American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Academy Of Christian Training and Service (ACTS)

Equipping Saints For The Kingdom


Academy of Christian Training and Service (ACTS)
trains called men and women to fufill their potential in service to Christ


ACTS is recognized by American Baptists nationally as an accepted model of study for persons desiring to be certified as lay ministers. Graduates of the Certified Lay Minister preparation program can be certified by one’s local American Baptist church, after being recommended by their church’s association.

After certification, you may pastor a church, be an associate, youth, or interim pastor, do supply preaching, and/or generally work in your own church in a more educated and experienced way. Graduates may register with the American Baptist Personnel Services, and this can facilitate the possibility of being called to a church ministry position.

If called as a pastor, you will have the necessary recognition to perform weddings, and with the affirmation of the local church, may dedicate children, baptize, officiate at the Lord’s Supper, and conduct funerals.

A certified Lay Minister usually has the opportunity to do whatever an ordained person can do and should be well equipped to conduct quality ministry in the name of Christ.

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Ephesians 3:21-22

ACTS Web Site:
Registration Information, Schedule, Course Information and Much More 

Make an On-line Donation to the ACTS Ministry 

 (Prospective Students should send email enquiries to

ACTS Administrators: 

Rev. Ruth Moore, Dean of Advancement

Rev. Eleanor Siegrist, Dean of Academics
1331 Logan Blvd
Altoona, PA 16602

What is the Academy Of Christian Training & Service?

 Brochure Called To Serve
 Brochure ABC-USA

Student Information (pdf)

Student Information (doc) 


MISSIONS: May 11-12, 2018
EVANGELISM: May 18-19, 2018

Missions and Evangelism Student Registration (docx) 

Missions and Evangelism Student Registration (pdf)

Registration is open 

These courses examine the purpose of the church as it embraces Christ's call to "go and make disciples," who are equipped to be transforming agents in the church and world, and mindful of how this impacts an individual's spiritual formation.

An overview of the total mission work of the ABC/USA will be given, and ways of establishing financial support for missions through the development of Christian stewardship will be covered.

The American Baptist Academy for Christian Training and Service
(formerly Church Leadership Institute)
is a ministry of the
American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware