W. Kirk Brothers

Professor of Leadership and Ministry


Dr. W. Kirk Brothers, President of HCU, spent 23 years in local ministry before transitioning to a more formal teaching role in 2010. He was a professor at Freed-Hardeman University for 8 years before becoming the President of HCU in 2018. He has taught courses in Homiletics, Biblical Leadership, Biblical Preaching, Ministry of Preaching, Paul’s Prison Epistles, Gospel of Luke, Acts of the Apostles, Synoptic Gospels and Adolescent Spiritual Development. He also teaches several courses at the Bible School of the Americas in Panama and implements Future Minister Training camps for young men throughout Latin America and South America. He has been married to Cindy for 35 years. They have two daughters, Katie (31) and Hannah (26).


Ph.D., Leadership, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 2010

M.Div., Theology, David Lipscomb University, May 2004

M.A., New Testament, Freed-Hardeman University, May 1999

B.A., Bible, Mass Communication, David Lipscomb College, May 1987

Missions and Ministry

Mission teaching in Israel, Ukraine, India, England, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and extensively in Panama.

Educational missionary to Latin America under elders of Forrest Park Church of Christ in Valdosta, GA (2011-present). Efforts include training preachers and coordinating Future Ministers Camps in Latin America.

Preaching Minister, Graymere Church of Christ (Columbia, TN) Jan 2004-May 2011Preaching Minister, Central

Church of Christ (McMinnville, TN) Jan 2000-Dec 2003

Preaching Minister, Christian Chapel Church of Christ (Hatley, MS) Dec 1993-Jan 2000

Youth Minister, Elizabethtown Church of Christ (Elizabethtown, KY) May 1986-Dec 1993

Preaching Minister, Fort Rock Springs Church of Christ (Smyrna, TN) 1984-1986

Recent Publications/Presentations

Brothers, Kirk. “Lead Like the Lord” Lessons in Leadership from Jesus

Brothers, Kirk.  “When Grace Appeared” in Visions of Grace.” Berean Study Series. Florence, AL: Heritage Christian University Press, 2019 (in press).

_______. “No Other Gods” in Instructions for Living: The Ten Commandments. Berean Study Series. Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2018, 53-59.

_______. “A Theology of Calling to Ministry,” in Hebrew and Beyond, Amridge Press, 2017.

_______. “The Preacher and Sin” in Fit for the Pulpit, Edited by Chris McCurley, Start2Finish Books, 2014.

_______. Homerun: How to Prepare Sermons that Connect, Rev. ed. published in print and Kindle format by Start2Finish Publishingsummer 2015 (2013 ed).

_______. “PowerPoint Preaching” and “Sermon Preparation” in So You Want to Be a Preacher, Edited by David Powell, 2013.

_______. on “Training Future Preachers and World Evangelists” in Missions: Rekindling the Fire, Rev. ed., Published by Amridge University, 2012.

March, July, and November devotionals for More Strength for the Journey: A Daily Devotional Guide, Tall Oaks Publishing, 2011.

_______. A Glimpse of God’s Heart: Learning Forgiveness from the Father, Gospel Advocate, 2006.



Brothers, Kirk. “The Distinctive Work of the Church” Gospel Advocate (April 2017)

____________. “The Relationship Between Faith and Reason” Kingdom Journal, Freed-Hardeman University (Fall 2015)

____________. “What Jesus Said about Scripture” Gospel Advocate (December 2014)

____________. “The Preacher and Youth” Gospel Advocate (February 2014)

____________. “Contrasting the Kingdom of Israel and the Church” Kingdom Journal, Freed-Hardeman University (Fall 2011)

Professional Presentations:

“Restoring Evangelism,” presented in the “2018 Faulkner Lecture Series on March 4, 2018 for Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.

“Paul’s Tips for Teachers: Exegesis and Application of 1 Timothy 4:6-16” at the Society of Professors of Christian Education Conference in October 2017 in Dallas, TX.

“Ministry Training in Latin America” at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference (2015)

Presented “Ministry Training in Latin America” at the Association of Youth Ministry Education Convention (2014)

Presented Dissertation at Furman Curley Scholarly Lectures at Faulkner University (2014)

Presented Dissertation at theStone-Campbell Journal Conference (2014)

Presented Dissertation at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators Convention (AYME) (October 2012)