About the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC)
Our Mission Statement
“To equip leaders for ministry in a regionally based, Christ centered, culturally relevant context in ways that bear witness to the beliefs, heritage, and practices of the Church of the Brethren."
Developed in 1993, the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) is a ministry partner with the Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Middle PA, Southern PA, and Western PA districts along with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership and Bethany Theological Seminary. SVMC provides training in regionally based settings for persons exploring the call to ministry and/or lay leadership. Working from a solid commitment to core Anabaptist and Pietist understandings within the Church of the Brethren heritage, we provide training in biblical studies, ministry skills, peace and justice perspectives, theology, church vitality, and other subjects that help students prepare for ministry.
SVMC partners with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership to offer Church of the Brethren required courses such as Church of the Brethren Polity & Practice, and Church of the Brethren History on the TRIM level.
SVMC also organizes classes in its five partner districts for the ACTS certificate program. Curriculum and courses are certified by Brethren Academy. ACTS is open to students without college degrees. Courses are offered in person with a hybrid option.
Enrollment for ACTS and TRIM courses is processed at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center office in coordination with the Brethren Academy for Ministry Leadership.