Category: Academic

HST Adds Distance Option for MA in Counseling

March 14, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

Students attend class from around the world.

Students attend class from around the world.

Beginning Fall 2016, HST will offer the MA in Counseling and the Certificate in Church Counseling programs to distance students through our streaming live interactive classroom (SLIC). As a distance student, you will remotely attend weekly classes that meet on campus along with local students. You will participate in live class discussions (in real time) along with students in a physical classroom.


Therapy is as much a performing art as it is a social science. Our live streaming format lets us help you develop your therapeutic performance.

– Dr. Kevin Shelby

SLIC uses an online platform that allows you to interact with professors and students more frequently than with traditional online formats. With SLIC, you are on a screen at the front of the class visible to the students and professor. On your monitor at home, you see the classroom as well as the other distance students. When you speak in class, the camera is situated so that the local students are looking right at you, making virtual eye contact. This allows for more nuanced communication as both you and your classmates can see facial expressions and other body language. Responding to a professor’s questions and illustrations or asking your own questions about classroom material is essentially like being in the room.

As a distance student, you are also able to participate in classroom leadership. For example, in many counseling courses students research a topic and present their findings in the classroom. You are able to present slides and videos to the class just as the local students do, receiving immediate feedback from both peers and the professor. Live interaction and immediate feedback allow the professor to help you build the relational skills you need to effectively engage your clients.


Classes meet for a three-hour block of time one day each week on our regular HST schedule. You are present and engaged for the entire class period.

The MA in Counseling includes four one-week-intensive classes on our Memphis campus. This is a total of four weeks in Memphis over the course of your program.

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Presenting the Class of 2015

May 22, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Master of Arts

Brandon L. Moore

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Randy Steven Hohf
Lance Wade Love
Jesse L. Warren

Master of Arts in Counseling

Eric Walker Allen
Benjamin Paul Brownfield
Nathaniel Seth Hudson
Jessica C. Mays
Barbara Ann Pruitt
Benjamin Roberts III
Eric G. Suddeath
Leah Ashley Walker

Master of Divinity

Tim Alsup
Patrick Glen Barber
Steven Tramel Gaines
Bryan Henderson Greene
Cristopher Keith May
Nathan Michael Myers
Timothy Stephen Pate

Doctor of Ministry

Herbert Dale Hartman
Robert G. O’Lynn II

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Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

May 21, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. David B. Burks

Dr. David B. Burks

HST graduated 25 students (26 degrees!) Saturday, May 18. Dr. David B. Burks, who is retiring after 26 years as president of Harding University, delivered the commencement address. Dr. Allen Black, Professor of New Testament, gave the message from the faculty, and President-Designate Dr. Bruce McLarty offered the benediction. Dr. Leon Sanderson, President of the HST Alumni Association, served as worship leader.

There were many highlights of the day, but two stand out.

Quintin Baker

Baker in the HST Library

First, Quintin Baker, an HST student who passed away last summer at the age of 26, was honored with a Certificate of Recognition. His family was present and Patrick Baker, Quintin’s father, addressed the graduates and their families with a message of hope at the luncheon following commencement.

Second, Kyle Hooper graduated with the Master of Divinity. Kyle’s father and grandfather are also HST alumni, which makes Kyle the first third-generation student to graduate from HST.

The audience sings "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" to our graduates.

The audience sings “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” to our graduates.


And now, the class of 2013:

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts is an academically focused degree with a thesis requirement.

Glenn R. Hawley
James Andrew Sowers
John Paul Suchecki

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The MACM is a specialized degree focusing on a specific ministry area such as church planting, missions, or youth ministry.

Alan T. Arneson
Stephan Mark Connors
Marek Dawidow
Jared King
Christine Lynette Parker
Joe Thomas Spivy, Jr.

Master of Arts in Counseling

The MA in Counseling degree fulfills the educational requirement to sit for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the state of Tennessee.

Michelle Bates
Jessi R. Berger
David Edwin Mars
James Michael Piiparinen
Anastasia R. Randolph

Master of Divinity

The M.Div. degree is a broad degree (84 semester hours) that prepares students for a lifetime of ministry and leadership.

Gary Franklin Baird
Minku Andrew Chang
Chase Brandon Froud
Charles E. Fulbright, Jr.
Dennis Kyle Hooper
Chauncey Smith Hopkins
Craig M. Poole
Lewis Edward Short, III
James Andrew Sowers

Doctor of Ministry

The D.Min. degree builds on the work of the M.Div. and gives ministers even greater skills for their particular area of ministry. The dissertation focuses on an area of their current ministry setting.

Matthew Wayne Morine
Ryan Donald Richardson
Thomas Shannon Snow


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HST Library Goes the Distance

September 28, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

As HST continues to expand its efforts to make education available to more students through distance education, the library has kept pace by providing services to this our distance students. In the 2011-12 academic year, our librarians met nearly 400 student requests for materials. They posted 75 books in the mail, in addition to sending nearly 1,000 articles as PDF e-mail attachments, totaling over 20,000 pages. All this comes at a time when more materials are available online, both on the free web and through our paid subscriptions to databases like the ATLA Religion Database, PsychInfo, PsychArticles, and many others. All these digital services complement the physical collection of books on our Cherry Road campus. Overall, this means that HST students, even at a distance, have access to more materials than ever before.

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Church Audit Courses for Fall 2012

August 3, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The church audit program at HST has been a blessing for years. It is one of several ways that we partner with churches in the area and even a few that are farther away. Congregations that financially support HST at a certain level are entered into the church audit program. Members of those congregations are then eligible to audit select courses each semester for a minimal fee. The church auditors attend the same classes that our graduate students are in, and thus are able to study the Bible and ministry with our faculty.

Some auditors choose to complete all of the reading assignments and even take exams; others simply soak up the classroom part of the course. Either way, it is a great opportunity to sit in class with a highly trained professor for a terrific learning opportunity.

Fall 2012 options have been announced, and this diverse line-up features church history, ministry, and biblical text courses. Click on the course name to see the syllabus and get details for the class. Click on the professor’s name to get to know the teacher.

History of Christianity 1: Dr. Mark Powell (Tuesdays, 6-7pm, August 14 – December 4) surveys the theological and doctrinal history of Christianity in its cultural setting from the beginning of the church to the high medieval period. Attention is given to developments in Western Christianity.

Ministry and Community through Small Groups: Dr. Eddie Randolph
(This course meets in the one week intensive format, October 15 – 19, 8 – 5 Monday – Thursday, and 8 – 4 on Friday) studies how small groups are used in contemporary Christian settings and strategies for beginning and maintaining healthy small group ministries in different contexts.

Historical Books of the Old Testament: Dr. Phil McMillion (This course meets in the one week intensive format, October 15 – 20, 8:15 – 3:45 Monday – Friday, and 8:15 – noon Saturday) is an opportunity to look more carefully at the historical books, especially Joshua – Kings. The class will focus on the content of the material, why and how this material was recorded, and how this message is still relevant for a modern audience.

For more information or to register, click or call 901-761-1356

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Late May reminders – Summer syllabi, Fall registration

May 30, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

Students enrolled for Summer Semester

Please familiarize yourself with your syllabus if you haven’t already. Reading assignments are already underway for most courses, and assignments are already be due for some. If you haven’t already downloaded your syllabus, you will find it here.

Fall Semester Registration

Fall Semester registration is ongoing. If you are planning to take courses in the fall, you should connect with your academic advisor before registering. The course schedule is here. You may access pipeline for registration here.

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New Admissions Process for Counseling Programs

January 16, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

Effective January 13, 2012, new admissions procedures are in place for students applying to the counseling programs at HST. This applies to all students entering the HST counseling programs Fall 2012 and after. The deadline for submitting all applications for Fall 2012 admission to the counseling programs is April 18, 2012. For detailed information about the new admissions process for the counseling programs, follow this link.

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