Religion & Philosophy

Throughout the world graduates of Trevecca's Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry are serving Christ and the Church faithfully as pastors, youth and children’s pastors, teachers, missionaries, evangelists, and administrative personnel. The Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry has a rich tradition, beginning with the earliest days of the University when J. O. McClurkan, founder of the University, sought to establish a “Bible Training School” for persons who were called to “missionary, evangelistic, and other branches of Christian work.” Since those earliest days, such names as Greathouse, Wynkoop, and Dunning have contributed to the rich tradition that characterizes the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. For a century the Trevecca School of Theology and Christian Ministry has made great contributions to the ongoing dialogue within the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Today seven full-time faculty and four adjunct faculty, along with more than 130 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students continue to contribute to that dialogue as they prepare for ministry in the 21st century.

What will a major in religion or religious studies prepare me for?

Graduates with a major in religion or religious studies are specifically prepared to be able to

  • Envision the practice of the pastoral arts with Christian imagination
  • Carry out disciplined reflection on the Christian faith
  • Embody the habits and practices of the Christian faith
  • Know the significant events, persons, and themes of the biblical narrative
  • Be acquainted with current exegetical methods and practices
  • Define the Christian faith with special attention to the place of the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition within it
  • Know the major movements of the history of the Christian Church
  • Understand the history and polity of the Church of the Nazarene within the history of the Christian church
  • Define the major figures and movements of philosophy
  • Understand the significance of philosophical reflection for theological understanding
  • Within the context of the above outcomes, know and demonstrate rudimentary skills in the practice of professional Christian ministry in the areas of
    • Preaching and teaching
    • Leadership and discernment
    • Worship and the administration of the sacraments
    • Compassionate service and evangelism;
    • Congregational administration and care.

Are there any scholarships available?

In addition to other institutional scholarships that the students may receive, a number of endowed scholarships have been specifically set aside for students preparing for Christian ministry.

Application for these scholarships is made through the University’s Office of Financial Aid.

Kelly Dianne Allen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is established in memory of the daughter of David and Sandra Allen by grandparents Dr. E. Drell and Geraldine M. Allen. Eligibility is limited to women students who are called to Christian ministry (excluding music ministry).

Mack and Annie Lou Anderson Scholarship

Established in memory of the Andersons, the former district superintendent and his wife of the Georgia District Church of the Nazarene from 1947-1968and his wife, this scholarship provides a one-time gift in the amount of $250 to all first-time students who are children of pastors on the Georgia District Church of the Nazarene.

Marguerite Chilton Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been established in the memory of Marguerite Chilton to assist needy and worthy students preparing for missionary work. The principal of the fund shall be invested and the income used by the University to provide scholarships to give in her memory. The recipient(s) will be chosen by the University Scholarship Committee.

Leon G. and Marie Cook Scholarship Endowment

Dr. D. Ray Cook established this scholarship in memory of his parents. Awards from this scholarship will benefit students who are preparing for full-time ministry in the Church of the Nazarene.

Edward F. Cox Memorial Scholarship

Family members and friends have established this scholarship in memory of Dr. Edward F. Cox to benefit needy and worthy young people studying for full-time ministry.

The Greathouse Scholarship Fund

The Greathouse Scholarship Fund was established at Trevecca as a three-year (up to 12 hours for the fall semester and 12 hours for the spring semester) scholarship to be awarded annually to one Trevecca Nazarene University graduate entering Nazarene Theological Seminary and demonstrating potential for the integration of scholarship and ministry. The Fund was established by a group of interested supporters led by Dr. William Greathouse, general superintendent emeritus, and Dr. Gary Allen Henecke, who was then the pastor of Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, and dedicated laymen.

Ausby E. Guyer Scholarship

An endowed scholarship has been established for needy students preparing for the ministry or missions. Recipients are chosen by the University Scholarship Committee, in consultation with the Department of Religion and Philosophy. The University Scholarship Committee will decide number of scholarships per year as well as the amount.

Katherine Grigsby Memorial Scholarship

An anonymous donor has established this scholarship for ministerial students.

Dr. C. E. Hardy Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. C. E. Hardy, second president of Trevecca Nazarene College from 1915 to 1935. During this time he served three periods of his own presidency and the interim presidency of three others. The scholarship will be awarded to freshman students majoring in religion.

Maxine Moore Hendershot Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, established by Dr. H. Harvey Hendershot and Mr. Jim Hendershot, is in memory of Maxine Moore Hendershot, devoted wife and mother. The scholarship is awarded to students who are children of Nazarene missionaries or students who are preparing for missionary careers. The scholarship is awarded by the University Scholarship Committee.

Mary Dell and Hobert Hendrix Memorial Scholarship

Bill and Dona Harris have established this scholarship in memory of Mary Dell (Harris) Hendrix and Rev. Hobert Hendrix. Students pursuing a degree in ministry, preaching or music, may qualify for this award.

Jarratt Ministerial Scholarship

This scholarship has been established by Harold and Louise Jarratt in memory of Alvie B. Jarratt and Loyce (Mannon) Jarratt, parents of Harold Jarratt, and in memory of granddaughter, Allison Nicole Jarratt. Students planning to be a minister of the gospel or a missionary may qualify for this scholarship.

Glen Jones Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, established to honor the memory of Dr. Glen Jones, is to assist full-time students preparing for the ministry from the Churches of the Nazarene on the East Tennessee District. This scholarship is awarded by the University Scholarship Committee upon recommendation by the dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the district superintendent of the East Tennessee District.

Arthur E. and Flora Rhoades Kelly Scholarship

This scholarship was made available by Rev. Arthur E. Kelly to assist married students at Trevecca who are preparing for full-time pulpit ministry. This scholarship is administered by the scholarship committee of Trevecca with first priority going to students from South Carolina. Ministerial students with children will be given priority for this scholarship.

Kercher Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, provided by R. Paul Kercher and Grace Kercher Boyett in memory of Rev. and Mrs. George Kercher and son, John Wesley Kercher, was established to provide assistance to older full-time ministerial students who accept the call to the ministry later in life. The interest earned from the investment of the corpus shall be used to benefit such students as may qualify and will be selected by the University Scholarship Committee. The amount of the scholarship will depend upon the interest earned annually.

Mrs. Madeline G. Kerns Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Wilmer (Bill) L. Kerns, PhD, in honor of the memory of his mother, Madeline G. Kerns. Awards will be to students showing a financial need with preference being given to students who are called to full-time ministry (pastoral, teaching, counseling, music) whose major is consistent with career choice.

Erskine C. Key Sr. Memorial Mission Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was provided by Kenneth Key of Jasper, Alabama, for the purpose of helping students that are preparing for ministry in missions, who demonstrate a commitment to the call to world missions and show promise of effective service. Preference shall be given to seniors.

The Knippers-Cooner Scholarship

E. C. Knippers and Elzora Cooner Knippers established this scholarship in memory of Karen K. Knippers, daughter of Mr. Knippers. Students preparing to be a missionary or minister who have financial need may qualify for this scholarship.

Earnest W. McDowell Scholarship

This scholarship was funded with gifts from Ruth and Cecil Cook and Faye and Robert Cullen, to memorialize Rev. Earnest W. McDowell, father of Ruth Cook and Faye Cullen. His love for the ministry and his family will live on through this scholarship, which provides assistance to female students from the Southeastern states who are preparing for ministry or missions.

Rev. Clifton Nixon Memorial Scholarship

Rev. Nixon established this scholarship in his estate plan. Students with financial need who are preparing for ministry in the Church of the Nazarene may qualify for this scholarship. A GPA of 3.0 is required.

Charles W. Powell Ministerial Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship was funded by Charles W. and Jerry B. Powell in honor of Charles W. Powell, businessman and devoted churchman. The award will be made to students from Huntsville, Alabama, First Church of the Nazarene who are planning to major in religion with the preaching ministry as their calling.

Skinner Family Endowed Scholarships for Ministerial Students

Trevecca has a unique opportunity that has been provided by the generous gift of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Skinner. The scholarship endowment offered by this gift will provide ten scholarships each year for promising students preparing for full-time Christian service.

The available funds will be allocated in the following manner:

  • 2 sophomores will divide 13% of available funds
  • 3 juniors will divide 27% of available funds
  • 5 seniors will divide 60% of available funds

A special committee exists to select students eligible for this scholarship program. Students should check with the School of Theology and Christian Ministry for the eligibility criteria.

Fred Sartin Scholarship

Rev. Fred Sartin established this scholarship through a bequest to the school. It was his desire that his life and ministry be carried on through the lives of others as they preach faithfully the word of God. The scholarship will be awarded to a ministerial student who has financial need.

Audrey L. Schlamb Scholarship Fund

This scholarship endowment was established by the last will and testament of Miss Audrey L. Schlamb, a member of the Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Lakeland, Florida. Income from the endowment provides assistance to men or women who are called by God to His ministry.

Frances Spear Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is funded with gifts from the Southern Florida District Church of the Nazarene and Robert and Norma Spear to memorialize the deceased wife of Dr. Robert H. Spear. Awards will be made to students from the Southern Florida District who are planning a career as full-time minister in pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. Rob L. Staples Scholarship Endowment

The Kentucky District Church of the Nazarene established this scholarship to honor one of their favorite sons, Rob Staples.

Theological students may receive assistance with the purchase of books with this scholarship.

Earl and Elizabeth Vennum Scholarship

An annual scholarship is made available by Howard and Gladys Marks in honor of Rev. Earl and Elizabeth Vennum. At least $1,500.00 annually is awarded to a student of outstanding ability preparing for the preaching ministry. The recipient is recommended by the School of Theology and Christian Ministry in consultation with the director of financial aid.

The Vera Wright Memorial Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship has been funded by the estate of Vera Wright and is to benefit students who are full-time and major in Religion. The student must be from the Tennessee District of the Church of the Nazarene.

Wynkoop Memorial Scholarship Endowment

An estate gift from Ralph and Mildred Bangs Wynkoop has established this scholarship endowment to be distributed by the department of Religion.

Robert E. Yates Family Scholarship

This scholarship, created by Robert E. Yates in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Yates’ son, Robert Cameron Yates, is to assist qualified full-time students attending Trevecca and preparing for full-time pastoral ministry. The University Scholarship Committee will determine the amount of the scholarship, the number of scholarships, and the recipients.

What are graduates from this program doing?

Students graduating from the Trevecca School of Theology and Christian Ministry pursue a variety of paths following their graduation. The great majority continue their education through graduate studies. Graduates of Trevecca are presently studying at such seminaries and graduate schools as Nazarene Theological Seminary, Asbury Seminary, Fuller Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity/Graduate School, Chandler School of Theology (Emory), Princeton Divinity School, and Southern Methodist University.

Each year one graduate is selected to receive the William M. Greathouse Scholarship. This scholarship provides full tuition for three years of study at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Criteria for selection include GPA, involvement in ministry during undergraduate study, and promise for pastoral ministry.

Many other graduates enter into full-time ministry immediately upon their graduation. While some enter into senior pastoral ministry, others enter into youth ministry, children’s ministry, and other associate areas. Other graduates may seek global volunteer service for a year through NIVS (Nazarenes In Volunteer Service).

Areas of Study

Majors

Complete List of Majors

Minors

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Compassionate Ministry
  • Mission
  • New Testament Greek
  • Philosophy
  • Professional Children’s Ministry
  • Professional Compassionate Ministry
  • Professional Mission
  • Professional Pastoral Ministry
  • Professional Youth Ministry
  • Religious Studies
  • Youth Ministry

Faculty