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Hazelip School of Theology

Serve More Effectively Wherever You're Called.

The landscape of ministry is changing as never before. At the Hazelip School of Theology, we will train you for the challenges you face today. We are here to equip you with the knowledge, skills and abilities that will empower your calling in the Kingdom, whether that’s in local congregations, faith-based nonprofit spaces, chaplaincy roles or other forms of ministry you are supporting.

Your degree is more than just an academic experience. It is also about the personal journey you take as you study the complexities of Scripture, the textures of church history, the breadth of Christian theology and the pastoral practices of personal and communal formation. Here at Hazelip, the classic theological disciplines are meaningfully connected to the practical concerns of how to sustain Christian faith within your circles of influence.

Our way of educating is holistic regardless of the particular program you choose. We consider ourselves theological educators first and foremost, women and men that are willing to share our scholarly resources alongside our personal pieces of wisdom that flow out of our own journeys with Christ. We are thus accessible outside the classroom for other kinds of formative conversations because we highly value the personal dimensions of a seminary experience.

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Graduate Programs

The Hazelip School of Theology offers several innovative graduate programs specifically created for professionals serving in today’s congregations and other faith-based initiatives. Learn from expert faculty and understand how to serve more effectively in your calling. Join our learning community and grow with us in our commitment to advance the Kingdom of God.

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Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools

Our accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools means we are a seminary focused on our educational mission. We continually examine our classroom practices and improve our ways of teaching so that our students flourish in this learning community. Accredited by ATS since 2011, we pursue excellence in all that we do and regularly ask our students and graduates for feedback on how we might improve our work together.

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LIFE Program

We seek to provide higher education to every person who desires it. Our Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) program provides one of the most extraordinary learning experiences available at the university. Through LIFE, traditional graduate students are able to journey alongside residents of the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center (DJRC) as together they earn their Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degrees. This graduate program is currently the only ATS-accredited degree being offered inside a prison setting within the United States.

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

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    Leonard Allen

    Dean of the College of Bible

    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...

    Meet Leonard Allen
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    Frank Guertin

    Assistant Dean and Associate Professor

    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...

    Meet Frank Guertin
  • Mark Black

    Mark Black


    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...

    Meet Mark Black
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    Lee Camp


    Lee is an Alabamian by birth. He met his wife Laura at Lipscomb as an undergrad (BA in Computer Science), and then did seminary at Abilene Christian University (MA and...

    Meet Lee Camp
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    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...

    Meet Phillip Camp
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    Carlus Gupton

    Director, Doctor of Ministry Program

    Meet Carlus Gupton
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    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...

    Meet John Mark Hicks
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    Aaron Howard

    Assistant Professor

    Aaron Howard serves as Assistant Professor of Ethics, Worship, and Reconciliation at Lipscomb University. He is also Founder and CEO of As One Christian Diversity, a consulting firm that helps...

    Meet Aaron Howard
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    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...

    Meet Earl Lavender
  • Kris Miller

    Kris Miller

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Kris Miller
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    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...

    Meet Josh Strahan
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    Lauren White

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Lauren White
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    Randy Willingham

    Competency-Based Education Director

    Meet Randy Willingham
  • Kathy Bickel headshot

    Kathy Bickel

    Administrative Assistant

    Meet Kathy Bickel
  • Kellye McCool headshot

    Kellye Mccool

    Coordinator of Assessment, Student Services

    Meet Kellye Mccool


Josh Strahan Offers Charge to May 2021 Graduates

I am struck by how Donald Miller opens his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield...

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 15:12
Posted by Grace Evans

Aaron Howard Appointed Assistant Professor of Ethics, Reconciliation

Lipscomb’s College of Bible and Ministry and George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts has appointed Aaron Howard as assistant professor of ethics and reconciliation.  Howard will teach graduate courses in Hazelip School of Theology, undergraduate courses in the CEA’s Worship Arts program as well as organize and lead the...

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 14:08
Posted by Grace Evans

Carlus Gupton Appointed Director Doctor of Ministry

Carlus Gupton (‘82) became the director of the Doctor of Ministry program in the Hazelip School of Theology in January 2021, but his relationship with Lipscomb goes back much further.  “My first ever connection with Lipscomb was in the summer of 1976. I came as part of an admissions event when...

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 14:06
Posted by Grace Evans

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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs provide theological training in a relational context, emphasizing advanced knowledge of Scripture, theology and the history of Christian thought. Your education experience at Hazelip will be filled with purposeful, personal growth.