samford university ministry training institute at westwood

The Samford University Ministry Training Institute (MTI) will begin offering courses leading to a Diploma in Biblical Studies through the Cleveland Extension at Westwood starting August 26th.  The initial diploma consists of eight 8-week courses with a tuition of $50 per course.  The (2) courses offered this Fall are listed below along with the registration links. 

These are in-person courses and will follow the Samford University social distancing guidelines.  

However, we will also offer a real-time remote capability through WebEx.  This will be a live-streaming option where you can watch and participate in the course, as it is occurring, from your location.  


This program is available for open registration.  Invitations to participate are available to anyone who would like to apply.

Please contact Neil Harper at nharper@westwoodlife.org for more information.

Dr. Steve Smartt serves as the senior pastor of Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN. A graduate of Lee University, Dr. Smartt holds a M.Div. in Great Commission Studies and a D.Min. in Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After ten years in banking and management, Dr. Smartt entered pastoral ministry to serve churches in TN, FL, KY and GA.  In addition to serving the local church, Dr. Smartt is a part-time professor and advisor at Lee University, an adjunct professor in the College of Theology at Grand Canyon Universtiy, and has been a visiting professor of marriage and family at the Kiyv Theological Seminary in Kiyv, Ukraine.  He is currently pursuing his second doctorate, a PhD in Intercultural Studies, at Columbia International University.

Neil Harper serves as Director for the Cleveland Extension Site of Samford University's Ministry Training Institute (MTI). Neil also serves as Assistant Pastor for Educational Ministries at Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN. In addition to his ministry at MTI and Westwood, Neil is an adjunct instructor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and part-time faculty at Lee University, where he teaches courses such as Criminal Justice & Christian Faith, Human Trafficking, Ethics in Criminal Justice, and Introduction to Criminal Justice. Neil is pursuing an Ed.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and holds the following degrees:

M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.S., Missouri University of Science & Technology
MPA, City University
Graduate Certificate, Oklahoma State University
B.S., Francis Marion University
A.S., Georgia Military College