Saint Paul Academy: New Testament Classes for Laity

Dr. Israel KinclassDr. Israel Kamudzandu will teach the first Saint Paul Academy classes in New Testament on February 24 and March 3.

The Saint Paul Academy

Saint Paul Academy offers non-degree classes for clergy and laity who would like to deepen their faith, better understand theology, and grow in ministry and leadership skills. These opportunities for continuing education and personal enrichment allow participants to engage at their own pace and are taught by Saint Paul School of Theology faculty.

About the Course
The two-day course provides lay Christian believers, and Sunday school teachers with historical, cultural, and social contexts of the New Testament with emphasis on the origins of Christianity, concentrating on Four Gospels, selected Pauline Letters and the Book of Revelation. Although theological themes of each book will occupy much of the study, attention will be on the New Testament as Scripture as a source of Revelation of the Triune God. The course will equip participants with new methods of reading and interpreting both the Old and New Testament.

Books for the Course:
Participants are to bring a Bible they understand and a notebook for taking notes and doing course activities in groups or individually.

To Register:

Earn a Certificate in Lay Theology
There are six basic courses that lead to a Certificate in Lay Theology.

The six (taken in any order) are:

  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Introduction to Church History
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Introduction to Worship
  • United Methodist Heritage (Polity/History/Doctrine)


eUpdate Letter from the President – 2/17/2015

Dear Saint Paul Community,

Last week was full to overflowing!

Holy Conversations

Holy ConversationsHoly Conversations continued with a gathering at Central United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Rev. Dr. Jim Simpson, ’77/’81 and his staff provided warm hospitality. Saint Paul faculty both current and retired were present: Dr. Israel Kamudzandu and Rev. Ed Kail. Israel has just returned from his fall semester research leave and reports he is thrilled to be back in the classroom with such amazing and energizing students.

Global AIDS Fund Committee

Global Aids FundThe Global AIDS Fund Committee: A program of the United Methodist Global Health  Initiative met at Trinity Community Church in Kansas City, KS. Several of the members of the committee attended worship, community meal and participated in an informative panel discussion at Saint Paul. On Thursday, February 12, they hosted an evening program at Trinity. Rev. Dr. Mark Holland ’09 and his staff welcomed the Global AIDS Fund Committee (GAFC) and those of us who joined them for the evening.

The GAFC announced their new health initiative: Just Save One: Saving newborns from HIV. The cost of therapies to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to infant is $10. As you read this eUpdate 900 babies are being born with HIV every 24 hours.

Renewing Relationships and Connections

It’s impossible to attend a United Methodist event without making or renewing relationships and connections. Retired Bishop Fritz ’75 and Etta Mae Mutti reminded us of their journey when two of their three sons were diagnosed and died from HIV/AIDS. I am moved to tears each time I am reminded of the fear and secrecy which paralyzed our understanding and compassion for so many years.

Schaunta James-Boyd, Executive Director of the E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas has been educating and promoting community health for over 12 years. She described several examples of educational moments used in the midst of worship at St. Mark.

Yvette Richards is the national president of United Methodist Women and an active member of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. When she isn’t traveling the world on behalf of United Methodist Women (UMW), she works for State Farm. She announced a new collaboration between UMW and United Methodist Committee of Relief (UMCOR) to reduce the mother-to-child transmission of HIV with effective interventions. Yvette had her own cheering section with the table of UMW members from St. James.

Annual Conferences

The advancement and recruitment staff of Saint Paul have selected the Annual Conference meetings where we will be in May and June: Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, Great Plains, Great Rivers, Northwest Texas, Arkansas and the Pacific Northwest. Announcements will follow about the Saint Paul meal and meetings for alums, students, and friends at each annual conference session. If you are reading this and would like for us to be in your annual conference next year, please let me know.

I offer prayers as we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent.

On the journey with you,

President Sharon HowellRev. H. Sharon Howell, President
Saint Paul School of Theology

Truman Road Campus and the Guadalupe Centers, Inc.

Exerpts from the President Report given by Saint Paul President H. Sharon Howell  Report at the Awards Dinner on November 10.

Saint Paul School of Theology is a seminary of the United Methodist Church. It is a seminary of collaborations. We are in our 7th year of a collaboration with Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma Annual Conference. We are in our 2nd year of a collaboration with Church of the Resurrection of the Great Plains Annual Conference. Collaboration is really a theological term for “bold, cutting edge, visionary, faithful and faith-filled” creative relationships with United Methodist institutions.     

Saint Paul was birthed in the heartland out of a need for theologically educated and practically trained pastors. We are still that seminary. Saint Paul pitched its tent with National College at Truman Road and Van Brunt.

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Saint Paul Board to Go Through Strategic Planning Process

The Saint Paul Board of Trustees met at Church of the Resurrection October 13-14.

The Board worked under the leadership of Dr. William (Bill) C. Miller who served in theological education for more than 35 years.

Bill served at our neighbor institution Nazarene Theological Seminary for 27 years where he was library director, professor, director of institutional research and assessment and Dean for Administration (COO and CFO).

He later worked for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) as a director for Institutional Evaluation and Assessment. Read more

Spiritual Formation and Class Work

Students and faculty were renewed by participating in the Fall Spiritual Formation Retreat in Olathe, Kansas. During Reading Week students and faculty have an opportunity to read, write and take a deep breath before returning to class on Monday, October 20.

This summer I sat with a table full of Master of Divinity students for lunch and conversation. After asking them what class they were taking, I learned that they were all in Dr. Jim Brandt’s Atonement course.

For the next 15 minutes I sat and listened as they all talked about the class content and the current applications of what they were reading. The model of the class was fascinating. Every morning they focused on a single theologian and his/her writings on atonement. Read more