With five denominational studies programs, nine recognized partnerships, and more than 28 denominations represented in its faculty and student body, Brite embraces inclusion and offers dedicated support for formation in the various traditions that are home to many of our students and integral to the whole church.
Brite uniquely values the richness of informed practices and the cultivation of practices that inform scholarship. As hallmarks of these commitments, Supervised Ministry and Field Education provide for experiential learning and reflective practice in a wide variety of congregational and agency settings.
Dr. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry, also serves as Director of Baptist Programming for Brite Divinity School. In this role, Dr. Sprinkle works with all baptist students, including those in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Alliance of Baptists. Beyond the classroom, Dr. Sprinkle is a liaison to numerous churches, connecting the church to the academy in ways that bring life and formation for Brite students and local congregations. For more information about Baptist Studies at Brite, click here or contact Dr. Sprinkle.
Dr. Lance Pape serves as both the Granville and Erline Walker Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of Disciples Formation. In this position, Dr. Pape walks alongside women and men who are navigating the Regional Committee on the Ministry (RCOM) process as they seek ordination. Furthermore, he also plans community events for Disciples students throughout the long semesters. For more information about Disciples Studies at Brite, click here or please contact Dr. Pape.
The Episcopal Studies Program at Brite Divinity School provides a continuing Anglican/Episcopal presence within a broadly ecumenical theological school. The program offers a community of learning, worship, and fellowship within the Brite Community. Faculty teach courses in Anglican History, Anglican Thought, Episcopal Polity, and The Book of Common Prayer on regular rotation. Our graduates will be trained to serve effectively in ordained and lay leadership positions in the Episcopal Church. For more information about Episcopal Studies at Brite, please click here.
Rev. Dr. Jim Sanders is a retired Elder in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has been the Director of United Methodist Studies at Brite since 2005. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Sanders served appointments in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and throughout the North Texas area. Currently, he serves Holder’s Chapel in Cool, Texas. The Rev. Dr. Sanders is an experienced horseman, teacher, mentor, and pastoral leader. He assists students in preparing for their Boards of Ministry conversations, as well as working with various components of the course work related to Methodist History and Doctrine. For more information about Methodist Studies at Brite, please click here or contact Dr. Sanders.
Dr. Warner Bailey serves as Director of Presbyterian Studies and Adjunct Faculty. A Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament since 1964, Dr. Bailey combined the roles of pastor and scholar in his leadership of outstanding congregations in Indiana and Texas through significant transformation. At regional and denominational levels, he has served his church in areas of peacemaking, fund-raising, education, mission, and judicial affairs. He has been a commissioner to two national General Assemblies where he chaired committees on the Brief Statement of Faith (1989) and Bills and Overtures (2003). Within the Fort Worth community Dr. Bailey has been president of the board of the Parenting Center and founding president of an AIDS funding agency. He served on the board of the Presbyterian Night Shelter, United Way, and Planned Parenthood of North Texas, and is a member of Leadership Fort Worth. In addition to his work at Brite, Dr. Bailey is a Parish Associate at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church where he serves as Theologian-in-Residence. For more information about Presbyterian Studies at Brite, please click here or contact Dr. Bailey.