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The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center is the host for several graduate degree courses offered through Bethany Theological Seminary. SVMC also offers certificate courses and continuing education programs for persons interested in ministry leadership.

Brethren Academy Program

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center is an Academy Certified Training System of the Church of the Brethren. Certification is granted under the auspices of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a ministry training partnership of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Church of the Brethren General Board.

  • A certificate-level education in ministerial leadership.
  • Open to licensed ministers seeking to complete requirements for ordination, as well as lay persons seeking leadership training and ordained ministers pursuing continuing education.
  • Programs include: Training In Ministry (TRIM) course work and the ACTS (Academy Certified Training System) offered by the partnering districts of the Atlantic Northeast, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic.

Certificate courses are offered in the five partnering districts. Students may cross register for the courses.Tuition for certificate courses is $210.00 for students enrolled in the ACTS program. Audit fees are $105.00 per course. An additional fee of $10.00 is charged for CEU awards.

Online Academy Courses

SVMC offers some on-line courses as a method of education to complete the requirements. Students from any of the five districts can register for these courses. Work is totally done online. Through the online work, the students will read material, answer questions, dialog with one another through message boards, and complete projects. The online work continues for approximately six weeks followed by a project to be completed.

TAL (TRIM Academy Level) Courses

SVMC will provide TRIM Academy Level (TAL) courses as a method of education to complete Brethren Academy TRIM requirements. Tuition for TAL courses is $275.00 for students enrolled in the TRIM and ACTS programs.  For CEU an additional fee of $10.00 will be charged. The courses are open to TRIM, EFSM, and ACTS students, ordained pastors, and lay persons.

Seminary Program

Graduate level courses leading to a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts, or Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies are offered through Bethany Theological Seminary. Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center acts as host for several of these courses. A prerequisite is an earned B.A. or B.S. degree from a recognized college or university. Such courses are open to TRIM students who are working on completion of their program.

Continuing Education Program

Our continuing education program offers training for pastors and lay leaders through seminars, workshops, and multiple-day events.


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