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.

Classes for Spring 2018
Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey

Enrollment instructions for new students coming soon!

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

For more information, please contact Ken Nafziger at
For the printable PDF version of our spring brochure, click here

Old Testament Survey

*A core course for the Institute for Church Leadership

Tuesday evenings, January 30 – March 13, 2018, 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

Tuesday evenings, March 27 – May 8, 2018, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Lucas Ndaro, MDiv, ThM, MAR

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.



Tim Valentino is an Instructor of Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at Evangelical Seminary, where he also serves as the Director of Community Relations. He has served as the Pastor of Connectional Ministry at Faith Evangelical Congregational Church in Temple, PA. 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, swimmer, softball player, and an incurable Philadelphia Phillies fan.  

Lucas Ndaro currently serves as the Director of Adult Discipleship at Cornwall United Methodist Church. Prior to this assignment he served at Nassa Theological College and the Family Life Counseling Center in Mwanza, 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. 



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