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Faulkner and Heritage Christian universities to cooperate in graduate theology education

The two universities announced an agreement that will allow HCU master's program graduates to transition into Faulkner's doctoral program.

Two Alabama universities associated with Churches of Christ — Faulkner, in Montgomery, and Heritage Christian, in Florence — announced a cooperative agreement between their graduate programs last week.

Officials from each school signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday to grant graduates of HCU’s master’s programs the ability to continue their studies in Faulkner’s doctoral program in biblical studies. Those students would also be eligible to apply for scholarships.

From left to right, Carole Medley, W. Kirk Brothers, Mike Williams and Dale Kirkland attend a memorandum signing on Faulkner University's campus Sept. 30.

From left to right, District Judge Carole Medley, HCU President W. Kirk Brothers, Faulkner President Mike Williams and Dale Kirkland attend a memorandum signing on Faulkner University’s campus Sept. 30.

The administrators present included Faulkner President Mike Williams and HCU President W. Kirk Brothers along with Dale Kirkland, chairman of Faulkner’s board of trustees and member of HCU’s board, and Carole Medley, Lauderdale County district judge and member of both boards.

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In a joint press release, both presidents said the move was motivated by a mutual desire to benefit the kingdom of God.

“The whole spirit of this goes back to our founders and our forefathers,” Williams said. “Both of our institutions wanted to prepare people to go into ministry and be prepared in the text and to really make a powerful impact on the kingdom, so today — hopefully — is mission attainment of what they wanted from us from the beginning.”

Likewise, Brothers said, “While we might have students that make decisions on whether or not they go to our different schools, at the end of the day we’re all on the same team and the same cause. We want God to be glorified and his cause to be advanced. I think the more bridges we have and the more we work together, the better.”

Filed under: Biblical Studies Carole Medley Christian universities Dale Kirkland Faulkner University HCU Heritage Christian University Mike Williams News Partners Top Stories W. Kirk Brothers

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