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)

Fall 2021 Courses

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beginning August 21, 2021


An introduction to the role of the pastor in caring and counseling covering: The effect of the role of pastor on the person under care; the influence of the personality of the pastor in care and counseling; the need to refer to others; introductions to listening skills, home visiting, hospital visitation, and visiting in special settings; helping parishioners deal with marriage, death and other major events in life. Resources, services, and problems in conducting marriages and funerals will be presented. Counseling techniques and resources will be discussed.


This course is an introduction to organized thought about God. This course will briefly examine the early church and how it developed doctrines. The course will present different ways to organize systems of thinking about God. A number of different approaches will be discussed, including early church fathers, Reformation leaders, and contemporary theologians. Issues covered will include revelation, God, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, and eschatology. Students will be encouraged to examine how they organize their thought about God, that is, their own system of theology. Each student will write a paper stating his/her personal theology in a clear and consistent way.

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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