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Information for Employers

Tamica Patterson (MDiv '16)

The School of Divinity provides resources for churches, non-profit organizations, chaplaincy agencies, and other potential employers looking to hire gifted leaders for their settings. Available resources include job listings, Denominational Days, Career Day, CPE Day, and on-campus recruiting.

For more information, contact Christopher T. Copeland, Director of Leadership Development & Spiritual Life at copelact@wfu.edu, 336.758.3629, or Wingate Hall 203B.

Submit a Job Listing

If your church or organization would like to post a job opening, please submit a job listing using our online form. Please note that Career Services only lists full and part time jobs. Internships are handled through the Art of Ministry program.

Additionally, School of Divinity alumni/ae are invited to post the job opening directly on LinkedIn by joining the Wake Forest School of Divinity private group. 

>> Submit a Job Listing

Denominational Days

The School of Divinity at Wake Forest University hosts approximately 4 denominational days each academic year by inviting clergy and denominational leaders to provide resources about their tradition with students, to preach and lead worship for chapel, and to meet individually with students who want to learn more about the denomination.

Denominational Days serve three primary purposes:

  • To educate and inform our students about different faith traditions
  • To provide an opportunity for students to discern and/or strengthen their denominational connections
  • To deepen connections between the School of Divinity and various faith traditions and religious communities.

If you are interested in participating in a Denominational Day, please contact Chris Copeland.

CPE Day

Recognizing the value of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for developing and strengthening the pastoral identity and leadership formation of students, the School of Divinity invites representatives from area CPE centers to share about their program offerings and invite students to learn more about the application process for both internships and residencies.

Clinical Pastoral Education supervisors from the following centers have attended CPE Day and offered information about their unique programs: 

  • Alamance Regional Medical Center
  • Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Durham VA Medical Center
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Rex Hospital
  • UNC Hospitals
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Wake Forest University School of Divinity is one of the few schools that offers 6 hours of elective credit at no charge for students who practice ministry in a CPE internship during the summer.

If you would like to participate in CPE Day at the School of Divinity, please contact Chris Copeland.

Career Day

Each year, the School of Divinity invites employers and representatives of ministry-related fields to Career Day. The primary purposes of Career Day are:

  • to educate and inform our students about different career fields and opportunities;
  • to provide an opportunity for employers to meet and network with our students; and,
  • to deepen connections between the School of Divinity and employers.

If you are interested in participating in Career Day, please contact Christopher T. Copeland.

On Campus Recruiting

Employers are encouraged to come to the Wake Forest University campus to meet with students who will be graduating from the School of Divinity and are seeking employment.

Employers may hold information sessions that describe the position or positions available and the attributes of working for that church, organization, school or business. The information session may be followed up by open sign-up interviews in which students have the opportunity to sign up for an interview and employers agree to interview all who sign up by a specific deadline, set by the employer.

Employers may also contact Career Services to request resumes that meet certain criteria for the available position (for example, Baptist students interested in youth ministry, Disciples students seeking to be a pastor, etc.). Potential employers may then directly request interviews with selected students from that list, who may accept or decline the interview. 

Wake Forest School of Divinity students and graduates are serving as outstanding leaders in congregations, non-profit organizations, chaplaincy, and other ministry settings. Potential employers are encouraged to contact Chris Copeland, Director of Leadership Development & Spiritual Life, to meet our students and to set up opportunities for information sessions and interviews.

About Wake Forest Graduates

Each year, Wake Forest University confers the Master of Divinity degree to 35-45 School of Divinity graduates. These men and women utilize their theological education in a wide variety of professions, including the following:

  • Lay and ordained pastoral ministry in congregations
  • Non-profit and organizational leadership
  • Chaplaincy in healthcare, continuing care, prison, and military settings
  • Community development, advocacy, and social justice work
  • Secondary education, higher education, and community colleges
  • Communications, writing, and editing

The Wake Forest University course of study prepares students for these careers in the following ways:

  • Rigorous academic training promoting critical thinking, creative writing, and gifted speaking
  • University-based education providing opportunities for multi-disciplinary learning
  • Unparalleled internship experience through the Art of Ministry program
  • Integration of faith and action through intentional community engagement
  • Leadership in the worship life of the school

 Please contact Chris Copeland for more information at copelact@wfu.edu, 336.758.3629, or Wingate Hall 203B.