A Word From The President


Welcome to the Memphis Theological Seminary website. Whether you are a prospective
student, donor or another partner in ministry, we are delighted that you are considering

It is a tremendous honor for me to be the Interim President at the Seminary, especially
since I am the first woman to be named to this office. I am a graduate of the Program of
Alternate Studies at MTS, an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, and I have
worked for many years in leadership roles in both higher education and public office.

There really is no other place like Memphis Theological Seminary! MTS offers strong
academic training for both lay and pastoral leaders with a diverse student body and a
strong attention to spiritual formation. Students may enroll in any one of several programs
for either a Master’s or Doctor of Ministry degree. The website provides information about
each of our academic programs.

At MTS we also engage with pastors and other key people who are practitioners of their
call to assist them with their difficult responsibilities. Our Center for Pastoral Imagination
serves clergy in re-invigorating their work of pastoral ministry. We also take the church
outside the building to the community, doing as Christ taught us—feeding the hungry,
clothing the naked, and ministering to those in need. All of our academic programs include
immersions within ministry settings.

Explore the website, come visit the campus in person and check us out. I believe you will
like what you see. I hope you will come by my office when you are on campus or call me
should you need assistance. My door is always open to you and my phone number is 901-


Susan D. Parker, Ph.D.