Vertical Impact University is a Christ-centered institution committed to developing leaders to impact the world.  Our programs allow students to graduate debt-free through quality, practical, and relevant education.


Mission:  Vertical Impact University exists to empower leaders by providing high quality biblical education.

Vision:  Empowered leaders impacting the world.

  • Quality: Very best in ministerial studies

  • Affordability: No heavy burden of excess debt

  • Flexibility: Courses delivered for busy leaders

  • Pathway to Your Doctorate

  • Strengthen Your Calling and Purpose

  • High Tech and On Demand Courses

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Vertical Impact University is an online and distance learning institution.  No matter where you live around the world, you can take online/on-demand courses.  Complete course work on your timeline at your own pace. 

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There are many members of our faculty that are distinguished and world-renowned offering ministerial theological education. CLICK HERE to learn more about the faculty. 

From our President

Dr. Kiley Callaway

At Vertical Impact University, we strive not just to provide an education that leads to a future in ministry, but to encourage you as a leader to deepen your faith as you broaden your knowledge and skills. Our degree programs are designed to be practical as well as academic, preparing you for ministry and service in the fulfillment of your call.  Our primary goal is empowering you with a high quality biblical education that builds a solid foundation in your life, in the church and into the world.

To this end, Vertical Impact University is committed to offering:

  • QUALITY:  Courses taught by recognized experts in their field of ministry.

  • AFFORDABLE:   Delivering quality education at the lowest possible cost.

  • FLEXIBLE:   We can deliver courses in a way that best fits your unique needs.


Vertical Impact University was birthed out of a apostolic heart to empower leaders in the body of Christ.  With more than 20 years of ministry experience, this continues to be our call. Through the partnership with Christian Life Education Network, Vertical Impact University will maintain a passion for equipping leaders in the Body of Christ, in order to make an impact in the world.

Vertical Impact University offers our students a rich variety of programs with a qualified faculty.

The current administration is forever conscious of the deep responsibility to the leaders in the body of Christ.

To all who are educated with us and to those who will join us, we express our gratitude.

Our Faith

The Bible

We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that none may add or take away from it.

(Revelation 22:18-19, Deuteronomy 4:2, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16, John 1:1)


The Trinity

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and these three are one God.

(John 14:9-28)


The Church

We believe that the Church consists of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and made new people in Christ Jesus.

(Ephesians 2:22, Matthew 16:18)

The Savior

We believe that all that have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that through the death and risen power of Christ, all who believe and confess Jesus as Lord can be saved from the penalty and power of sin. Jesus is the only way for salvation.

(Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9; 8:1, Acts 4:12, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9) 

The Baptism of Water

We believe the Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ.

Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.


The Healer

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the healer and that healing is provided for in the atonement.

(James 5:15-16, Matthew 9:35, Luke 6:19, 1 Corinthians 12:28)

The Return of Jesus

We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive to Himself all born again believers.

(John 14:3, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 15:52)

The Gifts

We believe that the Church should claim and express the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 12:8-10)


 Courses offered by Vertical Impact University receive accreditation through partnership with Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLST Global). CLST Global has met the requirements for exemption from applicable Georgia law as a religious institution under the provision of the Post-secondary Educational Authorization Act, Georgia Code 20-3-100 et seq. As a result, CLST Global awards a variety of Ministry Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees ranging from an Associate of Theology through a Doctor of Theology.


CLST Global is a member of the International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries. The IABCS is a standards-based certification association registered as an accreditation body. The IABCS provides certification that CLST Global adheres to standardized operating requirements in keeping with, and acceptable to, other institutions of higher education. Membership allows CLST Global to maintain its evangelical integrity, while operating according to the highest academic standards. You can view additional information about IABCS here.

CLST Global is a member of the Academic Council for Educational Accountability (formerly known as the Apostolic Council for Educational Accountability). ACEA was founded to provide academic credibility through accountability and association. ACEA is a network of Christian education and Christian training programs and schools. Information about ACEA is available here.

CLST Global is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and is approved by ACSI to issue Continuing Education Units (CEU) to CLST Global students and to students at CLEN member schools such as Vertical Impact University. This means that CLST Global courses are recognized by many Christian schools for meeting their teachers’ continuing education requirements. ACSI is the largest provider of programs and services to Christian schools in the world and serves thousands of pre-school, elementary, and secondary institutions. Contact your local school district for applicable guidelines. More information about ACSI can be obtained from their website here.



 Vertical Impact Network is the ministry leadership and coaching arm for anyone desiring to grow their ministry and for all 

 Vertical Impact University students .

Vertical Impact Network is a team of pastors and a movement of churches pursuing a common mission, “To impact this world for Christ by training, empowering, appointing and mobilizing leaders into churches that are training, empowering, appointing, and mobilizing leaders into the world."