Discipleship Institute (DI) is our version of Sunday School. But it’s not your typical Sunday School. Cedar Crest takes seriously the biblical concept of discipleship, which means becoming more like Christ in every facet of our lives. Every DI class is carefully crafted with this purpose in mind.
DI exists to enhance our understanding and practice of biblical discipleship.
Discipleship Pastor: Chris Von Holt
When pain and suffering come our way, many people feel under-equipped to endure it and abandoned by others, especially God. But when we allow the teaching of Scripture to sink into our hearts, to consider trials as a joy, God, through the body of Christ, can turn misery into a ministry for ourselves and others. This experience, although painful, will not only strengthen our faith but in turn help us better care for others walking through suffering.
Teacher: Adam Crain
Adam graduated with a Bible Degree in 2004 and obtained a Master’s of Science in Christian Counseling in 2013 from Cairn University. He’s married to his wonderful wife, Lauren for 13 years as they raise their three young children. He’s been in the ministry for over two decades and is the Shepherding Pastor at Cedar Crest. He’s passionate about people finding freedom in Christ, discipleship, and the local church thriving as we love one another. He enjoys time with his family, the Philly Sports Team, and being a sportsman in the great outdoors.
Prayer is a conversation between you and a Holy Father. Yet too often we do not use it effectively or even at all. Through examining the Scriptures and applying what we learn, we will take a 12-week journey together to cultivate a more spirit-filled prayer life, which is vital to the health of the individual Christian and the collective church.
Teacher: Rick Whitmire
Rick has been a member of Cedar Crest for more than 15 years and attending Cedar Crest with his wife Keri for 17 years. During that time, he has served in several areas of ministry including youth group, college, choir, teaching, the Deacon Board, the Elder board, and currently serves on the Executive Board for the Bible Fellowship Denomination. He and Keri have been married more than 20 years and have two fantastic children: Halle Jo and Caleb.
Every Christian must learn how to read their Bible. And not just read it, but understand it. If you are looking to improve your personal study, this course will give you some proven practices for ensuring a proper interpretation and application of the Scriptures. Utilizing material from the Simeon Trust and from the DI course, we will examine proven methods for remaining faithful to the truth of Scripture. The entire class will meet together under Dan for instruction and then divide by gender for practice (women led by Jennifer).
*We encourage anyone to take this course. However, if you desire to formally teach or preach God’s word, you must take this class before moving on to “How to Teach The Bible” (coming Spring 2024).
Teacher | Dan Waterman
Dan graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and then from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Dan works as a district manager for Securitas Security Services. Dan and his wife Kristina have been attending CCBFC for over 25 years. They have been married for 33 years, have 11 children and six grandchildren. Dan currently serves as an elder, Youth Group leader, and teacher for Discipleship Institute classes.
Women’s Group Facilitator | Jennifer Mehta
Jennifer and her husband Mrugendra married in 1996 and relocated to the Lehigh Valley in fall of 2020, when they found Cedar Crest. She has a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, a BSN from the University of Rochester (NY), and MPH from New York University. Jennifer is a retired public health nurse and has participated in Simeon Trust workshops since 2019. The Simeon Trust is an organization dedicated to training Bible expositors.
In an age when commitments are easily broken, it is critical that disciples of Christ obey two of God’s basic commandments: to commit to a local church and to serve one another using spiritual gifts. This course will explain why and how you should join a local church—and what that means specifically to Cedar Crest BFC.
Teacher: Chris Von Holt
Chris has been on staff since 2016 and currently serves as Discipleship Pastor, overseeing adult ministries and the curriculum taught throughout the church. He is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University, ordained in the Bible Fellowship Church, and is pursuing his MDiv through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Courtney have been married since 2013 and have three children: Theodore, Guinevere, and Rosemary.
*LEAD (Leaders, Elders, and Deacons), taught by Jason Hoy, will continue in the Winter Trimester but is only open to the men who took the course in the fall.
Child Care will be available during Discipleship Institute time.
For Parents: Children’s classes are provided for ages Nursery – 5th grade, Middle School, and High School.