• A Message from the Director

    Kevin Blackwell
    Dr. Kevin D. Blackwell
    Since its inception in 1947 the Samford Extension Division has been a forerunner in making theological education available to anyone who had a desire to learn.  Over time, the extension division has had different names, different locations and thousands of students.  Yet one consistent theme through it all has been the level of quality instruction given to the participants. It is a great privilege to be the director of Samford extension and I am excited about its future.  As of January 1, 2014 the Samford extension has been renamed, Samford's Ministry Training Institute.  The new name better describes the goals and objectives of our program.  We now have over 30 locations and in excess of 800 students involved in the Ministry Training Institute.  As director it is my goal to continue the high level of excellence that has been passed down to me.  In 2 Timothy 2:15 Paul wrote to a young church leader named Timothy, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." Every course, director and instructor serves to help students to achieve the lofty goal that Paul gave to Timothy. The end result of our work is to prepare men and women to accurately handle the word of truth.  I am excited to announce the creation of new certificates, new courses and even new institute sites.  I am glad that you have chosen to be a part of this wonderful program of academic excellence.  May God bless our work together as the Kingdom of God is advanced and Christians are discipled.

    Dr. Kevin D. Blackwell, Director