I came to Howard Payne University as a freshman ministerial student in the fall of 1972. I received a great education and grew spiritually and socially during my student years. I was well-prepared to pursue graduate education and to minister with churches. In 1993, I returned to my alma mater to serve as a faculty member and Dean of the School of Christian Studies. I have enjoyed being part of the faculty as much as I enjoyed being a student here.
As a student, I formed good relationships with the dedicated faculty members in the School of Christian Studies. To this day, some of these men remain my mentors, teachers and encouragers. Today, I am blessed to serve with women and men in the Christian Studies faculty who are scholars in their various fields, and devoted followers and servants of our Lord. Currently, we have a combination of senior faculty members who have taught for more than twenty years, and some younger faculty members who are early in their teaching careers. The strong collegial relationships we experience with each other are a blessing to us, and they also enrich our students’ experiences. Our faculty members are good scholars, good teachers and good church men and women.
Three key words that describe our curriculum are “biblical,” “theological” and “practical.” Our biblical studies include majors or minors in Bible and Biblical Languages. Our practical or ministry studies include majors or minors in Christian Education, Youth Ministry and Cross-Cultural Studies. Our theological studies include a major or minor in Practical Theology.
Students from the various majors across campus find that a minor in Bible, Cross-Cultural Studies or Practical Theology is good preparation to be lay church leaders in the future [Sunday school teachers, discipleship leaders, missions committee members, etc.].
Many of our students, as well as faculty and staff, serve as part-time or volunteer ministry leaders in area churches.
Howard Payne University was formed by an association of Texas Baptist churches in 1889. Throughout our 124-year history, our connection with Texas Baptist churches, associations of churches and the Baptist General Convention of Texas has been a blessing to us at the university. We pray that our university has been, and is, a blessing to our Baptist family.
It is my desire and goal to lead the School of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University to serve our students as effectively today as this school served me in my student days. May the Lord help us to do so.
Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, Dean
School of Christian Studies
Howard Payne University