontman of [dweeb], a frustrated supporter of Arsenal, and lives in Malvern with his wife Jen and his son Tobijah.