Grand Canyon University Announces Formation of the College of Christian Studies

December 13, 2011


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 The private, Christian university has hired youth ministry expert Dr. Steven Gerali
to lead the new college

PHOENIX (Dec. 13, 2011) - Grand Canyon University will debut its brand new College of Christian Studies to students at the start of the spring semester on Jan. 9. The new college reflects the University's Christian mission and vision and brings a leading youth ministry expert to campus to lead and grow the program to a new level.

Students will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies or a Master of Arts in Christian Studies (with possible emphasis in Christian Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, Urban Ministry or Youth Ministry).

Dr. Steven Gerali has been hired as Dean of the new college, bringing his expertise in the field of adolescent mentoring and youth ministering. Gerali has extensive education, including two doctoral degrees, in the fields of religion and counseling psychology. He served for more than 25 years as Pastor of Student Ministries in various churches and most recently served as Professor of Youth Ministry/Practical Theology and Director of the undergraduate degree program in Youth Ministry at Azusa Pacific University in California.

Dr. Gerali also has published several books, including "How to Stay Christian in High School" and "Teenage Guys: Exploring the Issues that Teenage Guys Face and the Strategies to Help Them."

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Gerali to head our new College of Christian Studies," said Dr. Kathy Player, GCU President. "Our Christian heritage is a big part of who we are at GCU and creating a stand-alone college dedicated to the study of Christianity will help support the mission of our University."

Grand Canyon University students, faculty and staff represent more than 20 Christian denominations, which fosters an environment of meaningful dialogue and mutual respect.

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in six colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit


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