SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Questions? Contact

Rodney Reeves, Ph.D.
College Dean
(417) 328-1770

Clint Bass
Bing Bayer
Donald Denton
Jim Frost
Mike Fuhrman
Duke Jones
Kelly Malone
Zach Manis
Rodney Reeves

Mission Statement

The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry endeavors from a Christian perspective to teach students the Bible, our Christian heritage, and spiritual formation, and to prepare students for professional church vocations.

The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry prepares students for professional church vocations but also provides introductory courses for every SBU student in the Bible and spiritual formation.

Our graduates are prepared for seminary or further graduate study or church vocations, whether in local churches or overseas.

The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry is named in honor of the ministry of Dr. Courts Redford, who was President of Southwest Baptist College from 1930 to 1943, leading the then Junior College through one of its most uncertain periods. After serving 21 years with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, the last 10 years as the chief executive officer, he retired in 1964. After moving back to Bolivar in 1966, Dr. Redford again served Southwest as Interim President for nine months in 1967. The College’s Division of Christianity and Philosophy was officially renamed in his honor in the Fall of 1973. —See Dr. Courts Redford, his life and labors, by Geoffrey S. Swadley, c. 1974.

Job opportunities for Redford College students and graduates

Youth Minister (part-time)
Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo.
Contact Dr. John Lepper at

Minister of Missions (full-time)
First Baptist Church, Lebanon, Mo.
Send resumes to Deadline for resumes is April 10, 2015.

Pastor and Spiritual Leader (full-time)
First Baptist Church, Wheaton, Mo.
Contact Rick Staponski, chairman of the Pulpit Committee, at

Contemporary Worship and Outreach Leader (part-time)
Westside Baptist Church, Waynesville, Mo.
Send resume to Lindell Shelden, Westside Baptist Church, 801 Historic 66 W, Waynesville MO 65583.

Youth Pastor
First Baptist Church, Dighton, Kan.
Contact Danny Parker, pastor, at (620) 397-1753 or

Children's Ministry Director (part-time)
First Baptist Church, Diamond, Mo.
For questions or to submit a resume, contact Pastor Ron Crow at or (417) 325-6486.

CSU Director
Mineral Area College, Park Hills, Mo.
The Mineral Area Baptist Association is seeking resumes for a CSU Director for Mineral Area College. The position is dually funded by the Association and the Missouri Baptist Convention, and housing is provided. Send resumes to or 5169 Flat River Road, Farmington MO 63640.

Senior Pastor (full-time)
Winnwood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo.
Send resumes to Dennis McClain, Search Committee Chair, 4513 N Jackson Avenue, Kansas City MO 64117 or

Music and Youth Pastor (full-time)
First Baptist Church, Boonville, Mo.
Send resume, cover letter and references to or mail to: Search Team, First Baptist Church, 625 Main Street, Boonville MO 65233.

Youth and Worship Minister (full-time)
Four Winds Church, Conway, Ark.
Submit resumes, mp3 or video (if available), photo and references to

First Baptist Church, Trenton, Mo.
Send resumes to: Pastor Search Committee, 2421 Oklahoma Ave., Trenton MO 64683 or email to

Associate Pastor for Worship
First Baptist Church, Farmington, Mo.
Recommendations, resumes, or inquiries are welcome via email at (Attn: Personnel Committee); or in care of Personnel Committee, First Baptist Church, 210 North A Street, Farmington MO 63640.

Worship Pastor (full-time)
Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho, Mo.
Contact Austin Wylly at (251) 508-7489

Worship Leader and Student Minister
First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kan.
The FSBH Search Team is open to one full-time combination of both areas or two bi-vocational staff positions. Interested parties should email resumes (including ministry philosophy and five references) to

Worship Minister (full-time)
South Gate Baptist Church, Springfield, Mo.
To apply, please submit a resume and brief letter about yourself and your passions in ministry to or mail to South Gate Baptist Church, 5701 S Farm Rd 157, Springfield MO 65810. (A picture of you and your family, if applicable, and/or a video link or DVD of you leading in worship is desirable.)

Pastor (full-time)
1st Southern Baptist Church, Ava, Mo.
Contact Gina Clinkingbeard, chair of the Pastor Search Committee, at

Associate Pastor of Worship Arts and Student Ministry (full-time)
First Baptist Church, Anna, Ill.
Send resume and three references to: First Baptist Church of Anna, Attn: Personnel Committee, 409 Morgan St., Anna, IL 62806
Or submit by email to Lisa Simpkins at

Music Director (part-time)
Timber Ridge Baptist Church, Marshfield, Mo.
Contact Wayne Taylor at (417) 883-1751, (417) 576-2674 or

Associate Pastor of Worship (full-time)
Faith Baptist Church, Festus, Mo.
Submit resumes to Pastor Matt Culbertson at

Music Minister (part-time)
First Baptist Church, Moberly, Mo.
Contact the Church Office at (660) 263-5351 or Pastor Bob at

Iantha Baptist Church, Lamar, Mo.
Contact: Doug Sprouls at or (417) 214-1089.

Student Minister and Worship Leader
First Baptist Church, Sarcoxie, Mo.
Contact the Church Office at (417) 548-3990 or

Children and Youth Pastor
First Baptist Church, Calico Rock, Ark.
Contact: or (870) 297-8548

Minister of Music and Youth
First Baptist Church, Judsonia, Ark.
Contact: Chuck Williams at or (501) 279-6748

Bi-vocational Pastor
Weaubleau Baptist Church, Weaubleau, Mo.
Contact: Charles Hemphill at (417) 428-3415

Music Minister (part-time, with goal of becoming full-time)
First Baptist Church, Trenton, Mo.
For more information, contact Rev. Dennis S. Chesnut at (660) 359-3898.

Student Ministry Pastor and Children's Ministry Administrator (full-time)
First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, Mo.
Resumes may be sent to John Bennett at

Youth & Worship Minister (full or part-time)
Roby Baptist Church, Roby, Mo.
Resumes may be sent to

Pastor (full-time)
First Baptist Church, Osceola, Mo.
Contact Len Gilmore, Pastor Search Committee, at

Children's Pastor
Living Proof Church, Paola, Kan.
If interested, email Bo Gerken at

For more information on these opportunities, please contact Cindy Rhoads, secretary for the Department of Christian Ministry, at (417) 328-1760 or