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February 26, 2020

D.Min. Student Pastors – Reflections on Ministry | Grace Seminary Podcast

Pastoring as a Student

The pastor’s role is a complicated one. It is not a job for the faint of heart, nor is it a wise path to pursue without proper education and training. However, life in ministry is rarely a clear-cut experience, and comes with its share of difficulty and uncertainty. This is certainly true for those who pursue a theological education while actively pastoring a congregation. In today’s episode of the Grace Seminary Podcast, Dr. Freddy Cardoza interviews four such student-pastors pursuing a D.Min degree to increase their knowledge and understanding while they continue in their respective ministries.

For more information about completing a D.Min degree, connect with Dr. Rock Lagioia here:

Rock LaGioia

Rock LaGioia

Rock LaGioia, Professor of Pastoral Studies, is passionate about building up the body of Christ by training the next generation of effective church leaders. Rock has many years of pastoral experience and enjoys preaching and teaching sound doctrine regularly at worship services, conferences, and seminars.


  • D.Min. 2007 Preaching, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
  • Th.M. 1992 Practical Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
  • M.Div. 1991 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
  • B.A. 1989 Pastoral Studies (Greek Emphasis), Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois
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The Host of Grace Seminary Podcast, Dr. Freddy Cardoza

Dr. Freddy Cardoza, Grace Seminary Dean and Host of the Grace Seminary Podcast
Dr. Freddy Cardoza

Dr. Freddy Cardoza is Dean of Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He serves as Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership and oversees all bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the School of Ministry Studies, including its traditional, online, blended, and Deploy programs

Freddy holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from Southern Seminary, and has 25 years of academic experience overlapping with 20 years of local church pastoral experience. He has traveled to dozens of countries, equipping ministers on three continents. His new textbook, entitled Christian Education, was released by Baker Publishing Group in 2019.