Clair Allen Budd – Asbury University
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Professor of Christian Ministries

Department: Christian Studies Philosophy

Office: HU 137

Phone Extension: 2343

Clair Budd came to Asbury University in 1989 after 13 years of fulfilling ministry in several congregations. He grew up in Ohio where his dad was a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, and in early adolescence felt God’s call into full-time ministry — not even dreaming that God would eventually lead him into college teaching.

Dr. Budd completed degrees at Eastern Nazarene College, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Oregon State University, while always involved in church ministry. He was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1984 while serving the Oregon City (OR) Church of the Nazarene. He and his family are very active in the ministry of a nearby Nazarene congregation.

A frequent speaker in churches, Dr. Budd has several publications to his credit including several articles in the Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education. In addition, he has been selected three times as an “Outstanding Teacher in America.”

Current research focus is “Mentoring for Ministry” — a retrospective ethnographic study of the role mentoring plays in the discernment of, and preparation for, a call to vocational ministry. The study has been partially funded by a grant from Transformations, an Asbury University initiative supported by the Lilly Foundation.


Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1989

M.R.E., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1979

B.A., Eastern Nazarene College, 1974

Courses offered: 

  • CM 100 Ministry and Mission in the Contemporary Church
  • CM 211 Instructional Bible Study
  • CM 380 Organizational Strategies for Ministry
  • CM 475 Senior Seminar
  • EM 220 Teaching in the Church
  • CM 413 Introduction to Worship
  • EM 280 Foundations for Educational Ministry
  • CM 393 Seminar: Mentoring for Ministry
  • EM 360 Adult Ministry
  • LMN 352 Studying and Teaching the Bible
  • LMN 392 Congregational Education
  • LMN 434 Organizational Strategies for Ministry

Current research/scholarship: 

“Mentoring for Ministry” — a retrospective ethnographic study of the role mentoring has played in the lives of effective pastors.

“Pathways” — an exploration of the impact predecessors have in laying out the pathways by which the Church makes disciples.


Editorial Advisory Board, Christian Education Journal


Society of Professors in Christian Education

Wesleyan Theological Society

Ordained Elder, Church of the Nazarene

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