Memphis seminary begins new program mixing ministry, health


Memphis Theological Seminary is intersecting religious faith and public health in its Faith and Health doctor of ministry program. 

Utilizing the combined resources of selected health institutions and the seminary in Memphis, this doctoral track helps learners identify and address issues in justice and health. 

In January, MTS Student Dr. Randy McCloy and his wife Linda funded the McCloy Faith and Health Faith Series to assist the seminary in recruiting renowned experts to serve as adjunct professors. These experts in the field provide both classroom instruction and immersion experiences to educate the students on individual, congregational, communal and global wellness. 

Throughout the program, students are required to attend five seminars where they visit and learn from experts at the Church Health Center in Memphis and the Carter Center, Centers for Disease Control, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) and Emory University’s Global Health Initiative in Atlanta. 

At least one component of the study is an international immersion experience. Each of the five seminars helps prepare the students for their final project, The Project in Ministry, and serves as a catalyst for hands-on application. 

The Project in Ministry phase of the program enables students to focus on faith and health issues from their own contexts, using what they have learned from the five seminars. These projects are relevant to their own ministries, make a contribution to the practice of their ministry, equip their laity to fulfill their calling in ministry, and show evidence of genuine new learning by the students. 

Among current students in the program is the Rev. Terry L. Hilliard of Pass Christian.

For more information regarding the Faith and Health program, contact Debra Matthews at 901-334-5857 or visit