New Formation/Education opportunities

The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and Episcopal churches of southern Ohio invite you to participate in new cooperative formation/ educational opportunities in the Dayton and Chillicothe areas beginning in February 2015.

Since 2006 the Southern Ohio Synod of the ELCA has offered formation/educational opportunities to its members through its Lay School of Theology (LST). Beginning in February, the LST will be opening a new location in Kettering at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at the corner of E. Stroop Rd. and Ackerman Blvd.

The LST’s mission is to provide members of our churches with opportunities to reflect on their past and present ministries. They do so while engaging in theological studies with their peers and with encouragement and guidance from a faculty consisting of seminary professors and members of the clergy and lay staff of congregations. The days are filled with quality lectures, animated discussion groups, good food and a little time for relaxing conversation.

The first series to be offered at the new location will be an Introduction to the Old Testament, led by the Rev. Stephen Kimpel, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Dayton. Sessions will be held on the third Saturday of each month, February through May, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the series is $50. The host church will provide lunch for all participants, with free-will offerings welcome. The book, which will serve as a starter for the instruction and discussions, is John J. Collins’ A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Second Edition (2014, Fortress Press).

On the same dates and at the same time, the LST will be offering another opportunity at its existing location: Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 74 Main Street in Chillicothe. The Rev. Thomas Ferguson, Academic Dean of Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, will be leading a series examining “Early Christian Traditions: the Birth of Christianity.” The cost for the series is $50. The host church will provide lunch for all participants, with free-will offerings welcome. The books to be used are Justo Gonzalez’ The Story of Christianity, Volume 1, Second Edition (2010, HarperOne); Rebecca Lyman’s Early Christian Traditions (1999, Cowley Publications); and Henry Bettenson’s (editor) Documents of the Christian Church, Fourth Edition (2011, Oxford University Press).

These spring 2015 offerings will begin a new series of shared formation/educational opportunities, on a variety of topics, for the congregants of both of our denominations. Members of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Southern Ohio Synod are working on plans for future series, to be led by teachers from both the ELCA and the Episcopal Church. For more information about the Dayton series, please contact Pastor Steve Kimpel at 937.253.2156 or For the Chillicothe series, please contact the Rev. Tom Ferguson at 614.231.3095 or

The Rev. Mike Kreutzer serves as rector at St. Mark’s, Riverside.