Doctor of Ministry
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 DMin. 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: Pastoral Therapy, offers interested ministers outstanding training. Whether one chooses simply the 36 credit hours of the D.Min. or expands those requirements to include extra educational hours required for state licensure and 1400 hours of counseling under supervision, graduates will be competent pastoral counselors capable of counseling with individual adults, couples, and families with a wide variety of problems.
- Preaching, is intended to improve the student’s understanding and skills in the area of homiletics, foster discovery of a personal, pulpit hermeneutic, and nurture the student’s competency to preach in a variety of contexts.
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.
March 31, 2017
The Faith & Health track as well as the Preaching track for the Doctor of Ministry will start July 2017.
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.
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, currently serves with Junior High youth at Germantown CP Church. Missouri CP Presbytery certified her as a Youth Minister in the Fall of 2013. She and her husband Neal moved from Nashville where they both served in youth ministry to Memphis in the summer of 2015 and love living in the Midtown area.
Rev. Felecia LaVant
Felecia completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Fisk University in 1982, and MDiv at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2014. She serves as an Associate Minister and the Director of Christian Education at Central Baptist Church, Inc. Felecia also volunteers with Manna House, a place of hospitality in the Catholic Worker Tradition. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Andraea and Alexandria.
Rev. Byron Forester
Byron is a graduate of Bethel University (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Benton Co. MS and as Coordinator of Ministries for West Tennessee Presbytery. He participates and serves in several ministries to people who are unsheltered. Byron and his wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.