Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

College of Bible & Ministry


The College of Bible and Ministry at Hardin seeks to lead all students to know, live and share God’s Word and to understand, love and serve God’s world through and beyond their chosen vocation.

Our students choose from one of seven different Bachelor of Arts degrees that emphasize family ministry (including ministry to children and teens), missions, preaching, or vocational ministry.

The Harding School of Theology (HST)  offers the following graduate programs: Master of Arts  (New Testament, Old Testament, History or Doctrine), Master of Arts in Christian Ministry , Master of Divinity , and Doctor of Ministry .

Transfer policies

Students who transfer from other colleges or universities and who major in Bible are required to take 10 upper-level hours in Bible at Harding. Six of these must be in the Old and New Testament divisions and the remaining four distributed according to the recommendation of the dean.

Students wishing to transfer from schools of preaching and/or graduates from two-year schools of preaching who enter Harding may apply for up to 40 hours of credit in Bible, biblical languages and missions courses. The process for validating the transferred credit follows University policies found in the Course Policies section.

Bible Minors

Students with a COBAM major may complete a minor from COBAM as long as the course work includes at least nine credit hours beyond the courses required for the major (that is, beyond the courses required in liberal arts, the COBAM core, and the COBAM emphasis for the major).

Bible and Ministry Core: 60 Hours

Degree programs in the College of Bible & Ministry  (except for Bible and Divinity, Theological Studies, and Missions as a Second Major) share a uniform core of classes that serve as foundational to all future ministry pursuits. The purpose of the core is to equip Bible majors with basic tools and knowledge for ministry. The College of Bible and Ministry core consists of:

Biblical Text: 14 Hours

History, Theology, and Philosophy: 18 Hours

Choose one of the following History/Theology courses:


  • *Bible and Missions majors are required to take BMIS 3080 .


Dean: Monte Cox, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Jesse Robertson, Ph.D.


Scott E. Adair, D.Min.
     Director of the Center for Family Ministries
Monte Cox, Ph.D.
     William and Doris Fulks Distinguished Chair of the College of Bible & Ministry
Shawn Z. Daggett, Th.D.
     Director of the Center for World Missions
R. Allen Diles, Th.D.
Jesse Robertson, Ph.D.
Devin Swindle, D.Min.
     Director of the Center for Preaching
Timothy P. Westbrook, Ph.D.
     Director of the Center for Distance Education in Bible and Ministry
Kevin J. Youngblood, Ph.D.

Associate Professors:

Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Jordan Guy, Ph.D.
Nathan Guy, Ph.D.
     Director of the Bioethics and Human Dignity Initiative
Kraig Martin, Ph.D.
Daniel Oden, Ph.D.
Mac S. Sandlin, Ph.D.
     Director of Theological Studies
Anessa Westbrook, D.Min.
Carl Williamson, D.Min.
     Andy T. Ritchie Distinguished Chair for Church Planting and Discipleship

Assistant Professors:

Andrew Baker, Ph.D.
     Director of the Office of Community Connection
Kevin Burr, Ph.D.
Jason Darden, D.Min.


Patrick Bowman, M.Div.
Gary Jackson, M.A.
Alicia Williamson, M.A.

Missionaries in Residence:

O’Neal Tankersley, B.A. (International)

Assisting from Other Colleges:

Nick Boone, Ph.D.
Heath Carpenter, Ph.D.
Michael Claxton, Ph.D.
Steve Cooper, Ph.D.
Jon Singleton, Ph.D.


Bachelor of Arts

Accelerated Programs