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The Center for Ordination & Local Church Ministry


Rev Dr. Steve Van Ostran 

Core Faculty for ABCUSA History & Polity 

serves as the Center Director and has

assembled a highly qualified Visiting Faculty, including:

Rev. Dr. Mike Oldham

Rev. Dr. Larron Jackson

Northwind Insitute offers Online Theological Education

Our courses are recognized as meeting the ordination requirements of several ABC-USA Regions and Paragon Christian Alliance International (PCAI).


Clergy from ABCRM who enrolled in the Ordination program before 3/15/2021 should select: 
"ABCRM Ordination Courses - 2020"

Clergy from ABCRM who enrolled in the Ordination program after 3/16/2021 should select: 
"ABCRM Ordination Courses - 2021"

Clergy who are members of the ABCUSA Ministers Council should select: 
 "Ministers Council ABCUSA Courses"

Clergy from other ABC-USA Regions should select: 
"Ordination Courses"

Clergy seeking Sarasota Ministers Council Ordination should select
"Ordination Courses"

After completing all required courses, students may transfer credits toward a Master of Ministry degree from Northwind Theological Seminary. A bachelor's degree is the minimum educational prerequisite for degree transfer.

American Baptist Churches- USA

Northwind Institute and the Rocky Mountain Region of ABC-USA have entered into an agreement to provide foundational educational experiences for church leaders that enables them to develop a level of pragmatic competence in key ministry areas in order that they will minister more effectively in their congregations.


Students from the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains should use the ABCRM Courses button to receive special pricing reflecting partial scholarships.

Members of the Ministers Council ABCUSA should use the

MC ABCUSA Button to receive special pricing reflecting partial scholarships.

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Northwind Institute courses meet the educational requirements for ordination or commissioning by the Sarasota Ministers Council.

The Council offers the following membership levels:


  • Ordained Ministers of Word & Sacrament

  • Ordained Counselors

  • Ordained Chaplains

  • Commissioned  Christian Counselors

  • Commissioned Christian

  • Coaches



Theological Seminary

Northwind has expanded its ministry by forming a theological seminary.

The purpose of the seminary is to offer  pastors who received their ordination without a MDiv a pathway to an earned Master's Degree.

The majority of new pastors are entering ministry in alternate or non-tradional ordination programs.

Traditional seminary degrees are out of reach for the majority of these pastors. Northwind offers an alternative online educational experience.

Transfer your completed certificate courses and earn a Master of Ministry Degree.

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