Brite Divinity School is affiliated with and located at Texas Christian University. It is also affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Along with being accredited by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Brite is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and receives support for its Baptist Studies program from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. About thirty different denominations are represented in the student body of Brite, with the largest two usually being members of the Disciples of Christ and the United Methodist Churches. The current 25 full-time faculty members represent several different Protestant denominations; there are also two Roman Catholic scholars, and a Jewish scholar on the faculty. Brite Divinity School is proudly open and affirming of all people regardless of race/ethnicity, gender/sex, sexual orientation/sexual identity, gender identity/presentation, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical ability, and physical disability. Brite seeks to welcome all people in their courses with an inclusive language policy. The Divinity School asks all students, faculty, and staff when on campus to use inclusive language. This includes but is not limited to language about God, divinity, humanity, culture, nationalities, races, and religions, with regard to characteristics such as sex, gender, sexual identities, social class, age, and differing abilities. In addition Brite is deeply committed to diversity and social justice.
New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity. The history, theology, literature, religion, and language of early Christianity in Graeco-Roman and Jewish settings. Contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling. The theory and practice of ministry in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling.
History and Theology. Preparation in theological analysis and constructive formulation, including study in history, theology, historical theology, and ethics.
Women’s Studies Certificate for Th.M. and Ph.D. Students In 2005, Brite began cooperating with other Texas Christian University graduate departments and schools in offering a Women’s Studies Certificate Program. This program is currently open to Brite Th.M. and Ph.D. students and to others on a case-by-case basis. To earn the Certificate, students must complete twelve hours of course work: BRIT 90003: Graduate Colloquium in Feminist Methodology and Theory, and three additional Brite courses approved for the program.
Doctor of Philosophy
Brite Divinity School offers the Doctor of Philosophy in two areas: Biblical Interpretation and Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling
Ph.D. In Biblical Interpretation
Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation includes successful completion of forty-eight semester hours, qualifying examinations leading to candidacy, and a dissertation. A cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or better is required. All courses, an area of concentration in either Hebrew Bible or New Testament, and a second area of study, must be selected in collegial dialogue with the student’s advisor. Areas of Study:
Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and Literature of Early Judaism. The history, literature, religion, and language of ancient Israel and Early Judaism in ancient Near Eastern and Jewish settings, including contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity. The history, literature, religion and language of early Christianity in Graeco-Roman and Jewish settings, including contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
Themes and Issues in Biblical Theology. The theology of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament as both distinctive, separate collections, and as two related parts of the larger Christian Bible, including contemporary models of approaching biblical theology.
History of Biblical Interpretation. The major historical interpretations of the Bible, beginning with biblical writers’ interpretations of earlier texts and traditions and continuing through the major periods of Christianity (patristic, medieval, renaissance and reformation, and modern and contemporary).
Theological Hermeneutics. The major models of modern and contemporary theology, their interpretation, and their use of the Bible in constructive work.
Ph.D. In Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling
Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling The Ph.D. program in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling is designed to train women and men in the academic disciplines of pastoral theology, pastoral care, and pastoral counseling. In keeping with the mission of Brite Divinity School, graduates of this program will make significant contributions to the Academy and to the Church through scholarship, original research, and practice. Graduates will serve as teachers and supervisors in educational institutions(universities, colleges, seminaries, medical schools), as pastors and pastoral care specialists in local churches, and as chaplains and pastoral counselors in clinical contexts (pastoral counseling centers, medical centers, hospitals).
Stephen V. Sprinkle Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry. The first open and out Gay scholar in the history of the Divinity School and author of Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims.
Toni Craven, I. Wylie and Elizabeth Briscoe Professor of Hebrew Bible and noted author on Feminism and Scripture and related issues.
President: D. Newell Williams
Dean and Executive Vice President: Joretta Marshall
Vice President of Finance and Business: Beverly Cotton
Assistant to the President, Chief Advancement Officer: Tamara Rodenberg
Associate Dean of Student Affairs: Bryan Feille
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Jeffrey Williams
Theological Librarian: Charles Bellinger
Director of Admissions: Valerie Forstman
Director of Presbyterian Studies: Warner M. Bailey
Director of Methodist Studies: Jim Sanders
Director of Development Operations-Larry J. Brown Jr.
Director of the Borderlands Center for Latina/Latino Church Studies: Luis Bernard
Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry: Stephen V. Sprinkle
Director of Lay and Continuing Education: Eilene Theilig