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.

New students: If you wish to enroll, please apply online or contact Joel Kime at

Returning students: If you have already taken a course with us, please click here to register for classes through your Populi account.

For more information, please contact Joel Kime at

The cost per course, either on campus or online, is $230 for the 2020-21 school year.

Classes for Spring 2021

Old Testament Survey
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

February 2 – March 16, Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Tim Valentino, MDiv, DMin 

In this course the student surveys Old Testament literature, history, geography, culture, theology, and structure to understand and communicate what the Old Testament reveals about God. Additional issues addressed include: Who are the important people and nations? What are the significant events, and where do they happen? How is the Old Testament put together? How does the Old Testament apply to us today? What resources are available to understand, teach, and preach the Old Testament?

New Testament Survey
*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

March 30 – May 11 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m
Instructor: Lucas Ndaro, MDiv, MAR, ThM

This course will guide the student to explore the unifying message of the New Testament books, the central message of each book, and the underlying concerns of each New Testament author. Attention will also be given to the background, setting, and major themes of the New Testament as a whole. The course will serve as a general introduction to this part of Scripture, and provide a list of suggested resources for further study.


Lucas Ndaro currently works as a Behavior Heath Technician for the Chester County Regional Education Services (CCRES). Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Adult Ministries at Cornwall United Methodist Church. Before immigrating to America, he served at Nassa Theological College and at the Family Life Counseling Centers in Tanzania. He received his MDiv and MAR from Evangelical Seminary, and his ThM from Westminster Seminary. Lucas and his wife, Limi, live in Cornwall, PA, and they have four children.

Tim Valentino has been a professor at Evangelical Seminary since 2007, teaching a variety of Bible, theology, pastoral ministry, and student writing courses. He presently serves as the Assistant Th.D. Program Director. Tim received his MDiv from Evangelical Seminary and his DMin from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is now finishing his ThD degree at Evangelical Seminary. Tim has served in pastoral ministry since 1992, and currently serves as a Pastor of two EC Churches in Lebanon County, PA. Tim and his wife Sonya reside in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. They have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Bethany, and a son-in-law, Micah. He blogs at


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