The Children's Ministry major in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University is designed to prepare you for work as a director of children's ministries in a local church or to serve in various para-church organizations which serve the needs of children such as church-related schools, Christian camps, and mission agencies. The faculty is experienced and innovative. All faculty members who teach courses in this major have extensive practical ministry experience as well as graduate degrees in their areas of expertise. Their education and experience will give you a great deal of local church, practical, and experiential learning in combination with foundational classroom theory.

Keith Springer; MDiv, DMin Assoc Prof; Religion | Interim Assoc Dean; Theology & Ministry keith.springer@indwes.edu Department - Ministry Division - *Theology & Ministry


Dr. Springer has been a professor at IWU since 1990. He has 17 years experience as a senior pastor, minister of Christian education and minister to children. Dr. Springer is married and has two daughters. With his wife, Gen, he is involved in many local church ministries. His daughter, Michelle, has served as a counselor at Taylor University, and his daughter, Janae, serves on the staff of a local church.

Educational Background:

  • A.A., 1966, Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • A.B., 1969, Southern Nazarene University
  • M.Div., 1972, Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • D.Min., 2002, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary


Dr. Springer has spoken at many leadership-training events, camps, and conferences for children, youth and adults. He has been actively involved with several parachurch organizations. He is particularly interested in inner-city missions and served as director of an inner-city ministries organization in Kansas City. He has participated in mission trips to Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Mexico. In 2002, he served as an adjunct professor at Christian Evangelical Wesleyan College in Russia.

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