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Scholarship with a Shepherd’s Heart

Strengthening the
local church

Phoenix Seminary believes that training men and women for Christ-like ministry must be done in partership with the local church. Biblical principles and skills learned in the classroom must be practically expressed in a ministry setting to be fully grasped. Therefore, Phoenix Seminary endeavors to assist church leaders and to strengthen local churches.

Church Partnerships

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In addition to theological training, Phoenix Seminary also provides helpful resources for our ministry partners:

Continuing Education
for Pastors & Ministry Leaders

Full-time pastors and ministry leaders can take one non-credit course per year tuition-free, and Phoenix Seminary alumni can take one non-credit course per semester tuition-free.

Access to Our Exceptional
Biblical Research Center

Our Biblical Research Center is the largest private theological library in Arizona. Our extensive and diverse materials are available to local pastors, missionaries, and ministry leaders.

Pulpit Supply
and Bible Teachers

Excellent biblical communicators from our faculty, staff, and student body are available to preach and teach God’s Word in area churches, classes, seminars, or retreats.

Coaching & Consulting

Our experienced faculty and staff can provide aid and development for your church leadership in areas such as pastoral searches, resolving conflict, strategic planning, and more.

Ministry Job Board

Through bi-weekly communication of ministry openings and opportunities to our alumni and student body, churches and ministries can be connected with prospective staff members.

Conferences, Seminars, & Workshops

We provide conferences and seminars that bring ministry leaders together to connect with each other and to learn best ministry practices.


Todd Roper Headshot

Phoenix Seminary was instrumental in providing Bethany Bible Church long term preaching and leadership during a much needed time. Our transition between senior pastors created a sensitive need that was filled in an exceptional way through Rick Efird’s leadership. A very heartfelt thank you to Phoenix Seminary for being sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and helping during this time of need.

Todd Roper

Bethany Bible Church

Tim Birdwell Headshot

As a new church plant, we realized that we couldn’t do it alone. Phoenix Seminary and people like Rick Efird made sure we didn’t have to. They have helped us through sharing best ministry practices, providing assessment and training for our leaders, and teaching our congregation. I am grateful for the investment Phoenix Seminary has made in our church. More people love Jesus and are being equipped to lead others to Jesus because of their commitment and generosity.

Tim Birdwell

Founding/Lead Pastor
Phoenix Bible Church

John H. Talley III Headshot

Every pastor needs someone who is older, wiser, more experienced, and loving to care for them in their phases in ministry. That is especially true for young pastors like me. Rick Efird is a servant leader that has graciously emulated godliness to me. Having a meaningful relationship with him will continue to develop me as a pastor for years to come.

John H. Talley III

Executive Pastor, Mission & Vision
Roosevelt Community Church

Rick Efird

Meet Rick Efird

Director of Church Partnerships

Rick has over 40 years of experience in pastoral ministry and has been involved with Phoenix Seminary in a variety of ways since its beginning. In his present role, he seeks to encourage pastors, to network them with other ministry leaders, and to provide them with resources that enhance their personal and ministry effectiveness.


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Meet Christian Cordova

Hispanic Studies Director

Christian has been involved in Hispanic ministry since 2007 and earned his Master of Divinity from Phoenix Seminary in 2021. In his current role, he seeks to connect and minister to pastors and ministry leaders from Hispanic communities. He is also developing a program entirely in Spanish to train men and women for an honoring Christ-like ministry.


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Phoenix Seminary does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, disability, or age. Phoenix Seminary admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, disability, or age in administration of its educational policies, school-administered programs, student admissions, financial aid, or employment.