In cooperation with Evangelical Seminary’s School of Lifelong Learning, Institute for Church Leadership offers a series of courses in Bible, theology, spiritual disciplines, evangelism, church history, missions, counseling and more. Anyone can benefit from these opportunities for spiritual enrichment and leadership development. Evangelical is pleased to offer these classes as a resource for building the Kingdom of God.

These non-credit courses are open to all, without any educational prerequisites. They are not seminary level courses and do not earn credit from Evangelical Seminary. The courses comprise the required training for those seeking the Local Elder’s License or Lay Preacher’s Certification in the Evangelical Congregational Church, and may be applicable to pastoral credentials for other denominations as well.

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Classes for Fall 2017
The OT Law & the Christian and History of Evangelicalism & Fundamentalism


The Old Testament Law & the Christian

Monday evenings, October 30 – December 11, 2017, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Tim Valentino, MDiv, DMin

This course will introduce the collection of laws found in the Pentateuch, with a focus on their significance in an ancient Near Eastern context and their applicability for Christians today. We will consider factors of continuity and discontinuity between the testaments and suggest a theologically sound methodology for interpreting and proclaiming the Old Testament laws in a New Testament context. Special attention will be given to the rich theological insights that can be derived from the law collections in the book of Exodus (i.e., the Decalogue, the Book of the Covenant, and the tabernacle-priesthood regulations).

Online course registration deadline for The OT Law & the Christian is October 24th. On Campus registration deadline is October 26th.


History of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism

*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

Tuesday evenings, October 31 – December 12, 2017, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Draper, PhD

This course will explore the origins and development as well as the theology of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism. The course will evaluate the roots of these movements in the Protestant Reformation, Pietistic movement, and Puritanism, as well as the development of revivalism in the 18th and 19th centuries. This course will then examine the emergence and history of the Fundamentalist movement through the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. In addition, attention will be given to the advent of the Neo-Evangelical movement and the state of evangelicalism in the 21st century. The class will also evaluate the role and influence of Pentecostalism, African Americans, Latinos, and women.

Online course registration deadline for History of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism is October 24th. On Campus registration deadline is October 26th.



Tim Valentino is an affiliate Professor of Bible and Ministry at Evangelical Seminary, where he also serves as the Director of Community Relations. He has also served as a pastor for 24 years in Eastern Pennsylvania. He received his M.Div. from Evangelical Seminary and his D.Min. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Tim is married to Sonya, and they have two children. He is also a conference speaker, a swimmer, a softball player, and an incurable Philadelphia Phillies fan. 

Mark Draper, who is originally from Philadelphia, comes to Evangelical via the Chicagoland area, where he completed his doctorate in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he was also a Jonathan Edwards Fellow. He has served as the Assistant Director of the Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action and adjunct professor in history and religion at Elmhurst College.  While at Elmhurst College, Mark worked closely with campus ministries such as Cru, Intervarsity, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In this role, he developed a passion to train men and women at the seminary level to minster to college students and young adults to help them develop a Christian worldview.  Prior to moving to Chicago, Mark served as a library supervisor at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Mark’s research interests include the history of evangelicalism, 18th and 19th century evangelical social reformers and theologians such as Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley and Gilbert Haven. His comfort with using technology as a research tool enables him to integrate the best in research, online education, and library resource management throughout the educational experience at Evangelical.


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