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Center for Media Ministry


Where cinema, religion & worldview intersect

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Center for Media Ministry


Where cinema, religion & worldview intersect

Center Produces Student-Directed TV Series In ISrael

By the Sea of Galilee: Scribner and Cinematographer Gary McLain compose a shot of Cosaert and his Bible.


Erik Edstrom, a WWU student, during the film production of The Way a modern retelling of Saul's redemption.

The Center for Media Ministry partnered with Dr. Carl Cosaert, WWU professor of Theology, to produce a six-episode TV series on the sites in Carl's famous Holy Land tour, and the gospel of Mark.

Grad student Rachel Scribner, from the Cinema, Religion, & Worldview program directed the project, and Cosaert created and hosted the series.

Click over the news page to see Rachel's blog posts on the adventure.

 


 

What we do:

Our center strives to be the Seventh-day Adventist hub where students, educators, leaders, and organizations find insight and training related to the effective use of cinema, web and interactive media, and all kinds of communication for Christ-centered ministry.
 

What Supporters say:

“In most peoples’ minds, there is an apparent dichotomy between religion and movies, pastors and filmmakers. But I believe that this dichotomy does not exist. In a movie, the story, the drama, the music all blend together to create the most powerful culture-changing weapon of our time.”
—Joel Sutherland

This video was made back in 2016, when our program was brand-new. We've almost finished our first cohort, since then. Look at where we started!

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Jesus Told Stories - Parables


"Just telling a story. That's cinema....It's a simple story that's well-made."

-Jean Dujardin

Jesus Told Stories - Parables


"Just telling a story. That's cinema....It's a simple story that's well-made."

-Jean Dujardin

OUR Mission

At the center for media ministry, we believe that cinema, web and interactive media, and other new forms of storytelling are key to communicating with the post modern world. We want to inspire our students to creativity, innovation, and excellence in all their media endeavors. Our teachers foster critical thinking and creative methods of presenting Biblical themes in today's culture and language. And we cultivate the development and use of thorough, informative research methods in media and ministry.

 Above: Screen capture from  My Father  a film for Lebanese audiences by M.A. student Jose Segovia Below: A student crew works with guest director Richard Ramsey during an on-campus intensive   

Above: Screen capture from My Father a film for Lebanese audiences by M.A. student Jose Segovia
Below: A student crew works with guest director Richard Ramsey during an on-campus intensive

 

 Adventist media pioneer Jim Hannum prepares for an interview with the center director as M.A. students Julio Munoz and Rachel Scribner record

Adventist media pioneer Jim Hannum prepares for an interview with the center director as M.A. students Julio Munoz and Rachel Scribner record

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Cinema, Religion and Worldview


In our degree program, students and professors work together to develop creative new ways to share important messages.

Cinema, Religion and Worldview


In our degree program, students and professors work together to develop creative new ways to share important messages.

Our Degree

Our Master of Arts degree combines top-quality instruction in the narrative, artistic, and technical creation of films with some classes in web and interactive filmmaking, and related media. We also explore: sharing the gospel in non-offensive ways, foundations of Christian theology and worldview, and conversations with people of different worldviews. The MA gives serious film creators the technical, artistic and intellectual skills they need to create powerful, beautiful films and change their world.

Our next degree cohort starts in August, 2018. The application deadline is August 15, 2018.
Submit your application by May, 2018, and we will waive your application fee.
Learn more about our degree
 

 

Master of Arts in Cinema, Religion, & Worldview


Finish in Two Years!

Live at home, continue to work—an online program with short residencies. Create documentary, narrative film, interactive and mobile media, and all kinds of film and related media, and use it to change your world.

Core Classes

  • COMM 545 - Media, Culture and
    Worldview (2) 

  • RELM 560 - Spiritual & Social Influence through Media (3)

  • COMM 575 - Communication Theory (4)

  • RELM 585 - Communicating Religious and Spiritual Messages (3)

  • COMM 589 - Research Methods (4)

  • COMM 590 Project or Thesis (8) 

  • COMM 596 - Graduate Seminar (1)

  • RELM 550 Christian Mission (3)

 

  • RELT 565 - Foundational Theology (3)

  • RELT 567 - Foundational Narratives (3)

  • COMM 505 - The Production Process: Script to Screen (2)

  • COMM 510 - Filmmaking Basics
    Seminar (3)

  • COMM 520 - Editing and Post
    Production (3)

  • COMM 525 - Producing for Interactive and Mobile Media (2)

  • COMM 580 - Redemptive Cinema (3) 

Program Electives

  • COMM 530 - Media Management and Ministries (2)

  • COMM 565 - Web Ministry (2) 

  • COMM 579 - Directed Study/Project (2) 

  • MGMT 575 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (4) 

  • GRPH 537 - Web Design and
    Management (3)

 

 


Job Outlook

Narrative and/or Documentary Film - Understand stories better

Director and/or Producer - Take the lead, tell a story

New Media Pioneer - Try new things with technology

Mission Organizations  - Tell stories for groups like ADRA, or Maranatha

Communication Departments -- Work at Conferences and Unions 

Health and Wellness Promotion - Help hospitals, corporations, etc. 

 

 

Professor - Teach at Christian or secular universities,

National/International Media Ministries  - Such as Hope Channel, or 3ABN

Local Christian Television & Radio  - Such as Better Life TV, KGTS, or KFIS

Media Ministry Pastor  Minister to your congregation in today's language

Media Missionary or Social Advocate - Make your messages count
 

 

WWU students Michael Franks and Mitchell Kessler work on composing a shot.

A student sets up lights for a scene inside a car.

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Our Faculty


Meet the professors who guide our students

Our Faculty


Meet the professors who guide our students


Lynelle Ellis: Program Director - Cinema Religion, and Worldview
Ellis is just completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University where her doctoral dissertation focused on the conflict between the church and visual media--both past and present. Her Master of Arts degree is in Communication in Ministry from Spring Arbor University (2009). Her work experience includes 13 years as station manager of a Christian television ministry where she developed, produced, directed and hosted programming, led fundraising, and managed staff members and volunteers. Ellis has taught communication for close to 10 years at both Walla Walla University and Southern Adventist University.
 

 Lynelle Ellis

Lynelle Ellis


Jerry Hartman - Film, Television, and Culture
Hartman is associate professor of film, television, and culture in the Communications and Languages department at Walla Walla University. He is an active member of the University of Film and Video Association (ufva.org) and has presented at previous conferences. One of his documentaries was produced in collaboration with Indigenous and Maroon communities in Suriname, South America. Hartman utilizes a community directed filmmaking approach to empower indigenous people to tell their stories. Indigenous Suriname (2008) has screened in film festivals in the US, Ecuador, and the Caribbean as well as being televised in Suriname. In 2008, Indigenous Suriname inspired a $10,000 award to the Organization of Indigenous People in Suriname. In 2010, the documentary was translated into Spanish and the film received an award for the “social organization process of Indigenous Peoples” at the X Film and Video Festival of Indigenous Peoples, in Quito, Ecuador. The film also screened at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City as part of the Native American Film + Video Festival in 2011. Hartman is also a founding member of Eclectic Reel, a nonprofit organization using media for advocacy and education focusing on community building, human rights, and environmental justice. He holds an M.F.A. (2008) from National University.

     Jerry Hartman


Brent Bergherm - Graphics and Web Design
Bergherm is an assistant professor in the Department of Technology’s Design Program. He teaches courses in graphics and web design. Bergherm is an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician and holds a Master of Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Digital Photography. Bergherm continually participates in continuing education and professional development in the web design field. He participates in two e-commerce businesses where he is a general partner. His responsibilities involve managing the websites and ensuring the user experience is smooth and worry free. Bergherm is a 1999 WWU graduate with a B.A. in Commercial Art and minors in Business and Graphic Arts Technology. 

 Brent Bergherm

Brent Bergherm


Paul Dybdahl - Theology, Mission, and Culture
Dybdahl holds a Ph.D. in Missiology (2004) from Andrews University and has been teaching at Walla Walla University since 2001. His academic interest centers on the issues related to the effective communication of the gospel, especially across cultural barriers. He was born in Thailand and spent the first eight years of his life in Asia before moving to the Walla Walla valley. He graduated from Walla Walla College in 1992 as a Theology major and accepted a call to pastor in the Oregon Conference, where he served for nearly five years. During that time he earned his M.Div (1995) from Andrews University.

 


 Paul Dybdahl

Paul Dybdahl


              David Thomas

David Thomas - Theology and Worldiview
Thomas was Dean of the School of Theology at Walla Walla University, from 2001 - 2018, and though he is now stepping down from the dean position, he continues to teach in the school. His pastoral experience ranges from small, rural, multi-church districts to large, multi-staff congregations.  He has been a member of numerous denominational committees, and has twice been a delegate to a General Conference session.  His academic interests lie primarily in the fields of preaching, systematic theology, and Christian apologetics.  Thomas was born near Cape Town of British missionary parents.  He spent his formative years in various countries in sub-Sahara Africa then emigrated to the United States.  He attended Atlantic Union College, graduating in 1975 with a degree in Theology.  After attending seminary, he was employed as a pastor by the Southern New England Conference where he worked for 17 years pastoring both rural and urban churches in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  In 1995 he accepted a call to pastor the College Place Village Church. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Andrews University.