Kearley Graduate School of Theology

ATS (Association of Theological Schools) Accreditation for Graduate Bible Program

The Kearley Graduate School of Theology will receive an evaluation committee from the Association of Theological Schools April 9-12. The school is seeking initial accreditation for its MA and PhD programs. The committee invites comments from all constituents regarding the quality of the school and its programs. All comments received will be available to the evaluation committee. You may send comments to
Dr. Debbie Cramer
Association of Theological Schools
Dr. Scott Gleaves
Kearley Graduate School of Theology
Faulkner University
KGST has conducted a three-year Self-Study in preparation for this evaluation visit. To access the Self-Study report, please email

See our Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The School and Its Purpose
The Kearley Graduate School of Theology (KGST) seeks to emulate Christ in attitude and behavior, thereby equipping its students to become effective Christian communicators and servants in both the church and the world.  Students who choose to enter the Kearley Graduate School of Theology will find a spiritually oriented faculty who seek excellence in both scholarship and Christian service. KGST is a unit of Faulkner university and operates under the supervision of the Dean of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies, Dr. Scott Gleaves.

The Christian Values of the School
The V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies is committed to upholding doctrines and practices common to a cappella Churches of Christ. Representative values are articulated in “Here We Stand,” written by Cecil May, Jr., who is Dean Emeritus of the university’s College of Biblical Studies.

KGST Degree Plans

At the end of the Spring 2017 semester the KGST faculty proposed a streamlined set of degree plans that should make the program more efficient and more effective. Links below will open pages with degree plans as proposed by the faculty to begin in Academic Year 2017-2018. These links are provided to assist in planning, but consultation with the student’s academic advisor is crucial. Until officially announced otherwise, the most recent Catalog is the catalog of record.

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program is a 36 hour degree focusing on the text of the Bible. The program prepares graduates for church ministry or for further academic studies, particularly for a PhD in Biblical Studies.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program is a 36 hour degree focusing on various aspects of church ministry.  The program prepares graduates for general congregational ministry or for youth and family ministry.

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry program  is a 36 hour degree focusing on ministerial counseling.  This is a non-licensure program that prepares graduates for counseling  and serving families in a church setting.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program prepares graduates for advanced opportunities in teaching, publication, and ministry.

The Kearley Graduate School of  Theology, as a unit of Faulkner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Kearley Graduate School of Theology is a candidate for accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools.

More information

Our KGST Information Sources page can point you to the KGST Student Handbook, Graduate Catalogs, costs for tuition and fees, standards for refunds, admissions requirements, and distance learning opportunities.

The KGST Faculty page provides information on the academic credentials of our professors.

You can contact the KGST Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Randall C. Bailey, at or 334‑386‑7663. His office is in Room 249 of the Harris-Parker Building on Faulkner’s main campus. The fax number is 334‑386‑7203.