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

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

Course Calendar for 2019 - 2021 (pdf file)

January Term


 January 8-9, 22-23, 2021


Baptist History and Polity
This course is an introduction to the history of the Baptists and the resulting church organization. After a brief introduction to early church history and the Reformation, this course will focus on the history of the Baptists in England and America. The course will discuss the organization of a Baptist church with an emphasis on pastoral leadership.


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beginning January 30, 2021


An introduction to the leading of a complete Christian Education program, i.e., Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, youth work, and nursery programs. The needs of various age groups will be presented. Skills will be built for working with church leadership, for looking at and selecting materials, and for providing guidance to the teachers involved. Basic teacher skills will also be discussed.


The early parts of Genesis will be examined, followed by a history of the nation of Israel. The poetic, wisdom, and prophetic books will be discussed. Authorship, dating, type of literature, and theology will be discussed. The geography of Palestine and the surrounding region will be covered. How the modern Old Testament text came to be will be explained.

On-Line Student Registration

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Prospective Students should send email inquiries to HERE.


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