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
Below is the list of Discipleship Institute classes we are offering this Spring. Classes begin March 26, 2023.
In part 1 of this course, we answered the questions, “Who is God?” and “What is God?” In part 2, we will be exploring God and His works. How does God work? What is His work? How far does His lordship extend? These are questions the world can’t answer. Unfortunately, the current evangelical church finds itself struggling to answer them too. If we don’t know God’s works and how He works, we cannot trust Him as we should, nor will we worship him properly. With an aim of being faithful to Scripture, intently accessible, and immensely applicable, this course will give you a deeper understanding of God’s works in creation and redemption.
Teachers: Dan Waterman & Chris Von Holt
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.
Formerly the Pastor of Student Ministry, Chris has recently transitioned to Discipleship Pastor, overseeing the curriculum and teaching of Cedar Crest’s ministries. He and his wife Courtney have been married since 2013 and are raising three young children. Chris is currently working toward his MABS 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.
Have you ever wondered how the church arrived at its present state? During an era of widespread ignorance of church history among 21st-century believers, it’s more important than ever to know the arduous roads Christianity has traveled to get to this point. Understanding the church of the past will give us a greater appreciation for the body of Christ today.
Teacher: Rick Whitmire
Rick has been attending Cedar Crest since he moved to the Lehigh Valley 17 years ago, and became a member soon after. Since then, he has served in several areas of ministry, including youth group, college, choir, teaching several Sunday Schools/DI, Deacon Board, and the Elder board. Rick also serves on the Executive Board for the Bible Fellowship Denomination. He and his wife Keri have been married for over 20 years and have two fantastic children: Halle Jo and Caleb.
Corporate worship is God-ordained, commanded, and defined, as well as formative for our own personal worship. Understanding what we are doing when we gather on Sunday mornings will help us better honor God, minister to our family in Christ, and receive the blessing of communion with God.
Teachers: Luke Walters, Joe Busolits, & Tim Moyer
Luke was born and raised at CCBFC where he accepted Christ at an early age. He began serving as a volunteer—most consistently in the music ministry—starting in the 6th grade. While pursuing a degree in Physician Assistant studies, God called Luke to full-time ministry as the Director of Worship. In 2017, he married Christine, and in 2021, they welcomed Beckett to their family. That same year, Luke completed a Master of Arts degree in Worship Studies.
Joe graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Conducting. He is in his 24th year of teaching, currently teaching instrumental music in the Allentown School District—his alma mater. Joe and his wife Sheri first came to CCBFC in 1994 as new believers, and stayed until Joe was called to be choir director, then worship leader at other local evangelical churches. They were happy to return to their CCBFC family in 2015. Joe and Sheri have been married for 33 years, have two married, adult children, and three grandchildren.
Tim graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics. He was employed as the Director of Product Engineering for East Penn Mfg. Co. Inc. for 47 years before his retirement in March 2019. Tim and his wife Dawn have been attending CCBFC for 16 years. They have been married for 48 years, have 3 children, and four grandchildren. He currently serves as an elder, worship team member/leader, and occasional DI teacher. Tim has been actively serving as a worship team leader/member for over 30 years.
Peter, once a naïve disciple but now a bold leader of the early church, is writing letters to Gentiles undergoing persecution and hostility. Although written in the first century, his words of encouragement on salvation, sanctification, and suffering still apply today. In this class, you’ll find instruction for how the Christian should live regardless of circumstances.
Teacher: John Colabroy
John currently serves as an elder here at CCBFC. He and his wife Donna have been married for over 46 years and saved for more than 40. They have three grown daughters, all married and faithfully serving the Lord in various ministries. They have also been blessed with eight grandchildren, ages ranging from 5-13 years old. John thanks God every day for his marvelous grace and blessings in his life.
Lamenting is a subject rarely discussed in the church. Yet, some of the most well-known passages in Scripture (consider the Psalms) were penned to God out of hearts of anguish and sorrow. In this class, learn how to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.
Teachers: Adam Crain & Scott Allen
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 12 ½ years as they raise their three young children. He’s been in the ministry for over two decades and currently serves as Cedar Crest’s Shepherding Pastor. 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, Philly sports teams, and being a sportsman in the great outdoors.
Scott serves CCBFC as a Biblical Counselor and a Life Group Leader. He and his wife Debbie have been at CCBFC for six years. They’ve been married for 38 years, and have three sons and two grandchildren. Scott is currently completing his seminary degree in Biblical Counseling this year and took an early retirement two years ago in order to serve in an expanded role at Cedar Crest. He is passionate about helping believers grow in Christ through the personal and corporate ministry of the Word.
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.