Memphis Theological Seminary Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:01:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MTS hosts Episcopal Clergy Luncheon Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:53:44 +0000 photo (39)MTS President Dr. Jay Earheart Brown visited with Rev. Andy Andrews of St Mary’s Episcopal Church and Rev. Billy Vaughn, Formation for Ministry Director at MTS, after the Episcopal Clergy Luncheon hosted by MTS on Thursday, January 22, 2015. The event was part of the community advancement program hosted by the seminary. To learn more about the seminary and ways you can support MTS’ mission of educating faith leaders for ministry in the real world, please contact Dr. Keith Gaskin, Vice President of Advancement, 901.334.5811,

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MTS welcomes community members to the annual Ruby Wharton Luncheon Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:57:02 +0000 Wharton LuncheonMTS hosted the annual Ruby Wharton Luncheon on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Historically, the Ruby Wharton Luncheon has been an opportunity for professional women to become introduced and invited to become Friends of MTS. Held in honor of our esteemed Trustee and First Lady of our City, Mrs. Ruby Wharton, lends her name and great influence to bring together professional women, attorneys, physicians, entrepreneurs to this annual luncheon.

Formerly known as the Ruby Wharton Holiday Luncheon, this year’s luncheon ha been renamed the Ruby Wharton Legacy Luncheon held on Dr. King’s actual birthday, Thursday, January 15, 2015. Our theme this year was Excellence in Education, and we recognized educators in our community who have made a difference. We recognized Mrs. Ophelia W. Flowers who retired from the former Memphis City School System with 45 years of excellence in education both as an educator and administrator.

The focus on excellence in education gives the Starks Advancement team the perfect opportunity to discuss the important role of theological education in preparing and equipping faith leaders who, like Dr. King and Dr. Henry Logan Starks, will become change agents in addressing the concerns of our community today.

Click here to learn more about the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner & Awards Ceremony and to purchase tickets.

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MTS celebrates the 28th Annual Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner and Awards Ceremony Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:26:49 +0000 MTS will soon celebrate the 28th Annual Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner & Awards Ceremony, Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m., The Hilton Memphis Ballroom, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee. This event celebrates the legacy of Dr. Henry Logan Starks and benefits the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships for full time African American students at MTS with a 3.0 GPA, who are following Dr. Starks’ example in their pursuit of theological excellence. The Starks Scholarship Dinner and Awards Ceremony honors the legacy of Memphis Theological Seminary’s first African American professor and salutes individuals who embody his spirit and service. The net proceeds of this event help to fund the Starks Endowment.

Honorary Scholarship Dinner Co-Chairs
Ms. Gale Jones Carson, MLGW Director of Corporate Communications, Memphis, Tennessee
Dr. Eric L. Winston, Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee


Legacy Award
The Former Prescott Memorial Baptist Church

President’s Humanitarian Award
Mrs. Rachel Shankman
Facing History and Ourselves (retired)
Memphis, Tennessee

Dr. Henry Logan Starks Distinguished Service Award
JoeAnn Ballard
Neighborhood Christian Center (retired)
Memphis, Tennessee

Outstanding African American Alumna Award
Rev. Pearly Mae Stone
Senior Pastor, Gethsemane Gardens Christian Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Outstanding African American Alumnus Award
Dr. Jerry L. Christian
Senior Pastor, Kirkwood Temple Christian CME Church, Dallas, Texas

Starks Advancement Steering Committee

*Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield, Chair
*Bishop Bettye Alston, Founding Committee Member
*Dr. Almella Starks-Umoja, Advisor
(daughter of Dr. Henry Logan Starks)
*Dr. Sanders Anderson *Dr. Oscar Sueing
*Rev. Stacy Dandridge Mrs. Ann Marie Wallace
*Rev. Jeralyn Major *Rev. Tilope White
*Rev. Debra Reid *Dr. Walker Wright
Dr. Keith Gaskin, Vice President of Advancement
*Rev. Rosalyn R. Nichols, D.Min., Starks Advancement Director
**Ms. Kapriskie Mack, Starks Advancement Assistant
*Ms. Sherry Henson, Director of Alumni & Community Development
Ms. Raegan Cook, Development Coordinator

*MTS Alumni. **Current MTS Student

Questions? Need additional information?  Call or email:
Dr. Rosalyn R. Nichols

To purchase tickets online, click here.

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MTS Announces AAPC Accreditation of the Pastoral Care Specialist and Pastoral Counseling Certificate Training program Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:45:57 +0000 pastoral careMTS is proud to announce accreditation of the Pastoral Care Specialist and Pastoral Counseling Certificate Training program by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).  The program is designed for pastors and psychotherapists seeking training for certification by the AAPC, preparation for Tennessee Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist, Pastoral Care Specialist, and enhancement of skills.

Every educational endeavor must be about credo and praxis:  theory and practice.  MTS seeks to help students think clearly and practically. We go beyond the practical questions of earning a living to help ministers and professional counselors integrate spirituality into their clinical work in intentional, respectful, ethical, and helpful ways.  We believe students will emerge better caregivers or therapists because of our training, AAPC certification, and the identity we help them develop.

Classes meet once per week on Monday afternoons and evenings.   The program covers theory, group supervision, and group therapy with topics including pastoral counseling fundamentals, creating sanctuary space, psychiatric and pastoral diagnosis, listening to the language of the soul, marriage and family counseling, crisis counseling and referral, theology and psychotherapy, intercultural counseling, and independent study.

Click here to learn more about this program or contact Dr. Ron McDonald at


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Preview Day: Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:49:16 +0000 Learn about MTS and the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree program. Register now for Preview Day, Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Click here to register.

Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Preview

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Student Assistant to the Admissions Department Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:32:46 +0000 Student Assistant to the Admissions Department

Contact Info:  Send resume and cover letter to:

Cory D. Williams, MTS, 168 East Parkway S., Memphis, TN  38104


Posting Date:  October 28, 2014

Start Date:  Upon hiring

Rate: Commensurate with experience

Hours: The Student Assistant is a part-time (20-30 hour workweek) hourly employee.

Summary:  This position is designed to provide some administrative help to the recruiting and admissions endeavors of Memphis Theological Seminary. This position is intended to be held by a current MTS student and will provide a schedule that works with the student’s class schedule.


This position will assist with the day to day operations of the MTS Admissions Department .  These duties include, but are not limited to:

  • talking with prospective students
  • setting appointments
  • administrative duties
  • event setup and take down
  • data entry
  • other responsibilities as assigned by Admissions Associate

Interested applicants must be a current MTS student and be proficient in use of office technology.

Accountability: The Student Assistant to Admissions is directly accountable to the Admissions Associate and Chief Information Officer.

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Fall Preview Day Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:26:52 +0000 Preview Day Banner

Don’t miss the Fall Preview Day at Memphis Theological Seminary for our Master of Divinity Program on Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.

Click here and register now!



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2014 Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation Scholarship Breakfast Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:54:22 +0000 Thank you Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation for your support of Memphis Theological Seminary. Through your scholarships, you are making a huge difference in the lives of many. (Photo: Scholarship Breakfast with Kemmons Wilson family, scholarship recipients, and MTS staff.)

For more information on how you can support MTS through scholarships or annual giving, contact Dr. Keith Gaskin, Vice President of Advancement, 901.334.5811,

Kemmons Wilson Scholarship Breakfast
Scholarship Breakfast with Kemmons Wilson family, scholarship recipients, and MTS staff.
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Theology & the Arts Doctor of Ministry Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:15:31 +0000 Program:

MTS is excited to offer a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis on Theology and the Arts (TAP). This program is designed to meet the needs of those in ministry who are interested in identifying specific areas of his/her ministry where theology and the arts intersect. Students will gain a vocabulary to articulate the realities of those intersections, as well as gain skills and knowledge in order to enable others in their particular ministry contexts to see where theology and the arts come together. This is a terminal degree in the area of the practice of ministry as opposed to a research driven program. Because of this, graduates of the TAP D.Min. program have a direct impact on the work of faith communities in which they serve.

The Basics:
• 36 hour program
• Retreat Style – students are expected to do much of the work outside of class; there are two-week residency seminars twice a year, January and July.
• There will be a Project Proposal outlining a need in his/her particular ministry setting
• Students will be expected to complete a project which provides the practical learning atmosphere as well as enhances the ministry in a particular context.
• There will be a Project Report in which students will detail the planning process, research required, implementation, and evaluation of his/her particular project.


DM30001 (5 hrs.) January 5-16, 2015, Bible – Faith and Tradition (MTS Faculty), First Week. Emergence: The Role of the Artist/Theologian, Second Week.

DM30002 (5 hrs.) July 6-17, 2015, Teaching the Bible through Popular Culture and the Arts (Rhodes), First Week. Classics and Innovation – Art and Faith, Second Week.

DM30003 (5 hrs.) January 4-15, 2016, Beyond Performance – Theology and Art in Context: Health, Prison, Congregation, Storytelling.

DM30004 (5 hrs.) July 5-15, 2016, Art and Justice in International Perspective, Immersion to New York City.

DM30005 (5 hrs.) January 3-13, 2017, Contextual Ministry.

DM30006 (5 hrs.) May 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017 (Acquiring Project Knowledge and Skills); August 1, 2017 – Oct 31, 2017 (Implementation of Project)

DM30007 (6 hrs.) November 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018 (Writing of Project Report; Oral Review)

For more information or to apply to the Theology & the Arts Doctor of Ministry Program, contact Melissa Malinoski at 901.334.5857 or

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Alumni Reunion 2014 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:49:30 +0000 Alumni Reunion Banner

The 2014 Alumni Reunion will celebrate MTS’ 50 Years of Ministry.  Save the date:  October 25, 2014, 12:00 Noon, MTS Front Lawn.  Invitations will follow.  For more information, contact Sherry Henson, 901.334.5805,

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