2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

School of Religion

Darrell Gwaltney , Dean

Scott Allen*, Dane Anthony*, Marty Bell, Marianne Blickenstaff*, Robert Byrd, Kathy Chambers*, Guy Chmieleski*, William Choate*, Ann Coble*, Ray Conner*, Stephanie Crowder, Ben Curtis, Clyde Cutrer (professor emeritus), Joel Emerson*, Steve Guthrie, Scott Harris*, Marilyn Holland-Shuey*, Sally Holt, Tom Knowles-Bagwell*, Gene Lovelace*, Mark McEntire, Megan McMurtry*, Martha Woody Minardi*, Bill Owen*, Charles Parker*, Lori Patton*, Steven Reed*, Jon Roebuck*, Joseph Rosas*, Thomas Russell*, Steven Simpler, Judy Skeen, Andrew Smith*, Harold Smith*, William Summey*, Tayon Swafford*, John Tullock (professor emeritus), Andy Watts, Micah Weedman*


The School of Religion seeks to be a premier academic community that nurtures a living faith in God, reflects critically on its discipline, and develops skills for Christian ministry, and distinguishes itself through its emphases on contemplative spirituality and social justice.


The purpose of the School of Religion is to provide student-centered, academically challenging religion classes to the diverse student body of Belmont University and to provide a foundation of religious studies for students preparing for congregational ministry and advanced theological studies.


  1. To provide all Belmont students with a solid foundation in biblical and theological studies.
  2. To teach courses for religion majors and minors in the following areas: biblical languages, biblical studies, religion and society, theological and historical studies, practical studies, seminars and special studies.
  3. To offer professional education courses in practical ministry.
  4. To offer continuing education opportunities to ministers and laity.
  5. To integrate contemplative spirituality and social justice into the curricular and co-curricular program.