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The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary is excited to announce that registration for classes in our online Pathways to Learning and Leadership program is now available.
Who are these classes for? Everyone!

  • Church members who want to learn in more depth about the Bible and increase their ability to teach and even preach
  • Those who are called to ministry as a Commissioned Ruling Elder and need the educational component
  • Church professionals who want to brush up or enhance the education you have already received, and learn some new things
  • Others who want to enjoy stimulating, excellent instruction from seminary professors and church professionals and interact with others who want the same thing

And the best part is, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home! Classes are taught online, either on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Eastern Time for five weeks per class. In addition, there are reading and homework assignments to be done on your own schedule for each of the classes. The cost of the classes is only $100 per five-week session. Take as many of the classes as you like – there are no prerequisites, and you only have to purchase one book per class. While these classes don’t earn college or seminary credit, you do receive a certificate for participating, and of course all of that learning! Go to our website, and check out the classes and the schedule. A link to register for classes is also on that site. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me an email or give me a call. Hope to see you online!
Marilyn Johns, D.Min., Director of Program Development,
800-229-2990 X 383,
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Here's an overview of Upcoming Continuing Education Events offered through the Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary. We hope you can join us for one or more of these exciting opportunities, whether on campus or online.

2019 Dawe Lecture Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Union Presbyterian Seminary Watts Chapel, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond Campus. “Spirit at the Edges: Sanskritization of the Telugu Pentecostals,” Presented by Dr. James Taneti, Director of the Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center for Christian Education and Assistant Professor of World Christianity at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Free and open to the public, the Dawe Lecture series seeks to contribute to deepened awareness and insight into interfaith dialogue as well as promote ethical and religious understanding.

Church Business Administration Seminars Thursdays, March 28 - May 23, 2019, Charlotte Campus, 5141 Sharon Road. Registration available for one or multiple seminars. For the full seminar schedule, follow this link.

LISTEN to Union's Podcast with Reverend Burns Stanfield, who led Union's Howie Center Event held in October, 2018. Burns is a gifted storyteller and recounts how music and the arts helped revitalize the congregation he has served as pastor for the last 27 years. The Rev. Stanfield is also a talented jazz musician and instructor at Harvard Divinity School.

Our Pathways online series is led by faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary. The Gopsel of Mark - Pathways online course, led by Dr. Brian Blount, President & Professor of New Testament, Tuesdays, March 26 - April 30, 2019.
Teaching the Bible - Pathways online course, led by Dr. Cindy Kissel-Ito, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Thursdays, March 28 - May 2, 2019.

The Leadership Institute is committed to equipping and inspiring church and ministry leaders. Our desire is to foster the continuing, ongoing process of leadership development for pastors, educators, and lay leaders alike. We invite you to explore how we may partner together to strengthen our witness and service to the church in the world. For more info about these and other programs of the Leadership Institute, please visit our website at If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Leadership Institute via email by clicking here or phone 804-278-4383 or 800-229-2990 X 383.