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Graduate Level Courses

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center brings Bethany Theological Seminary classes to south and central Pennsylvania. Students enroll through Bethany's admissions office (1-800-287-8822 or

Registration for Fall Classes Due July 15, 2015!

New Testament Foundations of Ministry

Taught by Dan Ulrich

Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies,
Bethany Theological Seminary

At Juniata College

Dates:      Sept. 11-12, Oct. 2-3, Nov. 6-7, 2015

Times:     Fridays -  2:00 – 10:00 pm
                Saturdays - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Image: "The Tree of Life" by Paul Grout, 2010. Used with permission.

This seminar invites students to examine and develop their theology of ministry in light of some of the ways ministry is understood in the New Testament. While exploring a range of New Testament texts, students will practice interpretive methods that are both enlightening and feasible in the context of a busy ministry setting.

Brethren Beliefs & Practices

BaptismInStonyCreekVA_1905.jpgTaught by Denise Kettering-Lane

Assistant Professor of Brethren Studies
Bethany Theological Seminary

At  Elizabethtown College

Dates:      Sept. 11-12, Oct. 2-3, Nov. 6-7, 2015

Times:     Fridays -  2:00 – 10:00 pm                                 Saturdays - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

A 1905 baptism of members of the Flat Rock Church of the Brethren in Stony Creek (Basye, VA). Courtesy of the Brethren Historical Archives and Library.

This course explores the range of beliefs and practices vital to the Church of the Brethren and related denominations across three centuries, and seeks to understand how beliefs and practices inform one another. It aims to prepare students to explain the distinctive Brethren witness to today’s congregations; to be able to address the present postmodern context grounded in knowledge of the tradition. Please be aware that this is a Theology course and does not fulfill ordination requirements for a course dedicated to Church of the Brethren History or Polity.

All Classes:

  • 3.0 graduate credits or audit for 3.0 CEUs.
  • Non-Bethany students, including auditors, need to first apply for Occasional Student status. A $50 application fee applies. Contact Amy Gall Ritchie at
  • Cost is $1,410 (3 credits); $470 to audit ($350 for alumni/ae) plus $10 CEU documentation fee. 
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