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

Fall 2017:

“Theological Understandings of Jesus”
Instructor: Nathanael Inglis, Ph.D.
Location:  Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
Dates:  September 29-30, October 20-21, November 3-4, 2017
Times: Fridays: 2:00-10:00 PM; Saturdays: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; one-hour breaks for meals. 
Credit: 3 hours of seminary credit

This course will study the paradigms of Christology in biblical and theological literature, film, and visual images. It will survey various historical and contemporary portrayals of Jesus as the Christ, giving attention to the way these Christologies are Biblically-grounded and theologically conversant with the culture. Attention will also be given to classical Christological debates within each of the portrayals. 

Spring 2018:

“Youth and Mission”
Instructor: Russell Haitch, Ph.D.
Location:  Elizabethtown College
Dates:  February 23-24, March 23-24, April 20-21, 2018
Times: Fridays: 2:00-10:00 PM; Saturdays: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; one-hour breaks for meals.
Credit: 3 hours of seminary credit

This course examines global trends in Christianity and what they mean for rising generations, when youth are seen either as missionaries or mission field or when the church as a whole is said to be "missional." Students discuss theological and cultural trends that raise issues of ministry with youth people and issues of doctrine for the church. Themes for research, discussion, an writing include 1) pneumatology and the rise of Pentecostalism, 2) ecclesiology and the growth of independent churches, 3) soteriology and the relationship between personal and communal aspects of salvation, and 4) revelation and the relationship between scripture and human experience. Discussion of these themes takes place in regard to the world young people inhabit, a world in which cultures are being reshaped by global patterns of consumption and communication and a world that confronts young people with an array of areas (e.g., biomedical, psychosexual, socioeconomic) in which they may be searching for reliable guides or guideposts. 

Projected Graduate Course Offerings


Gospel of Peace: Fall 2018                                                                                         History of Church of the Brethren: Spring 2019
Instructor: Dan Ulrich                                                                                                   Instructor: Jeff Bach
Location: Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA                                                                 Location: Elizabethtown College 


Just Peace: Fall 2019                                                                                                   Missional Church/Evangelism: Spring 2020
Instructor: Scott Holland                                                                                               Instructor: Tara Hornbacker
Location: Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA                                                                  Location: Elizabethtown College

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 $1,440 (3 credits); $480 to audit (or $350 for alums and "those taking required courses in Brethren Studies"), plus $10 CEU documentation fee.