American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program

Fall 2020 Classes: Cancelled 
Look for the next scheduled series in 2021

Space is limited to 20 students 

Course Outline and Requirements

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Once again, ABCOPAD staff in conjunction with our Academy for Christian Training and Service (ACTS) will offer its second 6-week Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program. This 6-week course, being taught on-line starting Tuesday, September 22 and continuing on Tuesday nights through October 27th, will provide basic pulpit supply training for those interested in preaching at churches in ABCOPAD. Each on-line class will be 2 hours and taught by pastoral leaders in our Region.  The class is limited to the first 20 registrants. 


Below is the class outline with instructors:  All classes 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Date Session Instructors Topic 
Sept. 22 1 Pastor Cristy Wise Basic Communications
(Including Eric Kraihanzel: use of presentation technology)
Sept. 29 2 Pastor Tim Munson Biblical Interpretation
Oct. 6 3 Pastor Mark McCallion Sermon Preparation, Outlining, Illustrations, and the Ethics of Preaching 
Oct. 13 4 Pastor Sue Wilson-Radel Thematic and Seasonal Sermon Preparation
Oct. 20 5 Pastor Jeff Johnson Using Personality Styles to Communicate
Oct. 27 6 Pastor Frank Frischkorn
Pastor Mark Mahserjian-Smith     
Basic Understanding of ABCOPAD, Q&A, Wrap-up

This class will require all students to participate in all six classes along with preparing and presenting two sermons that will be recorded by the student and evaluated by an experienced pastoral leader in ABCOPAD. Students must complete all 6 classes. One absence is permissible with the class being made up via watching a recording of the class. If more than one class is missed the student can consult with the leadership team regarding extenuating circumstances and the need to make up a second class.

The cost of the program is $100.00 with $50.00 scholarships being made available through an ABCOPAD grant.
Registration and on-line payment via the ABCOPAD web site.

It is our hope that former and current Sunday School Teachers, Educators or those feeling a call to preach will consider taking this new and exciting 6-week course. This is a great way to help churches in your association or just help your pastor when the pastor is away on vacation or in need of a Sunday off. Contact any of our ABCOPAD Regional Pastors if you have questions. We look froward to having you participate in our Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program this September. God Bless.


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To pay by check: Make checks payable to ACTS and in the memo line include "Recognized Pulpit Speaker Course" your check to

Denise Veselicky
159 N. Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2609

Course Outline and Requirements