The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) are collaborating in a new partnership that will better equip churches and faith-based organizations to address the needs of older participants. The Center for Lifelong Learning hosted its first Older Adult Ministry Certification classes on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary in April of 2015.

Pat Baker serves as the OAM Certificate Program Coordinator. She is a member of the POAMN Executive Committee, and is a past vice-president of the organization.

The program is open to participants from any denomination or faith tradition. Four core classes and a capstone project are required to complete the Certificate Program. Two classes will be offered each spring at the CLL; participants may begin with any of these scheduled classes. Pre-course reading and post-course assignments are required.  The certificate course of study may be completed in 24-36 months.

The course schedule through the spring of 2018 is listed, below. Guest rooms and dining are available on campus and housing may be reserved during the registration process. Limited scholarship funds are available through POAMN; contact Pat Baker for additional information.

Older Adult Ministry Classes at the Center for Lifelong Learning in 2018

For more information about each course or to register, click on the name of the course, below.

April 16-18, 2018

Theological Reflections and Affirmations in Older Adulthood

April 18-20, 2018

Spiritual Formation and Older Adults 

2018 Certification Flyer



The Capstone Project is the final course in the OAM Certificate Program. Participants will design a project to enhance an aspect of older adult ministry within a particular context or community. The project must demonstrate application of the theory and practices learned during the four courses in the OAM Certificate program: the process of aging and implications for older adult ministry; teaching for transformation; theological reflection and affirmations and spiritual formation among older adults.

Projects may vary and may include compiling lists or local resources, describing a coordinated approach within a community to address an identified need, or designing a retreat, curriculum or single class on a particular topic. If a project entails designing a curriculum, retreat or similar group formation/education class, participants are encouraged to conduct a sample class and assess the experiences as part of the project itself.

Participants may register for the course when they have

  • Completed all four OAM courses ;
  • Submitted a “statement to complete certificate” form;
  • Confirmed a mentor/supervisor and
  • Received preliminary approval of their project.

Ordinarily discussions about the project and supervisor will occur as coursework progresses in conjunction with course leaders and OAM Advisory Group members. Please contact Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary (lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu or 404-687-4577) or POAMN if additional support is needed to proceed.



Sarah Erickson
Director, Lifelong Learning


Pat Baker
OAM Certificate Program Coordinator

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network