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Antioch School

The Antioch School is the only truly church-based and competency-based accredited degree-granting institution.  Leaders can be trained in, by, and for their churches.  Programs can be integrated with non-credit discipleship and leadership development programs.

Phone: 515-292-9694

Click HERE for a list of certified Antioch School leaders and students in the Eastern Region.

Click HERE for course descriptions.

Current Antioch School Classes

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PAULINE EPISTLES - Class starts Wednesday, January 25th and will run for 16 weeks. Class time begins from 6:30-8:00 pm with Facilitator, Gregory T. Twitchell, Superintendent- Eastern Regional Association,

Greg grew up in Oxford Maine where he attended the Oxford Advent Christian Church.  He graduated from Oxford Hills High School in 1991 and went on to Gordon College where he received a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and Youth Ministry (Dbl. major) in 1995.  He served as Pastor of Youth at the Oxford Advent Christian Church, and as Pastor of the Port Clyde AC Church, before being called to serve as Regional Superintendent in 2011.  

Greg has led and served on mission teams to Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.  He has served on a number of camp boards including Mechanic Falls, Washington, and Alton Bay. He served on the National Student Ministry Commission for 10 years, has planted a house church, and developed it into a multi-site network.  He has had 13 Interns that he has invested in as well as numerous students, pastors, and lay people.  He serves as the representative of the Antioch School to the AC Denomination and helps facilitate courses across the country.  He is married to Missie and they have 4 children (Ethan, Brandon, Darin, Lauren) who love the Lord.  


The overall objective of this course is to determine the fundamental biblical principles for growing and strengthening (establishing) a church to maturity and developing a strategy for implementing the biblical forms and functions of a church necessary for making and keeping it strong.  Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would: 

  • Develop a biblical understanding of Paul's concept of establishing local churches, while discerning the difference between what Paul understood to be normative for all churches in every culture and generation and what he intended to be merely cultural for his time and situation.  
  • Develop a biblical understanding of how the church fits into the overall plan and eternal purposes of God.  
  • Develop a biblical understanding of the philosophy that is to drive the ministry of the church and the guidelines (i.e. "house order") by which each local church is to abide.  
  • Bring all of this biblical understanding together into a contemporary model for establishing local church in the twenty-first century, including general procedures consistent with Paul's establishing model and normative "house order" instructions.

LEADERS IN THE EARLY CHURCH - Class begins Tuesday January 24th and will run for 16 weeks. Class time is from 3:30-5:00 pm with Facilitator, Rev. Roger Brown Associate Pastor of Calvary Bible ACC

Roger presently is the Pastor of Nurture (part-time) at Calvary Bible Church in Meredith, NH.  He is still serving on the pastoral staff, having invested 17 ministry years at the church. He graduated from Berkshire Christian College in 1969 and over 47 years has served in six AC churches.  In April 2009 he was certified to facilitate Antioch courses and has taught several over the past few years. He is married to Catherine Story Brown and has six children and 17 grandchildren (with one more on the way).


The overall objective of this course is to bring leadership back to the center of the local church in a way that will empower churches to participate in the expansion of the gospel with the same vision and effectiveness as the first church at Antioch.  Specifically, this means that each person studying the course will do the following:

  • Develop a basic understanding of leadership in the Early Church with all of its complexities, focusing specifically on the work of ministers of the gospel and that of elders and deacons and how their work is complementary in nature.
  • Rediscover the Antioch tradition of the Early Church, which lasted over five centuries, and design a model for how to build this tradition back to our churches, as we seek to have similar impact globally for the expansion of the gospel in the 21st century.
  • Design an effective multi-level leadership development strategy for our churches, which is truly built upon the foundation of the New Testament and which will carry the Antioch vision, of turning the world upside down.

HABITS OF THE HEART- Class begins Wednesday January 25th and will run for 16 weeks. Class time is from 2:30-4:00 pm with Facilitator, Travis Phillips

Travis is currently working on his masters of Ministry and lives in Glenville, NY.  He and his wife Jaime are members of East Glenville Community Church. 


The overall objective of this course is to determine the necessity of every believer embracing sound doctrine in the habits that undergird life and ministry, coming to conviction regarding its role in the lifelong pursuit of purity and wisdom.  Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would:  

  • Discover the root causes and effects of the present-day separation and fragmentation that has taken place within and between the "devotional life" and serious "theological studies."  
  • Examine the life of the early church, identifying the habits and personal disciplines necessary for increasing soundly in faith as individual and as churches, being protected from the constant infiltration of unsound doctrine.  
  • Identify the "core habits of the heart" that ministers of the gospel and spiritual leaders must maintain in order to visibly progress in the Scriptures in a sound manner, and identify the general development phases characteristic of most leaders, sketching a lifelong strategy for growth and development.  
  • Sharpen reading skills and develop a guide for a building a lifelong reading program.
  • Design a strategy for a church in which corporate, family, and individual habits are modeled and practiced in an orderly and natural manner.


 -Class begins Wednesday January 25th and will run for 16 weeks. Class time is from 10:00-11:30 am with Facilitator, 

Rev. Michael F. Tuttle, Associate Minister of Family Life, Hope Church (Lenox, MA)

A 1987 graduate of Berkshire Christian College (B.Th.), and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School (M.A.R.), Mike served as Hope Church's Minister of Youth from 1994-2011. During these years, Mike has led students on more than 12 short-term mission trips to Mississippi, Mexico, Belize, Dominican Republic, and Honduras and has coached basketball, soccer, and softball at the local High School. 

Mike currently serves as the Associate Minister of Family Life at Hope Church where his charge is to strengthen families by assisting fathers and mothers in fulfilling the biblical mandate to bring up their children "in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4)." In addition, Mike oversees the Elders of his church and works to equip them as they lead those placed under their care. Mike also serves as the Director of Student Development at the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS) where he teaches both the Decision Making and the Will of God and Bible Lands classes as well as the Discipleship Seminar to first-year students.  In addition, Mike is a sixteen time co-host of the Bible Lands Seminar, a three-week trip sponsored by the Institute which has included tours to Rome, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel.

Mike and his wife Sandi have been married for 28 years and have three wonderful sons; Caleb (and his wife Arielle), Jacob, and Jared and two beautiful granddaughters, Daisy and Galilee.


The overall objective of this course is to understand the idea of the church as a family and the individual family as a "family within a family," using the implications of this reality to develop strategies for building strong households within the context of the church.  Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would do the following:

  • Build a guide for functioning as a "family within a family," promoting harmony with God's order for the larger family and freeing the family and the believing community to become all that God intended.

FIRST PRINCIPLES - Class begins Thursday January 26th and will run for 12 weeks. Class time is from 7:00-8:30 pm with Facilitator, Pastor Merle Beal, of Westfield ACC.


Merle serves as Pastor of the Westfield Advent Christian Church in Massachusetts. Formerly from Friendship, Maine where he served as a Deacon in the Friendship AC Church, he felt a call to Ministry after taking a number of Antioch School Courses.  He has been involved in Revitalizing the church in Westfield for the past 3 years.  He is married to Jean and they have two daughters, Rebekah & Laura, and 1 cat.  


The First Principles Series is not just another study.  It is a new approach, introduces a new method, and demands acquiring new skills.  It is a modern-day catechism but of a significantly different type.  It has been over 25 years in the making and has been tested worldwide over the last five years.  It is thorough and demanding.  Yet most importantly it reaches back into scripture and wisdom-based traditions to build a process that avoids the academic sterility of Enlightenment-based scholarship.  This booklet is designed to help you understand this new approach, learn a new method, and develop a new skill set.  It is designed to equip you with the basics you need to use The First Principles Series effectively in founding believers and churches in the faith and leading them down a path of learning to think biblically, through a serious, ordered learning process. 


"I believe that everyone who attends and Advent Christian Church should be grounded in the teaching of the Apostles through this series.  It is foundational to establishing maturity in believers and in developing leaders. Every church that plans on offering this series should first send their leaders through this course on how to teach it.  It will prove invaluable!"        - Greg Twitchell, Superintendent ERA


"I praise God for the Antioch School and how He used it to change my view of the purpose of the church and rescue me from the “professional ministry mindset."

 -Pastor Heath Keniston, Crossroads Church W. Ossipee 

(Through the Antioch School) "You learn how the early church was taught sound doctrine, how they developed leadership, and how they planted and maintained new churches. The education is especially helpful to pastors, elders, deacons and teachers, giving them more tools to work with in developing new future leaders and workers within the local church."

 - Pastor Merle Beal, Westfield AC Church

"One of the people in my church had been learning from Antioch's First Principle series.  At his funeral at least a hundred different people came up to me and said, "You're Bill's Pastor." They said, "He loved that church.  He shared with us that he is not in a church, he's with a family.  We want to hear more about what changed in his life."

- Pastor David Patterson, Windham AC Church

"We have been using BILD resources for several years here in Lenox and the results so far have been powerful in energizing people at every level of church life. Several of us in Lenox have already taken the AS training and found it to be more than a program to be layered upon current church life. It is a transformational way of thinking and serving the Lord."

 - Steve Brown, President BICS

"I believe that this church based theological education has great potential for strengthening churches and developing leaders for the future." 

- Greg Twitchell, Superintendent, Eastern Region

Eastern Regional Association -  Rochester, NH   03866-1913 - Phone: (603) 332-1412 - Fax: (603) 332-1648 
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