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Ministry Center

Housed at Elizabethtown College since its inception in 1993, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center delivers training and continuing education for Church of the Brethren ministry and lay leadership. We offer classes in the ACTS and TRIM certificate programs, host graduate courses for Bethany Theological seminary, and organize continuing education events. SVMC works in close partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Middle, Southern, and Western Pennsylvania.

Coming up:

Spring TRIM course:"A Hand full of Butterflies" by Michael Faes
Administration as Pastoral Care

Taught by Julie M. Hostetter,
Executive Director of Brethren Academy

Elizabethtown College & Elizabethtown Church of the

Dates:       April 17-19, 2015Julie Hostetter

Times:       4/17: 1:00 – 10:00 PM
                  4/18:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
                  4/19:  9:00 AM - noon

Credit:      1 credit in TRIM or EFSM programs or 2.0 CEUs

Registration details:

  • Registration deadline is March 20, 2015.

      Click here for a registration form.

  • Cost is $275.

Continuing education event:



"Lives of Devotion"Wednesday, April 29, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Elizabethtown College

With Bob Neff and Christina Bucher

This course will examine devotional texts in the Old Testament that go beyond the psalter: Lamentations; the encounter between Job and God in Job 38 -42; prayers in Chronicles (including the prayer of Jabez, 1 Chron 4:9-10); and The Song of Songs. Corinne Ware’s book, Discover your Spiritual Type, A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth, will be used to guide reflection as we examine the diversity of spirituality in later Israel and look at its application to our own lives. 

Elihu Vedder, Study for "Prayer for Death in the Desert," 1867
  • Bob Neff is an Old Testament scholar and President Emeritus of Juniata College.
  • Chris Bucher is Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College.

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.6 CEU)


Registration and payment due by April 13, 2015.


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