Activities & Organizations
The daily chapel service is one of the most important periods of the day. A majority of the reflections and readings in chapel are shaped by the theme for the year. Both students and faculty assist in planning programs that help to create a community of faith and service. The quiet reverence of the devotional periods and the thoughtful consideration of vital questions in human living provide memorable worship experiences that are cherished throughout the student’s life. These services are held in the beautiful Pittman Chapel, named in honor of a beloved preacher, Sam Pittman, and in memory of his lifetime of distinguished service to the church and to Christian education.
W.B. West Jr. Lectures
Through the initiative of the 1976–77 Student Association, students, alumni and friends began an endowment for the W.B. West Jr. Lectures for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship in honor of Dr. W.B. West Jr., founding dean of the School of Theology. Dr. West served the School of Theology as dean until 1972 and as professor of New Testament until his retirement in 1978.
These lectures bring outstanding Christian scholars to the campus to speak on subjects of current interest in the church.
Annual Ministry Forum
The School of Theology conducts a ministry forum each spring on some area of interest to church leaders such as the restoration movement. Alumni Association officers choose topics and presenters for this forum.
Since its formation in 1967, the Student Association (SA) has become an essential means of fostering unity and fellowship among the student body. SA has close ties with the administration, nominating members for standing committees of the school and making recommendations concerning policy. In addition to planning chapel devotionals and initiating various student activities, the SA sponsors the annual W.B. West Jr. Lectures for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship each fall and six academic awards at graduation. The six awards are: the M.Div. Academic Award, the M.A. Academic Award, the M.A.C.M. Academic Award, the Jack P. Lewis Ministry of Study Award, the Hebrew Award and the Velma R. West Greek Award. The SA publishes a student newsletter and coordinates informal athletic activities throughout the year. The SA also hosts banquets, devotionals, picnics and campus movies.
The Alumni Association works for the welfare of the school in various ways, such as fund raising and hosting the annual Ministry Forum. The organization consists of a president, three vice presidents and an executive secretary. Officers are elected biennially. Alumni stay in contact with the school through the HST Alumni Facebook group.