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Hazelip School of Theology

Serve Where You're Called.

The needs of those who lead and work in ministry are changing like never before. At Lipscomb’s Hazelip School of Theology, the theological education you will receive will help you grow holistically so you can more effectively pursue your individual calling in God’s Kingdom.

With us, your degree is as much about academics as it is about the personal journey you take as you study Scripture, church history, Christian thought and ministerial formation. Here, academic subject matters are put in conversation with the concerns of today’s practitioners. As one of the few ATS-accredited graduate schools in the region, we offer the quality academics you would expect. As well as real-world ministry experiences you can carry forward with you.

Become a part of our learning community comprised of qualified theological educators, fellow students with similar passions, ministry leaders sharing ready to share their expertise, spiritual directors and coaches willing to partner in your educational journey and notable scholars from other institutions sharing their work through annual events.

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Graduate Programs

The Hazelip School of Theology offers innovative graduate programs specifically created for professionals serving in today’s congregations and other faith-based initiatives. Join a community committed to the advancement of God’s Kingdom, and learn from expert faculty who are active in the church and who understand how best to apply knowledge to the lives of those you serve

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35+ years

offering graduate Bible degrees

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LIFE Program

We seek to provide higher education to every person who desires it and to deepen the spiritual and academic growth of all of our students. Our Initiative for Education (LIFE) program will provide you with one of the most special and unique learning experiences offered at our institution. Our traditional students will have the opportunity to study and learn alongside residents of the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPW). Through this experience, both groups of students will have the chance to develop the self-confidence, character, knowledge and compassion to pursue their next in life, while serving with others.

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Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools

Choosing a school of theology goes beyond a particular degree you can obtain. It’s about the personal journey you take as you study Scripture, church history, Christian thought and personal formation. Here you will explore important subjects in our discipline while learning how it affects the pursuit of ministry in all its forms. You'll gain a deeper understanding of theological discourse and grow as a Kingdom witness wherever you may find yourself. As one of only a handful of ATS-accredited graduate schools in the region, Hazelip offers the academic rigor you would expect as well as an integrated approach to learning that will enrich your faith.

Our Academic Programs

ATS-accredited graduate degrees


Meet the key people that make up the Hazelip School of Theology.

  • Leonard Allen

    Leonard Allen

    Dean, College of Bible and Ministry

    C. Leonard Allen serves as dean of the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University. He taught theology, ethics, and philosophy at the graduate and undergraduate level for over...

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  • Lee Camp

    Lee Camp


    Lee C. Camp is professor of theology and ethics. He was awarded a permanent designation as a University "Outstanding Teacher" in 2017. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb and...

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  • Phillip Camp

    Phillip Camp


    Phillip Camp teaches various Old Testament text courses, OT Interpretation, and Hebrew. He is the author of "Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond" (Cascade, 2009) and...

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  • Frank Guertin

    Frank Guertin

    Assistant Dean

    Frank Guertin is Assistant Dean for the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University and Assistant Professor of Theology. Guertin completed his bachelor's degree at Ohio Valley University and his...

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  • John Mark Hicks

    John Mark Hicks


    John Mark teaches theology and history courses. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in...

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  • Kris Miller

    Kris Miller

    Assistant Professor of Bible

    Kris Miller joined the faculty of the College of Bible and Ministry in 2015, serving as assistant professor of theology and director of Lipscomb's Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has nine...

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  • John York

    John York


    In addition to his responsibilities with the D.Min. program, John teaches graduate New Testament text and ministry courses. He received his training from Abilene Christian University (B.A. M.A., M.Div.),...

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  • Mark Black

    Mark Black

    Professor of New Testament

    Mark teaches Luke-Acts, Synoptic Gospels, New Testament Theology, Corinthians, New Testament Exegesis, and Biblical Ethics. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.A. and M.Th. from Harding...

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  • Terry Briley

    Terry Briley


    Terry teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is also one of the pulpit ministers for the Natchez Trace Church of Christ and is involved with mission work in Brazil....

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  • David Fleer

    David Fleer


    David's teaching focus is homiletics. Under his direction, Lipscomb University hosts the annual Conference on Preaching. For the past few years Fleer has served as advisory board chair for the...

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  • Earl Lavender

    Earl Lavender


    Earl Lavender was born to missionary parents in Trieste, Italy on July 15, 1954. He earned undergraduate degrees from Ohio Valley College and David Lipscomb College. He is married to the...

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  • Josh Strahan

    Josh Strahan

    Associate Professor

    Josh teaches courses in Freshman Bible and New Testament. He received his bachelor's degree in Bible from Lipscomb University in 2004, his Master of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University...

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  • Lauren White

    Lauren White

    Assistant Professor of Theology

    Lauren graduated with a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University in May, 2018. She also holds an MTS from Vanderbilt University (2010), an M.A. in English from Abilene Christian University...

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Graduate Programs

Through programs such as the Master of Divinity, which brings both relational and theological training to the life of the church, to the Master of Theology, which stresses the advanced knowledge of Scripture, theology and the history of Christian thought — your Lipscomb education will be filled with purposeful and personal growth.