The Bishop Dean T. Stevenson Diocesan School for Ministry

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We are a learning community forming lay and ordained leadership for the church of today and the future.

Vision and Mission: To make theological formation accessible to all in order to strengthen the Christian community and develop new leadership skills for mission and ministry in the 21st century culture of Central Pennsylvania.

SSFM (Stevenson School for Ministry) is becoming an academic formation process that has at its center the goal to strengthen the lifelong search for a deeper understanding of vocation in relationship to The Triune God.

Please join us today in prayer for our learning community:

O Eternal God, bless the Stevenson School for Ministry, that it may be a lively center for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach, and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, AMEN.

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Leading Through Change Seminar, Nov. 19, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., St. Andrew's in the Valley, Harrisburg

Registration Open for the Stevenson School for Ministry

Register now for any one of our courses, or create a small group learning experience for any of our courses, or consider something for Advent.   

This fall, wondering what to do about Biblical studies?  Exploring church history? Or even wanting a deeper understanding of mission?

We suggest: Form a small learning group, designate a facilitator and choose one of the Stevenson School for Ministry excellent courses to take and learn, check out your options; SSFM is ready to support and serve each person and congregation.


Fall 2016 Orientation Weekends

at Villa Sacred Heart, Danville, Pa.

Orientation: Sept. 30-Oct. 2 - See the schedule for orientation here

Re-Orientation: Dec. 9-11 - Download the agenda


Fall 2016 Course Offerings

Anglican Approaches to Scripture with The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston
Hebrew Testament I: Scripture Methods and Pentateuch with The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
Prayer Book Studies I with The Ven. Jane Miron and The Rev. Wanda Kloza
Church History I: Crossroads in Christian History with The Rev. Canon Mark Scheneman
Synoptic Gospels I with Dr. Deirdre Good
Anglican Practical Theology with The Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler
Ethics I with The Rev. Kara Slade
Course offerings subject to change.


Looking to try something new with your Vestry, Bible study group, outreach committee, or parish book club?

Consider taking a course together through the Stevenson School for Ministry this fall!  When registering as a group, pay only $50 per additional person after the initial fee.   Each ten-week course includes scholarly readings, lectures, class discussion, and support from experienced clergy faculty. 


Contact The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, Dean of the Stevenson School for Ministry, for more information and check out our course catalog for course descriptions. 


Students reflect on their experience in the Stevenson School for Ministry:





Questions? Please contact the Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, Dean of The Bishop Dean T. Stevenson Diocesan School for Ministry.