Deborah Oakley of Trenton, Ohio, received the Certification in Ministerial Studies. Oakley began her work with the Center in 2007 with the desire to become equipped in developing a mentor/discipleship ministry for her local congregation. She commented that she has a deep desire to serve alongside her husband in ministry. She found the center’s programming helpful in learning more about the Bible and ministry practices overall.
Confer receives Certification in Aging Ministries
Reverend Bob Confer, First Church of God, St. Joseph, Mich., received the Certification in Aging Certification from the Center for Christian Leadership. Confer is only the third to receive this certification for study and implementation of programming in the local congregation focused on senior adults. Confer (MRE ’75 and MDiv ’76) enrolled in the center during 1994. Confer has been instrumental in senior adult ministry development and awareness in the Church of God for many years. He has written for the Church of God and served on a national task force for senior adult ministries. Confer currently serves with the state of Michigan in its senior ministry programming. Nancy and John Ferguson of Independence, Mo., were the first to receive the Certification in Aging Ministry from the center. For more information on this program click here.
Participants at La Buena Tierra complete certifications
Twenty one participants through the La Buena Tierra Bible Institute in Saltillo, Mexico, have completed their Certification in Ministerial Studies. This educational partnership began in 2004 with the plan to help equip Mexican pastors and laity for ministry. After many years of intense study and commitment of time, these participants celebrated in a graduation ceremony on July 18, 2009, on the campus of La Buena Tierra with a full church of family and friends.
David Neidert, director of the Center for Christian Leadership, and Reverend Agustin Sanchez, national leader of Mexico and pastor of the Mireles Church of God, presented these certifications. The translation of materials into Spanish and the overall program was supported in part by the Paul and Jewell Thornhill Endowment for Christian Leadership.
Participants who received certifications were: Roxana Saucedo Valero, Rosa María López de González, Olga Pesina Gutiérrez, Gloria Ledezma Márquez, Elena García Hernández, Esperanza Pardo Flores, Magdelana Mata Barajas, Osvaldo de la Cruz Solís, Joaquín Solís Torres, José de la Paz González Plata, Juan Antonio González García, Zerferino Jáuregui López, Enrique Téllez Cantú, Enrique Miramontes García, Antonio Cantú Mata, Miguel Cuevas Ávila, Alfredo Hernández Ramos, Olaguer Leza Torres, José Días López, Guadalupe Molina Méndez, and Agustín Sánchez Zamarripa.
The Anderson University School of Theology is the seminary of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Established in 1950, the seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The seminary offers a number of degree programs, including the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), the Master of Arts in Intercultural Service (M.A.I.S.), and the Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.).