Become a Student

Learn how you can become a student at MTS by requesting information from the Admissions Department.

OPEN MTS

Guest Students  Have you ever wanted to sit in on a seminary class and gain some theological education but not worry about doing homework, taking exams, or writing papers? Guest students are welcome to “audit” any regularly offered class at Memphis Theological Seminary. If you have a desire to learn and to participate in theological education, but not as a credit earning student, you should consider this option. Guest students attend the scheduled classes, and learn alongside degree seeking students, but are not responsible for graded assignments. Some guest students may take a set schedule of classes and can earn a certificate, such as the Netters Certificate in Theological Education, or the Faith and Health Certificate. Guest students pay a $375 “auditors fee,” and are not eligible for financial aid. For more information about registering as a guest student, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
·      Deadline August 25 ·      Deadline January 25

Online Classes for Open MTS:
Mondays, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
• Introduction to Theology and Practice of Pastoral Leadership – Dr. Chris Davis

• Church History in Film and Fiction – Dr. Courtney Pace

• Introduction to Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care – Dr. Lee Ramsey

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
• Theology and Education – Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
• Religion and Contemporary Society – Dr. Janel Bakker

Wednesdays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
• Early Methodism: History, Doctrine, and Polity – Dr. Michael Turner

Thursdays, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
• Gospel of Matthew – Dr. Mitzi Minor,Thursday, 1:15-4:15 pm, F-201

On Campus Classes for Open MTS:
Mondays, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
• Church History in Film and Fiction – Dr. Courtney Pace

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
• Introduction to Christian Education and Spiritual Formation – Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield

Tuesdays, 8:00 – 11:00 am
• Prayer – Dr. Stephanie Patton

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
• Theology and Education – Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield,

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
• Religion and Contemporary American Society – Dr. Janel Bakker,

Wednesday’s, 8:00 – 11:00 am
• Christian Ethics – Dr. Tomi Oredein

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
• Financial Leadership for Ministry – Dr. Debra Matthews

Thursdays, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
• The Gospel of Matthew – Dr. Mitzi Minor

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
• The Prophetic Ministry of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner – Dr. Andre Johnson

HEAR WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY

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.

Contact Melissa:
mmalinoski@memphisseminary.edu
901-334-5857

ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT

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

Rev. Felecia LaVant

Admissions Associate

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.

Contact Felecia:
frlavant@MemphisSeminary.edu
901-334-5804

Rev. Byron Forester

Rev. Byron Forester

Admissions Associate

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.

Contact Byron:
bforester@memphisseminary.edu
901-334-5841