College of Biblical Studies

Our Mission

The mission of the College of Biblical Studies is to effectively teach the Bible to all students, to provide a unifying core of truth and Christian ideals for the university, and to prepare capable candidates for the ministry.


Why Study Here?

Why study the Bible at Freed-Hardeman University? The answer lies in the school’s timeless motto, Teaching how to live, and how to make a living. FHU enjoys a rich heritage of preparing her students for both life and eternity. In addition to providing a program of excellence for training in ministry, each fulltime student enrolls in a Bible class every semester, focusing on preparation in character as well as for a career.


As for ministry in churches of Christ, Freed-Hardeman graduates are serving congregations in all fifty states and in many countries. For example, outstanding pulpit ministers include Jeff Jenkins (class of 1981) of Lewisville, Texas, who also serves on FHU’s Board of Trustees, David Shannon (class of 1989) of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Jason Moon (class of 1998) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Jason Jackson (class of 1992) of Stockton, California.

On the mission field, a new congregation has been planted in Cusco, Peru by FHU graduates Matt Cook, Barton Kizer, and Gary Reaves (all from the class of 2003). They are an example of numerous mission teams that have formed on our campus and taken the gospel message “into all the world.” We are equally proud of our graduates in youth ministry, including those who have served thirty years, like Tim Frizzell of Nashville (class of 1980) and Jerry Elder of Columbia, Tennessee (class of 1983).

In addition to bachelor degree programs in Bible, missions, and youth ministry, the College of Biblical Studies also offers three graduate programs, the Master of Ministry, the Master of Arts in New Testament, and the Master of Divinity. Both graduate and undergraduate programs are staffed by a superbly trained faculty of experienced teachers, scholars, and missionaries, including thirteen full time and ten adjunct/assisting professors. Our staff ranges from the venerable Dr. Clyde Woods (class of 1957) to his protégé, Justin Rogers (class of 2004). You will benefit from the close relationship you enjoy with this outstanding team, both inside and outside the classroom. We are here to nurture your spiritual growth and development.


Extra-curricular opportunities abound on the FHU campus, especially for Bible majors. These include the Preachers’ Club, Missions Group, the Annual Bible Lectureship, spring break and summer mission campaigns, summer internships with congregations across the country, speaking in campus devotionals and preaching for area congregations, serving as counselors for Horizons and Mid-South Youth Camp, and many more.

An added benefit of the FHU experience is the opportunity to study and grow with your fellow Bible majors. They will encourage and inspire your vision for ministry, as together you prepare for life’s greatest calling, a faithful minister for Jesus Christ. Join us for this unique adventure, Freed-Hardeman University’s College of Biblical Studies!