Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky! We are committed to providing a 21st century educational experience. 


We offer both traditional courses like Introduction to the Old and New Testaments, Christian Theology, Church History, and Preaching and contemporary courses like Church Technology, Ministry in the Black Church, Urban Church Growth, and The Church and Social Action. These courses will equip students to be intelligent, innovative, and bold leaders that will impact our world and revitalize our communities.

In addition to these courses that are available on campus, we are planning to offer online and regional on site instruction in the near future. More importantly, students get to learn from a successful, diverse, and experienced team of scholars and ministers that teach you both theory and praxis and mentor you as you learn to implement what you learn in real world settings.

The religion program here at Simmons will continually strive to be the program of choice in the state and region. I want to encourage you to schedule a visit to campus – meet the department chair, members of the faculty and even sit in on a class.



Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies. I am excited that you are interested in learning about the exciting educational and ministry programs we offer. The School is committed to teaching the religious ideas and traditions that shaped history and influence the world today. We do this because we believe that understanding religion is an important part of a Liberal Arts education and that Simmons College students are best prepared to serve and change the world when they know the impact religion, particularly the Christian religion, has had and continues to have on the world.

– Rev. Dr. Lewis Brogdon –


The Mission of the Department of Religious Studies:

  • To teach students introductory and advanced courses in religion;
  • To educate current and future church and community leaders who desire specialized theological training through its certificate and degree programs;
  • To provide local, regional, and national African American churches and pastors with educational training, leadership development, ministerial resources, and critical conversations about the past, present, and future of ministry in the black church;
  • To serve in an advisory role to pastors and churches on major religious, theological, and social issues confronting congregations and to facilitate the development of effective models of preaching, teaching, leadership, and ministry;