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 fulfill their potential in service to Christ


ACTS is nationally recognized by American Baptists 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

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Course Calendar for 2021 - 2023 (pdf file)

Spring Semester 2022 Courses
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beginning February 5, 2022


New Testament
Covers the entire New Testament including the history and writing which make up its background. Each book will be analyzed as to the setting in which it was written, the author, the group of people to whom it was written, the content, the type(s) of literature contained, and its theology. The Gospel accounts will be examined to see how they relate to each other. The modern text of the New Testament and how it is put together by scholars will also be discussed. 


Biblical Interpretation

This course will cover the principles of understanding the Bible. It will examine how Scripture uses Scripture, how the Jews of Jesus’ time used Scripture, and how Scripture uses changed from Roman Catholicism to the Reformation to today. It will examine our assumptions about the Bible and the resulting principles we use in understanding the Scripture. A carefully though out process for examining passages will be presented. It will include examining the assumptions, background, text, different versions (or the original language), grammar, literature, people, places, concepts and context of a passage. All of these will be used in helping the student arrive at an appropriate meaning of the text. Principles for applying this meaning of the text to our lives will be discussed.

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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) 

The American Baptist Academy for Christian Training and Service
is a ministry of the
American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware