A Word From The President

Dear Friends,
When I answered the call to ministry, I wasn’t sure what God had in store for me. There were difficult times along the journey, but God was faithful to provide people in my life to encourage me, correct me, and help me pursue the call. When I wasn’t sure how I would pay for my education, I would receive an unexpected card with a check inside. When I was losing confidence in my ability to preach and teach effectively, someone would write a note about how something I said had touched their life. As president of Memphis Theological Seminary, I am daily humbled by my charge to steward the development of Christian leaders, and I invite you to join me in this act of service.

In a time when churches are shrinking and seminaries are closing their doors, our work is more relevant and necessary than ever. The world questions the value of faith leadership and—too often—it is because of divisions among us. Who are we to prevent a child of God from answering the call? My heart aches to think that any believer, created in God’s image, is deemed unfit for service because of their gender, age, or race. At MTS, the door is open to everyone called to serve.

I thank God for providing a community of Christians at this seminary who champion diversity and are committed to ecumenical education; believers who truly understand what it means to find life and purpose in Christ. Wherever a need exists, Memphis Theological Seminary will continue equipping faith leaders with the skills and compassion to meet it. That’s where we need your help: we have an exciting opportunity to support the seminary this June and July.

An anonymous donor has agreed to match $150,000 in donations to our annual fund, which means that any gift you make during this time will double in value! The Annual Fund allows us to operate our campus in Midtown Memphis, provide scholarships for students, and retain world-class faculty.

Every day I meet students who have battled adversity, financial hardship, sickness and more, but remain faithfully committed to preparing themselves for ministry the real world. And I pray you will commit, with me, to help them. The gift you send today will become food, shelter, comfort, and hope, as students and faculty are empowered to go into the world and do the good works of Christ who calls and sends them. When we support the seminary, we participate in Christ’s mission in the world. All of us are stewards of the gifts God has entrusted to us. My prayer is that God will find us faithful.

Grace and Blessings,
Jay Earheart-Brown, Ph.D.
President and Professor of Theology