The Bridge – Fall 2013

December 9, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Apprentice Chase Froud (left) and his mentor Anthony Wood (right) baptize John in the Arkansas River

Apprentice Chase Froud (left) and his mentor Anthony Wood (right) baptize John in the Arkansas River

Inside the Bridge Fall 13:
  • Dr. Evertt W. Huffard transitions from his dual role of Dean/VP to Dean.
  • Beng Chuan Tan, first recipient of the Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Sabbatical, shares his thoughts about life and faith.
  • An article about HST apprenticeships written by an apprentice and his mentor (see the picture above).
  • Thank you notes from HST students to scholarship donors
  • Updates and happenings on campus.

Read all of this and more in the Bridge Fall 13.

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Across The Bridge – Fall 2013: Change, Fellowship, Mentoring

December 9, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

The Fall 2013 issue of the Bridge covered Dr. Evertt W. Huffard’s transition from VP/Dean to dean, Beng Chuan Tan’s thoughts about his semester in Memphis, and an article about our apprenticeship program.

Beng Chuan TanBeng Chuan Tan was the first Hogan-Cate Asian Mission Sabbatical recipient. The Hogan-Cate endowment covers expenses for a ministry leader in Asia to spend a semester at HST for equipping and renewal. Beng Chuan spent the semester participating fully in the life of our campus as well as at Harding University in Searcy. He traveled in Texas, Illinois, and within Tennessee making connections with others in the US who are involved in Asian missions.

His thoughts were excerpted in the Bridge article. You may read his full article here.

In addition to the student “Thank-you Notes” for scholarship donors that were published in the Bridge, here are a few more:

Luke DockeryMy graduate school education has been a tremendous blessing to me and, by extension, to my church family, but as wonderful as) it is, it would simply not be financially possible for me to pursue a graduate degree without your generous support. — Luke Dockery, M.Div. student (Associate Minister, Farmington Church of Christ)

bowenIt’s hard to describe how important HST has been for my ministry. The knowledge, experience, insight and fellowship I’ve enjoyed there has been VITAL. You (donor) are a part of every victory won in the name of Christ. My family is transitioning from a stateside ministry to foreign missions in SE Asia. We’ll be there for some years, praying constantly that we might see God plant hundreds of churches and make thousands of obedient disciples. I invite you to pray with us to this end. You (donor) are, after all, already a part of everything we’ll be allowed to do by the God who sends us in His name. – Michael Bowen, M.Div. student

Thank you so much for your willingness to sacrifice in the hopes of blessing those you might never meet. — Russell Taylor, M.A. in Christian Ministry student

Femi OsibinYour support shows that you understand what it means to be participants in the gospel. My prayer for you all is that you will be assured in the fact that you are not only helping someone in the present, but by helping preachers reach their full potential, you are blessing congregations in the future. – Femi Osibin, M.Div. student

I hope and pray that you are filled with peace because of the impact your donations are making in the lives of students like me and the kingdom work that happens as a result of the academic work at HST. – Bob Palmer, M.Div. student


Spreading the Word Abroad! HST alumni Yoshiya (MAR ’94) and Emiko Noguchi (MDiv ’97) and their children sport HST “Run for the Son” t-shirts in Japan. Dwight Albright (MTh ’74 and MA ’77) took the photo on a recent visit.

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Holiday Hours at HST

November 25, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

HST offices and the library will be close at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon (11/26) for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will re-open Monday (12/2).

HST offices and the library will be closed 12/23 through 1/1 for the Christmas break.

HST offices and the library will be closed Monday, 1/21, for the Dr. King holiday.

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Sanderson Reflects on the HST Alma Mater

November 19, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

sandersonLeon Sanderson recently reflected on the composition of the HST Alma Mater.

An alma mater is written to recognize a school providing training and growth for life ahead. The graduate school of Harding with its beginning in Searcy in 1954 has a rich heritage out of which this process has occurred for more than 1200 students. With the desire to affirm and celebrate the service of Harding School of Theology, Bill Flatt, Don Kinder and Leon Sanderson set out to write an honoring piece.

The concept at the beginning was to consider the work of HST as a pebble in a lake that produces ever-widening circles. The stanzas speak of the vision of the founding fathers lived out through commitment and Christian service world-wide. After review, Carisse Berryhill captured this focus in the phrase, “to seek, to learn, to be.” The opening notes of the piece mirror the Harding University Alma Mater written by L. O. Sanderson. The “foothills of the Ozarks” are reflected in the “banks of the river.” [Mississippi river] The chorus opens in majestic unison with recognition of God and our relationship with Him, “O God you are our God.” These words make clear the importance of theology in the school’s name. Thus a song is born to describe and perpetuate this distinguished institution.

Read the lyrics or download the sheet music.

Sanderson earned the M.R.E. (1963), M.Div. (1988), and D.Min. (2007) from HST. He was named Alumnus of the Year in 2008, and currently serves as the president of the HST Alumni Association.

He serves as associate minister at the Church of Christ at White Station in Memphis.

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Theological Libraries Month

October 31, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

The HST library polished off Theological Libraries Month by hosting a costume party with a catch: all costumes had to reflect a person or concept found in a book in the HST library. There was plenty to choose from, with the HST library holding thousands of books including Biblical study, theology, archaeology, church history, counseling, missions, preaching, ministry, biography and more. Bible characters, various Romans and restorationists, and some interesting concepts dropped in for refreshments and fellowship.

If you act now, you can catch a few of the pictures on the HST Library Twitter feed.

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summersChaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Michael Waymon Summers, M.Th. ’82, has been an army chaplain for more than 20 years. He has served in Germany, Croatia, Afghanistan, and several US Army Posts. In mid-July, the Adjutant General of Georgia appointed Summers the Joint Forces Headquarters (State) Chaplain for the Georgia Department of Defense. This means that he is the supervising chaplain for the Georgia Air and Army National Guard.

“I did not plan to be a military chaplain, but the degree here prepared and qualified me. I could not have been a military chaplain without the preparation I received at HST. Particularly, the rigorous training in research in Biblical studies and the equipping in counseling helped prepare me for specific tasks I have encountered.” – Michael Waymon Summers

Summers is also providing a Call for Fire seminar for churches about learning to pray from the prayers of the Bible.

Summers is married to Morrisa Watson Summers, who is a current student at HST.

Connect with Michael on Facebook.

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Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Award Missions Lunch

September 23, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Steve Cate and Gordon Hogan were on campus Thursday, September 19, to visit with Beng Chuan Tan, the inaugural recipient of the Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment. Brother Cate gave a brief introduction in chapel, then the three men hosted a brown bag lunch to share their experience with HST students.


Tan, Cate, Hogan

Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment

The Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment honors the efforts of longtime missionaries Steve and Jeannie Cate in Indonesia, and Gordon and Jane Hogan in Singapore by providing a sabbatical for a church leader or missionary in Asia. The recipient spends a semester at HST taking classes and participating in the Harding University Lectureship and other events.

Beng Chuan Tan

Beng Chuan Tan is spending this semester at HST taking courses, visiting with local ministers and churches, and traveling to meet with church leaders in other parts of the country. Beng Chuan has served as an elder for seven years and is preparing for a staff ministry role at the Pasir Panjang Church of Christ in Singapore. The Pasir Panjang church is known for involvement in missions, with many members participating in short-term projects in various parts of Asia.

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Oster to Present 2013 West Lectures

September 16, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

richard.oster.2HST professor Dr. Richard E. Oster will present the 2013 West Lectures September 26-27 on the HST campus. He will speak on the theme of “New Creation” from the book of Revelation. Oster will speak Thursday, September 26, 7:30, in the auditorium of the W.B.West, Jr. Education Center.

Dr. Oster will be signing copies of his recent book, Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible, in the library after the lecture.

Oster will dialogue with students Friday morning in the Hospitality Room.

The event is free of charge.

The W.B. West Jr. Lectures for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship honor 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, presented by the Student Association at HST, bring outstanding Christian scholars to the campus to speak on subjects of current interest in the church.

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The Bridge – Summer 2013

August 30, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

The Class of 2013

The Class of 2013

Inside the Summer 2013 Issue of The Bridge:
  • Harding School of Theology welcomes new administrators and faculty.
  • HST unveils theme for the 2013-2014 academic year: New Creation.
  • Honor to whom honor is due: congratulations to the class of 2013.
  • Mid-south Professional Center graduates first class of master’s students on the HST campus.
  • Updates and happenings on campus.

Read all of this and more in the Summer 2013 issue of The Bridge.

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Dr. Bruce McLarty


The Summer 2013 Issue of The Bridge welcomed Dr. Bruce McLarty, Dr. Jim Martin, and Dr. Carlus Gupton to the HST Administration and Faculty.

Dr. McLarty, the fifth president of Harding University, earned the M.Th. degree at HST in 1982. His inauguration will be held September 20th on the Searcy campus. You may read his bio, offer congratulations, and learn about the events surrounding the inauguration here.

Follow Dr. McLarty on Twitter.

Dr. Martin will serve as the first full-time vice-president on the Memphis campus. Here is the press release announcing his appointment to this position.

Here are some of Dr. Martin’s thoughts about coming to HST:

You may also follow Dr. Martin on Twitter, or follow his blog posts at Dr. Martin also serves as a Community Leader on Michael Hyatt’s Leadership Blog.

Dr. Carlus Gupton


Dr. Gupton has been an adjunct professor of ministry at HST for over a decade, and comes full time for the Spring 2014 semester. Gupton, currently professor of Church Leadership at Johnson University, has spent 20 years preaching in Tennessee and Alabama, and has also taught at the University of Tennessee School of Communication Studies.

Read an article from a previous Bridge about his LifeAndLeadership website.

Follow Dr. Gupton on Twitter.

Video: B. Chris Simpson, HST student, on the true meaning of “Deeper Faith. Higher Standards.” Hint: BBQ!

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