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Carlus Gupton JR

Doctorate of Ministry

Director, Doctor of Ministry Program


Carlus is from Mayfield, Kentucky. He began preaching at age 17 and has continued for over 45 years, broadening this work in 2001 to include training ministers. In addition to his current role as Professor and Director of the Doctor of Ministry, he is an interim minister, consultant, and coach, having served a few hundred churches for over 20 years. He has also taught at Harding School of Theology (2014-2021) and Johnson University (2001-2013). Teaching specialties include church leadership, spiritual formation, change, conflict, and biblical and theological studies. He also taught communication at the University of Tennessee (2001-2011).

Carlus is also the founder and publisher of and He and Ann have two grown daughters, all living in Nashville. For more information, please visit

Academic Degrees

B.A. in Religious Education and Communication, Lipscomb University (1982)
M.Div, Harding School of Theology (1988)
D.Min in Church Leadership, Abilene Christian University; and additional graduate studies at Murray State University, University of Memphis, and University of Tennessee.

Academic Department

Hazelip School of Theology