Doctor of MinistryPolicies and Procedures

The Doctor of Ministry program at SFTS is under the auspices of the Advanced Pastoral Studies (APS) Committee. The faculty of SFTS exercises its authority and oversight of the program through this committee, which sets policies pertaining to the program; considers applications; admits students; evaluates topics, designs, and manuscripts of student dissertation/projects; and recommends students for graduation to the Faculty, and through the faculty to the Board of Trustees. 

The APS office is staffed by director Rev. Dr. Virstan Choy and program manager Gail Priestley, and is located in Room 112 of Montgomery Hall. The staff establishes internal procedures based on the approved policies of the APS committee, to facilitate the prompt and fair processing of academic matters, Accessible from this page are two documents pertaining to policies and procedures.

DP Guide

The Dissertation/Project Guide is for D.Min. students. It provides information about the Dissertation/Project phase of the Doctor of Ministry program, walking the reader through a step-by-step process and providing sample forms and proposals. The guide also explains various policies pertaining to the D/P process, such as the policies on plagiarism and on inclusive language.

APS Procedures and Policies

The document called APS Policies and Procedures lists in alphabetical order the various policies and procedures that inform the work of the APS committee and office. Topics include the admission process, grading, tuition and other financial matters, certification, and withdrawal from the program.

If you have any questions about either of these documents, please contact:

Gail Priestley, APS Program Manager, 415.451.2865;
Virstan Choy, APS Director, 415.451.2842;


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