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


Parables of Jesus

Jesus Christ was a master storyteller and often taught in parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning and Jesus would often use this type of communication when speaking to the crowds. This course will take careful examination on each of the parables found in the Gospels and teach students how to apply the heavenly meanings to increase their intimacy with God.

January 24th - March 14th

Tuesdays at 6pm

Instructor: TBD

$50 Class Fee

Christian Apologetics

What is apologetics? Some Christians believe it to mean apologizing for their faith, however the word comes from the Greek, apologia from 1 Peter 3:15. It means to “give a defense” for the things we believe as believers. This course will prepare students to “give a defense for the hope that is within them.” Study will be given on creationism, the resurrection, suffering and Christ as the only way to salvation.

March 27th - May 15th

Tuesdays at 6pm

Instructor: TBD

$50 Class Fee


Westwood Baptist Church

4001 Georgetown Rd NW

Cleveland, TN 37312


For additional information, contact Paul Davis