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Samford's Ministry Training Institute exists to equip Christians to be leaders in their churches and communities through theological education and practical ministry training.

Samford’s Ministry Training Institute is a non-degree program that equips ministers and lay leaders for service in God's Kingdom through quality biblical, theological and practical ministry education.  We offer an array of educational opportunities including a variety of online certificates and extension courses administered all over the southeast. Each course, seminar or workshop is biblically based and administered with the highest quality and integrity. Highly qualified and experienced instructors lead each educational opportunity.


The Diploma in Biblical Studies, Advanced Diploma and Biblical Studies Diploma of Distinction are offered throughout 33 extension centers across the southeast.  Our curriculum includes 24 standardized courses.  A student is awarded the Diploma in Biblical Studies after completing 8 courses, awarded the Advanced Diploma after completing 16 courses and Diploma of Distinction after completing 24 courses.   The cost is $50 per course.  Students who register using our online registration system will not be subject to the $10 processing fee.  




Spring A: Paul's Letters

The Pauline Epistles make up more than a third of the New Testament writings, and therefore it is important that Christians understand why Paul wrote his letters. Students will study the content of the letters and find application for their own Christian journey


Paul Davis


Meeting Times & Location: 

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

January 25 - March 15

Westwood Baptist Church

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Spring B: Biblical Foundations 1

Many Christians have not taken time to study the various doctrines of the Bible that are critical to our spiritual growth. The first section of Biblical Foundations will engage students in doctrines such as the trinity, the second coming, the afterlife, etc. An Understanding of these Biblical foundations will lead believers to a deeper relationship with God. 


Coby Goins


Meeting Times:

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

March 29 - May 17

Westwood Baptist Church

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Westwood Baptist Church

4001 Georgetown Rd NW

Cleveland, TN 37312


For additional information, contact Paul Davis


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Paul Davis

Paul Davis serves as Director for the Cleveland Extension Site of Samford University's Ministry Training Institute (MTI). Paul was born and raised in Cleveland.  He and his family have attended Westwood since he was five years old. After 17 years of working in a corporate job in the paper & packaging industry and in real estate, he was called to join the ministry team at Westwood in 2004. After serving as Minister of Education for four years, he moved into an executive pastor’s role with responsibilities in administration and educational ministries.  He now continues in this role as the Associate Pastor. 

He is a graduate of Lee University and completed his MBA in Christian Ministry at Bryan College.  He will begin his doctoral studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary this fall.  Paul and his wife Connie have two canine sidekicks named Spencer and Baxter.

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Daniel Malone

Senior Pastor of Big Spring Baptist Church

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