Dr. James L. Netters Certificate in Congregational Ministry
The Dr. James L. Netters Certificate in Theological Education for Ministry is designed for persons without a bachelor’s degree who seek theological education to provide a foundation for ministry. The primary purpose of ministry is to share the good news of the Gospel, which addresses every aspect of our lives as human beings. To share this Gospel requires serious theological study of the Scriptures, our cultural context, our moral lives, and ways in which the Gospel might be shared. Through a directed course of study in Memphis Theological Seminary classes, guided by regular participation in a ministry seminar, students will gain a basic theological education consisting of biblical study, along with cultural and moral analysis in relation to ministry.
The course of study is as follows (courses are taken in this order):
- Intro to Interpreting the Old Testament
- Intro to Interpreting the New Testament
- Christian Heritage I
- Christian Heritage II
- Context and Models for Mission and Evangelism
- Introduction to Christian Ethics
Seminar in Ministry
In addition to the courses, students will meet once every two weeks for one hour with a Memphis Theological Seminary faculty member who has experience in ministry. This Seminar in Ministry will provide a forum for students to ask questions related to what they are studying and connect the content of their studies with their context in ministry.
Note: Graduate credit is not given for courses in the Netters Certificate Program.
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.
We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary. The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey. We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real world. At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.
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.