by Austin Painter
Freed-Hardeman really sets itself apart from other colleges through its Bible classes. Each semester, a student is required to take at least one Bible class. These Bible classes range from basics like Intro. to Christianity and Paul’s Epistles to in-depth conversations about God’s creation and the evolution. Classes can be text-based, subject-based, or can take you out of the classroom to engage the world around you.
I took Short Campaigns and Missions for a January short-course. We spent little time inside the classroom. This particular course wasn’t just on learning how to organize and manage a trip, it was also built around getting out and serving the community through simple projects.
Faculty members, who not only preach at local congregations but also have their masters in Biblical studies, instruct the courses. So not only do you have the blessing to learn from them in class, but also at church on Wednesday evenings or on Sundays. The majority of our professors are alumni of FHU and always willing to help out and give back to the students through spiritual backing and wisdom.
Dr. Jim Gardner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, left a multi-billion dollar company to come to FHU. He says he left for his “love for teaching, especially the Bible.” Dr. Gardner continues to say, “What I like most about Freed-Hardeman is the devotion and purpose of the school and its faculty. I generally regard my students as though they were my own children. I feel very strongly that the school has great value in the intellectual, spiritual, and personal lives of our students and I am honored to be a part of that.”