Welcome from President Jody Hill
At Memphis Theological Seminary, we are committed to educating and sustaining women and men for ordained and lay Christian ministry in the church and the world.
MTS is a truly unique educational institution: though the seminary is an institution of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, it is ecumenical and diverse. Our student body represents more than twenty-five denominations; over half of the student body is African American; and the seminary draws students from across the Mid-South region, including Arkansas, Mississippi, West Tennessee, North Alabama, and Kentucky.
When I received a call to ordained ministry, MTS was the only seminary I considered for pursuing my Master of Divinity degree. While I valued the ecumenical theological education of MTS, I gained a deeper appreciation for that journey when I began my first full-time pastorate at the Rogersville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in North Alabama.
The Rogersville congregation was a community of worship consisting of different kinds of people from various faith backgrounds. Some were liberal; some were conservative. Many were somewhere in the middle, just trying to do their best to practice their faith. As the pastor, I was inspired to learn that, in spite of their differences, these people of faith really liked each other. They did not always agree but they celebrated what they held in common more than they focused on what separated them.