Pastoral Training Institute

Program Description

The PTI program is designed to meet the needs of candidates for pastoral ministry who are serving in, or are interested in, church vocational ministry. Typically, PTI students are non-traditional adult learners who have not had the opportunity for formal higher education.
The PTI provides basic theological, biblical, and ministerial skills training to those called to serve in diverse ministry settings. The PTI is also designed for laypersons seeking to enhance their biblical knowledge and/or pastoral skills. A strength of the program is the use of mentors who companion the student throughout their program of study, evaluating ministry preparation and academic progress, reflecting on the student’s call, and providing regular prayer and guided conversation.
Winebrenner has established student learning outcomes for all programs with a focus on Gaining Knowledge (knowing), Pursuing Wholeness (being), and Changing Lives (doing). The following PTI program outcomes correspond with these student learning outcomes:
〉  PTI graduates demonstrate an essential understanding of biblical, spiritual, theological, historical, and Christian ministry disciplines in a spirit of generous evangelicalism.
〉  PTI graduates demonstrate a commitment to formation that is holistic and manifested in their character as leaders.
〉  PTI graduates demonstrate compassion, theological self-identity, and wisdom in their ministry praxis.

Further details can be found in the PTI Program Manual.

Program Contact Info

Pastoral Training Institute
950 North Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840

Dr. Bruce Coats


Program Details


The program is open to students from any denomination who are over the age of 25 and hold a high school diploma.

Length & Format

The PTI program involves a four-year rotation cycle of courses. Each 12 week course includes 3 hours of instruction per week.

The courses are taught in a variety of formats:
〉 on site at the Findlay campus
〉 as one-week intensives
〉 online
〉 as hybrid modules, combining a variety of instruction methods (face-to-face instruction on select weekends, online, and directed study).

Credit Hours

The program consists of thirteen 3-credit courses that comprise 39 total credit hours of classroom instruction. Students are also required to complete the one-credit Foundations for Seminary Studies course taught via online delivery in the first trimester of study.


〉 Foundations for Seminary Studies (1 credit hour)
〉 Mentored Ministry
〉 Old Testament Foundations
〉 New Testament Foundations
〉 Church in Mission
〉 The Ministerial Person
〉 A Survey of the History of Christianity
〉 Christian Theology
〉 Christian Leadership
〉 Pastoral Care & Counseling
〉 Homiletics
〉 Discipleship Ministries
〉 Christian Worship
〉 Churches of God History & Polity
〉 Denomination History & Polity
〉 Spiritual Formation
〉 Supervised Ministry

Mentoring Component

The Mentored Ministry courses are 1-credit courses that occur each trimester. As part of these courses, every student selects a mentor for support, guidance, accountability and dialogue on his or her ministry and personal formation.


Dr. David Barbee Professor

George Fox University, B.A.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2 M.A.’s
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.

Dr. James Sweeney Professor

Roberts Wesleyan Coll., B.A.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.A.

Dr. John Nissley Professor

Penn. State University, B.S.
Grand Rapids Bap. Seminary, M.R.E.
Bethel Theological Seminary, D.Min.
Winebrenner, M.Div.

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