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The Northwestern Pennsylvania Institute for Ministry Education is a collaborative ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA.. It was established in 2008 to encourage and enable partnerships to provide the resources necessary to prepare persons for particular ministries.

Preparation is provided for:

  • Persons seeking commissioning, consecration, or ordination;
  • Persons seeking licensed or authorized ministries;
  • Persons to be equipped for various ministries in congregations and communities;
  • Persons interested in deeper theological studies; and
  • Ordained and rostered leaders who desire significant Continuing Education opportunities.
  • For more information on the Institute, please contact Canon Vanessa Butler by phone (814.456.4203) or by e-mail.

    2015 Course Offerings

    Costs and course requirements for satisfactory completion are determined by the level of participation. Any person interested in deeper theological and biblical studies may take the course for $50.00. For those taking the class for full credit as required for ordination, the cost is $600.00. All students are responsible for purchasing the texts and other materials required.

    2015-2018 Course Schedule for Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary



    Instructor: The Very Rev. Dr. John Downey

    Sept. 12, Oct 3 & 31, Nov. 28

    9:00 AM-3:30 PM

    Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie

    To register, please contact Vanessa Butler by August 31.

    Old Testament


    Instructors: Dr. Marty Stevens, The Rev. Dr. Sandra Jones, The Rev. Dr. Ralph Jones

    Sept. 18-20 (12 contact hours beginning at 7:00 PM on the 18th concluding at 12:00 on the 20th), October 10 & November 21 (9:00 AM-4:00 PM)

    Location TBD

    To register, please contact Vanessa Butler by August 31.

    The cost for this course will be $300, thanks to scholarships from the Lutheran Synod.

    Continuing Education Gatherings for

    Licensed Worship Leaders and Preachers

    To register, email Pastor Jones at sjones@nwpaelca.org OR contact the Institute for Ministry Education at instituteforministry@gmail.com. Upon registration or when available, information about resources and advanced reading assignments will be shared with each participant.

    Finding the Good News in the Old Testament

    Date: Saturday, September 12

    Time: Gathering 9:30 a.m., Class 10:00 a.m. – 2/3:00 p.m.

    Location: NWPA Synod Office, Pleasantville

    Instructor: Rev. Brian Reid

    Registration deadline: Friday, September 4

    Biblical Stewardship: living, teaching, and preaching

    Date: Saturday, November 14

    Time: Gathering 9:30 a.m., Class 10:00 a.m. – 2/3:00 p.m.

    Location: NWPA Synod Office, Pleasantville

    Instructor: Pastor Jake Jacobson

    Registration deadline: Monday, November 9

    Typical Agenda

    9:30 AM - Gathering for coffee and conversation

    10:00 AM - Sessions begins

    12:00 PM - Lunch - Bring your own lunch or visit a local food vendor.

    Afternoon - Sessions continue…closing 2:00-3:00 PM, depending on the needs and wishes of the group

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