Herbert Fain


Professor of Legal and Social Ethics & Church and Community Liaison

J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law
M.Div. and D.Min. from Houston Graduate School of Theology

About Dr. Fain


Dr. Herbert Fain became a resident faculty member of HGST in 2002. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and came to Houston, Texas, in 1971 to study on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cheney University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and a Masters in Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Houston Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Fain is an ordained Baptist Minister. He has lectured in Canada and in the United States. He has served as Chaplain at the Heights Hospital, Park Plaza Hospital, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Fain is president of the Saint Nicholas Foundation. He has been cited by the Governor of Texas and the Texas Human Services Department for his caring, commitment, and service. Currently, he serves on the Board of Governors for the Downtown Club. Dr. Fain’s affiliations are with the American Academy of Religion, The National Association of the Baptist Professors of Religion, The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Association of Theological Field Education where he serves on the research committee. Dr. Fain is married to Constance Fain.

Dr. Herbert Fain was invited to be a speaker by the Christian Legal Society of Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law on October 11, 2011. The conference was entitled “Balancing Competing First Amendment Interests: The Ethical Challenges Between Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion.” Dr. Fain’s presentation was entitled “Religion and Prayer in Jesus’ Name.”

Classes Taught


PH 551: Introduction to Christian Ethics
PH 751: Clergy Professional Conduct and Ethics
PH 652: Contemporary Issues in Ethics
PH 750: Ethics and Social Witness: Martin Luther King
FE 651-652: Ministry Practicum I & II

Publications & Presentations


A Little Book on Job Success, American Public Works Association, Kansas City, MO. (2004).

A Theologian’s Perspective on Globalization, Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches, Vol. XVI, No. 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter, 2006).

With Constance Fain, “Sexual Abuse and the Church,” Thurgood Marshall Law Review, Vol. 31, pp. 209-238 (2006).

“A Eulogy for Johnnie Cochran,” Thurgood Marshall Law Review, Vol. 33, No. 1 (2007).

“Accountability & Ethics in the Public Service,” Speaker, Annual Texas Conference and William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, October 15, 2004.

“A Theologian’s Perspective on Globalization,” Speaker, Socio-Economic Committee, The Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 3, 2007.

“Clergy Sexual Misconduct,” Speaker, American Academy of Religion, Southwest Commission of Religious Studies Regional Meeting, Irving, Texas, March 3, 2007.

“Eulogy for Johnnie Cochran,” Speaker, Symposium, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, November 2, 2007.

Contact Information


Email: hfain@hgst.edu
Phone: 713-942-9505 ext. 213

Website:  Course Page