Memphis Theological Seminary’s vision of theological education for ministry engages students throughout their studies in the practice of ministry. The MTS curriculum integrates theological study with practical experience in a variety of ministry settings. Five different courses spread throughout the curriculum have practicums.
Additionally, students are required to take at least one “immersion” course in which the classroom becomes the city, farms and rural churches, the courts and jails, or a place of hospitality for homeless persons.
All of the faculty at MTS are experienced practitioners of ministry, ranging from congregational settings in both urban and rural areas to non-profit organizations to chaplaincies. They know how to connect seminary education with the practice of ministry.
Finally, at MTS we know that preparation for ministry is not only about the head, but also about relationship with God in a community of faith. Formation for Ministry, regular opportunities for worship, time for prayer in the chapel, and colloquies with visiting scholars and activists, ensure that students have the space to develop spiritually as they prepare for ministry.
We are dedicated to educating students so that they are well prepared to have a lively imagination for ministry, open to challenges, ready for difficult days, and committed to serving God through service in the church and the broader community.
Below you will find a list of our degree programs. Click on the name of the degree for more information and degree requirements. Let us know how we can be a part of answering your call to ministry.
MASTER OF DIVINITY
is a professional degree that prepares you to be a transformational leader in ministry. Theological instruction combined with hands-on ministry experience in immersive courses and practicums offers the knowledge and skills necessary for creative pastoral ministry.
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MASTER OF ARTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
equips those working in non-profits, campus ministry, para-church, missions, business, or other fields. This degree prepares you to lead within your vocation.
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DOCTOR OF MINISTRY
is 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.
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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?
Members of the community and current students are welcome to audit any master’s level class at Memphis Theological Seminary. If you have a desire to learn and to participate in theological education, but not to earn academic credit, you should consider this option.
Auditors do not pay tuition, but must pay an auditing fee and are not eligible for financial aid. LEARN MORE
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Memphis Theological Seminary now offers a Night Track for our master’s degree programs. The program makes it possible for a working adult to obtain their MDiv or MACM while still maintaining their full- time job. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. A full time student may complete the MDiv in 4 years and the MACM may be completed in 3 years. Learn how you can become a student.
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. Fekecia Gunn
Director of Enrollment Services
Fekecia is a graduate of The University of Tulsa (2004) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2012). She currently serves as Youth Minister at St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN.
Rev. Walter Henry
Enrollment Services Assistant
Walter graduated from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1995. I then went on the complete the Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998 and am currently pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a projected graduation date of May 2021.
In 2016, Walter was appointed to serve the gracious and loving people at St. James AME Church in the heart of North Memphis. He shares, "I am blessed to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Dr. Henry Logan Starks."
Luke began his professional career working as an AmeriCorps Facilitator at BRIDGES, USA where he spent a year guiding hundreds of students through social justice and youth leadership workshops. Luke was passionate about continuing to work with youth, so he moved to New York City to serve as a Service Learning Coordinator at buildOn, Inc.
Luke is incredibly excited about the incredible ecumenical and inclusive community at MTS and is looking forward to getting to know prospective students and helping them pursue their calling.
Rev. Dr. Felecia R. LaVant
Felecia completed both her MDIV(2014) and DMIN(2020) degrees at Memphis Theological Seminary, and appreciates how MTS equips men and women to serve in ministry both in the church and the world. She serves as an Associate Minister at Central Baptist Church, Inc. and is the proud mother of daughters, Andraea LaVant and Alexandria Johnson.
Felecia is passionate about helping people become equipped to walk fully in their God ordained purpose. you will often hear her say "Customer satisfaction is my primary goal!" and you leave her presence believing it too.