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Degrees awarded:

  • MCC – Master in Christian Counseling
  • MCCC – Master in Clinical Christian Counseling
  • MPC – Master in Pastoral Counseling
  • MCPC – Master in Clinical Pastoral Counseling
  • DCC – Doctor in Christian Counseling
  • DCCC – Doctor in Clinical Christian Counseling
  • DPC – Doctor in Pastoral Counseling
  • DCPC – Doctor in Clinical Pastoral Counseling
  • DSM – CCC Doctor in Specialized Ministry – Advanced Clinical Christian Counseling*
    *second doctorate only


Northwind Theological Seminary offers online degree programs designed for bi-vocational, second career and lay ministry students seeking a non-traditional educational foundation for their ministry. The Seminary operates under a Religious Exemption from the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. Northwind administrative offices are located in Winter Garden, Florida.

Northwind was founded by Rev. Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr. after his retirement from Bacone College where he served as President and Professor of Religion. Bacone was a regionally accredited college that used the APS for every freshman & transfer student and offered NCCA training as part of its Christian Ministry Degree program.

Dr. Duncan was the recipient of the Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno 2009 Temperament Award. He has served as a frequent speaker at the NCCA Annual Conference. Dr. Richard Arno is a Northwind Board Member and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Counseling Ministries at Northwind.

Northwind Theological Seminary’s Christian Counseling and Life Coaching degrees are accredited by the Accrediting Commission International. Northwind is a member of the Florida Council of Private Colleges and a Certification Candidate for the Council of Private Colleges in America.

Northwind is an institutional member of:

  • ACCESS – The Association of Christian Distance Education
  • DTL – The Digital Theological Library

Northwind has partnered with the following organizations to offer courses and degrees that meet their educational requirements for ordination:

  • American Baptist Churches – USA
  • Paragon Christian Alliance International