PhD of Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership (PHDL)


Become the Leader God Called you to Be

Why Earn a PhD in Leadership through Capital?

Leading from Christ’s Love

Get the education you need to further prepare and equip yourself as a leader, educator or administrator. Our Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership degree is cohort-based and has alternative delivery methods. When you study in LBC | Capital’s PhD in leadership, you’ll learn under the tutelage of expert faculty members and international ministry leaders.

This program is built upon a framework that understands organizations to be dynamic and developmental in nature. The program promotes a balanced model of leadership that recognizes the importance of biblical values, incorporates the best of social science literature, cultivates inspiring vision and godly virtues and gives attention to the details of leadership management practices.

What Makes our Program Different?

Designed for highly motivated students, this program is well-suited for pastors, missionaries, para-church ministry leaders, teachers, and other Christian leaders looking for a way to heighten their professional development and give them a deep understanding of biblical leadership. Other benefits include:

  • Doesn’t require full-time residency, allowing students to remain active in their ministries or vocations.
  • Courses are delivered in a unique, blended learning model that combines online and face-to-face classes – and only requires a few weeks of residency for the entire program!
  • Earn your seminary degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.

“He must become greater; I must become less.” - John 3:30

In This Program, Students Will…

  • As a result of completing the PhD in Leadership program, the student will gain the ability to think and execute skillfully as a servant leader. This core competency focuses on the acquisition of the essential knowledge, heart-level commitments, and skills needed to carry out the servant leadership model.
  • As a result of completing the PhD in Leadership program, the student will gain the ability to think and execute skillfully as a leader-teacher. This core competency focuses on the acquisition of indispensible knowledge and rational skills necessary in comprehending human development processes, learning theory, and the teaching-learning process. 
  • As a result of completing the PhD in Leadership program, the student will gain the ability to think and execute skillfully as an organizational leader. This core competency focuses on the acquisition of comprehensive knowledge of major leadership theories and related practice. 
  • As a result of completing the PhD in Leadership program, the student will gain the ability to think and execute skillfully as an organizational change agent. This core competency focuses on the essential knowledge, theory-base, and skills needed to function as an agent of change within a church, mission organization, faith-based organization, non-profit organization, or an institution of higher education. 
  • As a result of completing the PhD in Leadership program, the student will gain the ability to think and execute skillfully as a researcher-scholar. This core competency focuses on the development of research skills necessary in the completion of a research doctoral degree. 

Curriculum Plan

PhD Leadership (60 Credits)

Servant Leader: 8 Credits
Leader-Teacher: 8 Credits
Organizational Leader: 8 Credits
Change Agent: 8 Credits
Reseracher-Scholar: 28 Credits


View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

Hear from a Student: Doctoral Student

Capital Student

"Capital really understands how to integrate your study with people who are doing ministry in a high-paced and intensive environment. The combination of being part of a cohort, studying online and doing some intensives together is a really good balance. They really cracked the code in helping to integrate your study and the work with the ministry you are doing daily."

- Author & Pastor Darren Whitehead, Church of the City, Nashville

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Kevin Gushiken

Director, PhD of Leadership

"My greatest joy is seeing students discover a topic they hope to research that energizes their passions and aims to make a lasting impact on the global church." — Dr. Gushiken

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Dr. Rick Rhoads

Chair of the Church & Ministry Leadership Department

"Who we are and how we live together is what we teach." — Dr. Rhoads

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