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History and Mission

The mission of the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies is to provide affordable, accessible, and accredited theological education and training for those serving in the urban context in order to transform Memphis and the Mid-South for the kingdom of Christ.

The Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies (MCUTS) is a nondenominational educational institution formed in 2000 through the collaborative effort of the Memphis Leadership Foundation, Neighborhood Christian Centers, Hope Christian Community Foundation, Second Presbyterian Church, and Hope Presbyterian Church.

MCUTS is modeled after the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We were founded under the leadership of Dr. Larry Lloyd, who currently serves as president of Memphis Leadership Foundation. Following Dr. Lloyd, Dr. Frank Anderson, Rev. Timothy Russell served terms as president from 2003 – 2005 and 2005 – 2009, respectively. Dr. Anderson now serves as associate professor of ministry and missions at Union University. Rev. Russell now serves as Head of School at Lexington Christian Academy. From 2009 – 2016, Dr. Rob Thompson served as President. Today MCUTS is led by Dr. Joseph Caldwell.

As Dr. Lloyd stated,

“MCUTS was created to offer an opportunity for urban pastors and ministers in our city who have not had the opportunity to access biblical studies at the undergraduate level. Our vision is to make such education affordable, accessible and relevant to the urban context. We remain excited about MCUTS and its vision and really believe this is a strategic program for Memphis.”

Whether you are called to church ministry, nonprofit service, or the marketplace, MCUTS offers the foundation and practical training necessary to influence the city for the sake of God’s Kingdom.