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The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is available for ministers who have a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary and who desire a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry. Designed to increase the ability of servant leaders to analyze and reform ministry and to empower constituents for discipleship in the world, it is the highest degree in the practice of ministry.

Doctor of Ministry Tracks:

Memphis Theological Seminary offers three tracks or courses of study in the D. Min. program:

  • Leadership in Ministry, designed primarily for persons who are serving in a ministerial role and want to enhance their competence as leaders.
  • Faith and Health, which seeks to reclaim the intersection of faith and health, and assist learners to reflect on individual, congregational, communal and global wellness through a scholarly consideration of the benefits, elements, and complexities of faith and health.
  • Theology & Arts, which seeks to help persons grow in the ability to think and reflect theologically and to integrate arts and ministry with biblical, theological, historical and pastoral disciplines.

Curriculum Objectives:

The Doctor of Ministry curriculum seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Students will refine the theological basis for ministry in their area of specialization and will contribute to the body of knowledge as it relates to the practice of ministry by completing a ministry project reflecting their theological basis for ministry and their understanding of sound research.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and attitudes on issues related to the student’s context of ministry.
  • Students will demonstrate ministry skills at an advanced level of professional competency and demonstrate new skills in leadership, vision, conflict management, care systems, and/or other strategies for accomplishing effective ministry.
  • Students will think, plan, and act creatively in transcending traditional approaches to ministry by the use of innovative concepts and methods.
Rev. Melissa Malinoski

Rev. Melissa Malinoski

Director of Admissions

Melissa graduated from Bethel University in 1999 and from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2002.  As an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Melissa has served congregations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.   She is married to Rev. T.J. Malinoski.  They are the parents of a son, Morgen and a daughter, Madeline.

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Joanna Wilkinson

Joanna Wilkinson

Admissions Associate

Joanna completed her undergrad from Southwest Baptist University in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry in 2013 from Memphis Theological Seminary. She has worked and served in youth ministry since 2007. Missouri CP Presbytery certified her as a Youth Minister in the Fall of 2013. She and her husband Neal moved from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2015 and love living in the Midtown area.

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Jeremy Calico

Jeremy Calico

Admissions Associate

Jeremy graduated from The University of Memphis with a masters in Strategic Leadership in 2014. He also completed an undergraduate degree in Communications, Broadcasting & Electronic Media in 2002. Jeremy has worked in Urban Youth Ministry in Memphis since 2005 and has been on world missions trips to Indonesia (2005) and South America (2007).  Jeremy has 9+ years in higher education experience in Enrollment Services, Special Academic Programs and Business & Finance. Jeremy is married with 3 children.

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