Memphis Theological Seminary has received a $275,000 grant from The Assisi Foundation of Memphis to help establish a partnership between MTS and the Center for Chaplaincy Studies. The grant will be paid over the course of four years and is contingent upon MTS meeting yearly fundraising goals. 

MTS President Jody Hill said, “While the pandemic has cast a spotlight on the heroic efforts of first responders, chaplains are equally essential last responders. These ministers trained in grief and pastoral counseling provide long-term care to those experiencing loss and emotional or spiritual turmoil.” 

Currently there are MTS alums serving as chaplains in every Memphis-area hospital, in Shelby County Correctional facilities, on numerous college campuses, and in various branches of the US military.

The Center for Chaplaincy Studies (CCS) will supplement MTS’ current course offerings and academic programs with additional courses, expert faculty, professional advising, and networking opportunities. CCS will help prepare our students for future Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residencies and a wide range of employment possibilities, as well as the pursuit of Board Certification. 

MTS is eager to prepare chaplains who will more capably meet the emotional and spiritual needs of Memphians, people living throughout our region, and the larger world around us. We are extremely grateful for the support of the Assisi Foundation as we begin this work.