The Amridge University Board of Regents chartered the Turner School of Theology in 1999 in profound appreciation of Rex and Opal Turner, founders of the University. The board deemed it appropriate to establish a school of theology in their name to honor and recognize the personal labors and sacrifices made by Rex and Opal Turner for the cause of Christ. Dr. Rex Turner, Sr., was an avid student of Scripture who was well loved for his biblical scholarship. He was known for his insight and vision, his, administrative acumen, tireless efforts, and commitment to training church leaders, ministers, and Bible teachers for a world that needs Christ.
The purpose of the Turner School of Theology is to provide for the educational development of qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers, church leaders, teachers, and scholars who will use their gifts and knowledge in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. To accomplish this purpose, the School seeks to prepare students for the ministerial and teaching professions and for effective voluntary Christian service through both academic and practical studies on the graduate level. The programs of instruction are biblical in orientation, scholarly in intellectual preparation, and relevant to contemporary life in application. These programs include a strong emphasis in biblical studies, supported by studies in such fields as biblical languages, church history, systematic theology, homiletics and communication, religious education, professional ministerial studies, and missiology.
Degrees offered include the Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Practical Ministry, Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies. There are several degrees which allow concentration in the Old Testament or the New Testament.
Additionally, the University has a commitment to public service. Customized, on-demand needs may be met through continuing education efforts offered by the Amridge University School of Continuing Education. These training sessions are typically designed for life-long learners not pursuing academic degrees.
EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY