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Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies

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Bethany Students on couchThe Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies (CATS) program offers the opportunity to test the waters of seminary education.

CATS involves a minimum of six 3-hour courses with at least one in each of the 4 primary disciplines including:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ministry Studies
  • Theological and Historical Studies

During the course of study or upon program completion, CATS students may petition for admittance into a degree program. Credits earned as a CATS student are transferable upon admission to a degree program.

Bethany offers the CATS program in two locations: at the Richmond Campus in Indiana and at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Students may choose either location, but it is expected that they will complete the majority of their class work at their chosen site. CATS students at either location will receive their certificate from Bethany Theological Seminary.

To learn more check out our catalog.

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Brandon Hanks
(Master of Divinity)

BrandonI find great comfort in knowing that the gifts of God are irrevocable--that God is faithful even if we are faithless. My faith journey begins with the Church of the Brethren. I was raised in the church by my family going to Sunday school and attending worship each week. But as a teenager I found myself struggling in my understanding of the word of God. I wanted to own my faith. I wanted it to be a real and genuine confession, not one merely adopted through my family's tradition. It was during that time of exploration that God revealed my calling as a minister in God's church.