Graduate School of Theology

Welcome to the online home of FHU’s Graduate School of Theology. Freed-Hardeman University offers six graduate degrees. Whether you are a preacher, Bible teacher, church leader, or are simply seeking a deeper knowledge of God’s Word, we have a program to meet your academic and spiritual goals. Please let us help!


Justin M. Rogers, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate School of Theology

Office: 731-989-6622
Fax: 731-989-6400





In addition to the master's degree programs currently offered by the Graduate School of Theology, Freed-Hardeman will launch a new Doctor of Ministry program starting in Fall 2022. The service-oriented terminal degree in ministry will not sacrifice scholarship, but research will be directed in a practical way to not only enhance the skills and knowledge of those practicing in ministry, but also to provide meaningful and applicable research for church leaders and congregations. 

The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110; (412) 788-6506, ext. 226. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: The Master of Arts in Ministry, the Master of Arts (New Testament), and the Master of Divinity.


Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools



Master of arts in NEW TESTAMENT

Master of arts in OLD TESTAMENT



Doctor of ministry (d.min.)




Theology Faculty and Staff


Justin M. Rogers, B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Director, Graduate School of Theology; Associate Professor of Bible

GC 102A

Rogers received his B.A. and M.A. New Testament degrees from Freed-Hardeman University. He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH. He preaches for the Broad Street Church of Christ in Lexington, TN.

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Mark A. Blackwelder, B.A., M.Min., Ph.D
Dean of the College of Biblical Studies; Professor of Bible and of Missions

GC 108E

Dr. Blackwelder serves as the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies. He is a graduate of FHU. He has been active in ministry including serving from 1992 to 1997 as a full-time missionary in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since that time he has served as a full-time member of the faculty in FHU’s School of Biblical Studies.

He also teaches courses in New Testament and in Missions and Intercultural Communication at the undergraduate level. He sponsors missions clubs and serves as a member of the Chapel Committee and the Annual Bible Lectureship Committee. Dr. Blackwelder is a minister for the Estes church of Christ. He conducts a number of Gospel Meetings each year and presents seminars on missions and cross-cultural ministry.

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Kippy L. Myers, B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and of Bible


Dr. Myers began teaching at FHU in 1998. Before that, he was in full-time ministry in Texas and taught at Brown Trail School of Preaching, International Bible College, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of North Alabama. He has written many articles in journals associated in churches of Christ and was Associate Editor of The World Evangelist. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Society of Christian Philosophers and the co-sponsor of the West Tennessee Collegium of Philosophy and Theology.

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Doug Burleson, B.A., M.A., M.Div., M.Th., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, College of Biblical Studies; Associate Professor of Bible;

GC 108F

Doug Burleson received the Ph.D. in New Testament and Greek at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation is entitled, "Case Studies in Closely Related Manuscripts for Determining Scribal Traits." Dr. Burleson has been appointed to the E. Claude and Delorese Gardner Chair of Excellence in Biblical Studies, and serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Biblical Studies. He preaches at the Estes Church of Christ in Henderson, TN. He is a graduate of FHU and holds Master's degrees from FHU ('01), Lipscomb University ('03), and  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary ('07).

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Wade E. Osburn, B.A., M.L.I.S., M.Div.
Library Director; Assistant Professor

LDL Library

Mr. Osburn teaches our Introduction to Graduate Studies course. Because of the emphasis in this class on research, Osburn's library experience makes him a good instructor for this material.


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Richard (Rick) Brumback, B.S., M.E., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bible

GC 102B

Dr. Brumback specializes in early church history, especially third- and fourth-century Trinitarian controversies, and early Christian literature and history.

Prior to 2017, he served as Director and professor at the Southwest School of Bible Studies. He has preached for a number of congregations in central Texas.

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Matt Cook, B.A., M.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bible

GC 211B

Ryan Fraser, B.A., M.Min., M.Div., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bible

GC 108A


Kevin L. Moore, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bible and Missions

GC 211

Dr. Moore is a graduate of East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions, has completed Masters-level missions courses at Abilene Christian University, holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from FHU, and has completed the Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

He and his family served sixteen years as missionaries in New Zealand. He was Missionary-in-Residence at FHU before joining the full-time Bible faculty, teaching Bible and Missions courses, and now serves as Director of Missions. He has authored three books and has had a number of articles published in brotherhood papers. He serves as co-sponsor of Missions Group and conducts annual campaigns to New Zealand.

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Matthew Sokoloski, B.S., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

GC 108D