A Message from Dean Sarah


On June 23, 1966, Dean T. Stevenson became the first Bishop of the new Central Pennsylvania Diocese of the Episcopal Church. He had a vision that resulted in an education center in the diocese specifically offered to laity and for the vocation of deacon.  This education center, The School of Christian Studies, lasted over 35 years and provided local congregations opportunities to grow in learning, in community and in discipleship. 

Today, inspired by this vision and commitment to form disciples and leaders to serve the Episcopal Church we continue to create a learning community known as The Stevenson School for Ministry, where discovery, experimentation and creativity is a part of the process of online academic and experiential leadership formation. 

It is a joy to serve as the Dean of SSFM at a time when our education focus includes the ministry of all the baptized. Living into Bishop Stevenson’s vision to be formed together as disciples who journey in the way of Christ’s love joining God’s mission.

Presently, we reach beyond our diocesan geographic boundaries to learn from other dioceses and our ecumenical collaborative partnerships, including the Lancaster Theological Seminary. We have expanded our excellent vocational faculty to include new certificate programs in addition to our certificate for the ministry of priest, deacon, and lay licensed ministries.  Some examples include a certificate in racial justice, living evangelism and others such as leaders as stewards, vestry leaders and forming house church all integrated with spiritual formation.  

Join us! We are here to serve you.  Questions?  Contact me directly sboylan@diocesecpa.org.