Put simply, 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 conceived with this purpose in mind.
DI exists to enhance our understanding and practice of biblical discipleship.
Pastor: Pastor Jason Hoy
Below is the list of Discipleship Institute classes we are offering this Fall! The courses range from core doctrines such as Christology to practical guides on how to get more out of your daily Bible reading.
Which is true about the origin of the universe – Evolution or the Bible? If there is a good and loving God then why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? Was there really an actual ark and, if so, how could they get all the animals on it? Did a worldwide flood occur and what is the evidence? Where did all the people groups and languages of the earth come from? The answers to all of these questions are found in Genesis 1-11 – the foundation of the Bible. Class participants will be able to answer these and other questions based on the authority and accuracy of the Bible, God’s Word.
Teachers: Glenn Felty & Dave Kohler
Glenn served at CCBFC for 15 years (leadership training and missions) where he was Senior Associate Pastor until retiring in July 2018. Prior to that he spent 13 years as an MK school principal in Venezuela, 10 years as Sr. Pastor of Grace Church in Clifton, NJ, and 13 years as Church Relations Director for TEAM in Wheaton, IL. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Columbia International University, Houghton College, and Azusa Pacific University. He plays tennis for exercise and fishes for relaxation. Glenn and his wife Shirley have been married 56 years.
Dave is a 3rd grade teacher and is currently in his 19th year of teaching in public schools. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and recently completed his Principal Certification. Dave has been attending Cedar Crest BFC for 17 years and currently serves as an elder, member of the worship team, and a leader in the College and Career group. In his free time, Dave loves to play and watch sports, read, play games, and spend time with his family.
Do you desire to deepen your understanding of Christ, the sufficiency of his death on the cross, or the evidence of his glorious resurrection? This class will explore the wonderful truths of Christ, his ministry, and his work of salvation for us. Our desire is to better understand our Savior’s great love for us, resulting in increased love for him.
Teacher: Dean Ressler
Dean was born and raised on the mission field. After completing undergraduate work at Prairie Bible Institute and Calvary Bible College, he obtained a graduate degree from Columbia International University. In 1980, he returned to the southern Caribbean, to the island of Bonaire, to a church-development and leadership-training ministry for 24 years. Since 2004, Dean has been serving in the Missionary Care Department of Fellowship International Missions (FIM).
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 help you discover who Cedar Crest is and discern whether you want to covenant with our church.
Teacher: Chris Von Holt
Since June 2016, Chris has been serving as Student Ministries Pastor and will be transitioning soon to Discipleship Pastor, overseeing the curriculum and teaching of Cedar Crest’s ministries. He and his wife Courtney have been married for eight years and are raising two young children, with a third on the way. Chris is currently working towards his Master of Divinity through Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Baptist University. Chris enjoys teaching theology and helping others apply it in their daily walk.
How can parents raise their kids in biblical ways, or maintain godly relationships with them through life, or guide a wayward child back to the Lord? Parenting is one of the hardest yet most awesome responsibilities. This course will provide wisdom on how to “train up a child in the way he should go” so that even when he grows old he will not forsake it (Proverbs 22:6).
Teacher: Bill Walters
Bill has served as an Elder at Cedar Crest for more than 20 years, as well as director for Adult Sunday School, Youth Leader, Children’s Church teacher, musician, sound technician, and other various positions. Bill graduated from Penn State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and studied in the Master’s of Biblical Studies program at Trinity College and Seminary, Evansville, IN. He has been married to his wife Lora for 34 years and has three children and five grandchildren who are actively involved at the church.
Most Christians struggle to be in the Word daily. That’s because most Christians don’t know how to read their Bible correctly. This class will explore various methods on how to study, identify, and uncover the wonderful truths hidden in Scripture for us.
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 is employed as a district manager for Securitas Security Services. Dan and his wife Kristina have been attending CCBFC for more than 26 years. They have been married for 32 years, have 11 children, and four grandchildren. Dan currently serves as an elder, occasionally preaches, and has been teaching adult and high school Sunday school/DI classes for many years.
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.