The faculty members for the core courses in the HST D.Min. are highly focused. Each brings years of experience in scholarship and practical ministry.
Dr. Dave L. Bland, Professor of Homiletics, D.Min. Co-Director (Dr. Bland’s Faculty Page)
B.A., Harding University, 1976; M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1980; D.Min., Western Baptist Seminary, 1985; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1994.
Dave Bland is professor of homiletics and serves as co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program. For sixteen years he served as one of the preaching ministers for the Church of Christ at White Station in Memphis. Currently he serves as the part-time adult education minister at White Station.
For thirteen years he lived in Portland, Oregon and preached for the Eastside Church of Christ before coming to Harding School of Theology in 1993. Dave has published numerous books and articles with a wide variety of publishers including Westminster John Knox Press, Chalice, Abingdon, ACU Press, BakerBooks, College Press, Cascade, and Wipf & Stock. Between 2000 and 2010 he co-edited a series of eleven books on preaching from different genres of Scripture.
Dave continues to serve as a section editor for the journal Homiletic, responsible for reviewing recent books published in the field of preaching. Besides homiletics, another of his areas of expertise is wisdom literature and in particular the book of Proverbs. He has published a commentary in the NIV Commentary series with College Press on Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs (2002). He has also published a book with Cascade Publishers entitled Proverbs and the Formation of Character (2015) and co-authored a book entitled Creation, Character, and Wisdom (Wipf & Stock, 2016).
He is married to Nancy Cochran Bland. They have three adult sons and five grandchildren. He enjoys morning workouts, hunting with his sons, and outdoor activities with the whole family.
Dr. Carlus Gupton, Professor of Ministry, D.Min. Co-Director (Dr. Gupton’s Faculty Page)
Freed-Hardeman University; B.A., Liscomb University, 1982; M.Div., Harding School of Theology, 1988; D.Min., Abilene Christian University, 1993; University of Memphis; Murray State University; University of Tennessee. Harding since 2014 (adjunct 1997-2013).
Carlus Gupton is Professor of Ministry, Director of Field Education, and Co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program. Before coming to HST, he was Professor of Ministry at Johnson University, where he still serves as an adjunct, and also taught at the University of Tennessee. Carlus teaches courses in church leadership, spiritual formation and conflict, and has also taught New Testament, theology and communication. He began preaching at an early age, and has over 30 years of professional experience in ministry for congregations small and large. He received his education from Freed-Hardeman University (1977-78); Lipscomb University (B.A., 1982), Harding School of Theology (M.Div., 1988); and Abilene Christian University (D.Min., 1993), and also studied organizational leadership at Murray State University, University of Memphis, and University of Tennessee.
For the past twenty years, Carlus has maintained an active schedule of consulting, coaching, and intentional interim ministry, having worked with over 100 churches and organizations. He is a member of Hope Network Ministries and Society for Church Consulting, is a Certified Christian Conciliator™, Advanced Human Behavior Consultant, Everything DiSC® Authorized Partner, and holds extensive certifications in ministry transitions, strategic renewal, congregational change, self-differentiated leadership, conflict intervention, and problem-solving. He is also a specialist in instrumented learning utilizing tools such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Grip-Birkman, and Conflict Styles, and has led over 1,000 people through the DISC Profile. Carlus is a graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, and has a passion for integrating spiritual practices and strategic initiatives such as appreciative inquiry and asset mapping in congregational development. Two of his special interests are embedding empowering perspectives and practices in church life and leadership, and navigating congregational policies on complex theological issues in ways that both strengthen unity and forward mission. Carlus is an energetic presenter of numerous workshops, lectures, and sermons for churches and conferences across the nation.
Dr. Gupton is the founder and publisher of LifeandLeadership.com, a website with over 1,500 pages of resources for church leaders, and DISCPersonalitySource.com, which features the popular DISC Profile System.
Carlus is married to Ann Yarbrough Gupton. They have two grown daughters. He is a native of Mayfield, Kentucky, and still cheers for his hometown football team. His other interests include running, watching first run movies on the big screen, and listening to his favorite music (especially Irish jigs and reels).
Dr. Evertt W. Huffard, Professor of Leadership and Missions (Dr. Huffard’s Faculty Page)
Lubbock Christian College; B.A., Harding University, 1971; M.A., Harding School of Theology, 1973; M.Th., 1976; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1985.
Evertt W. Huffard is Professor of Leadership and Missions at Harding School of Theology, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has taught for 29 years. He directed the D.Min. program for 10 years at HST, then served as VP/Dean for 15 years. In 1997 he received the Distinguished Teacher Award from Harding University. He is a consultant for church leaders as one of the partners in Hope Network Ministries. He provides church equipping for missions through Mission Resource Network. He has hosted over twenty tour groups to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. In 2014 he consulted for twenty-four churches in nine states and participated in church leadership development in Australia, Honduras, Israel, and Mozambique. In 2016 he hosted a tour to Greece and Ephesus. The last half of the year he taught in Singapore, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, and Zambia.
His cross-cultural experiences began as a teenager when his parents moved to Jerusalem, Jordan in 1963. He attended an Arab High School on the West Bank. He returned to the USA in 1967 and after graduating from Lubbock Christian University (A.A.), Harding University (B.A.), and Harding School of Theology (M.A. and M.Th.) he worked with the Church of Christ in Nazareth, Israel and taught Bible at the Galilee Christian High School. He completed a Ph.D. in Inter-Cultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985 with a focus on the Muslim-Christian encounter. He has ten years of urban ministry experience in Los Angeles and Memphis. He lectures on leadership, missions, biblical archaeology, and the Muslim-Christian encounter. He was a participant in a faith-based diplomacy project with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Amman, Jordan in 2011.
Evertt and his wife, Ileene, have three children and eight grandchildren.
Bob Turner, Theological Librarian (Bob’s Faculty Page)
B.A., Harding University, 2004; M.Div., Harding School of Theology, 2009; MSLIS, University of Illinois, 2013.
Bob Turner serves on the board for HopeWorks, a group that offers career training, adult education, and prison re-entry opportunities for the poor. He works with the Church of Christ at White Station as a twice-monthly preacher and works with the Adult Education Committee, Children’s Ministry Team, and Young Professionals Class.
He attended Harding University, Harding School of Theology, and the University of Illinois. His academic interests include theological librarianship, ethics, race relations, food and theology, Stone-Campbell studies, and homiletics.
He has made presentations for the American Theological Library Association, Christian Scholars Conference, Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, and Christian College Librarians. He has published in Theological Librarianship, Restoration Quarterly, and the Stone-Campbell Journal.
He is collaborating on digital projects including the Stone-Campbell Teaching Archive, Restoration Serials Index, Mission Journal: An Oral History, and the ongoing efforts of the Meredith Restoration History Archive.
He is a native of Amherst, Ohio. He and Andrea have two daughters, Julia and Kathryn. His ideal day is taking them to Shelby Farms, the Children’s Museum, or the Zoo (and grabbing coffee on the way). Otherwise, he can be found reading a book, jogging, cooking, eating at dive restaurants, and suffering alongside the Cleveland Browns.