Older Adult Ministry Certificate Program

Aging can create special challenges, as well as strengths, in faith formation. The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) are pleased to offer the Older Adult Ministry (OAM) Certificate Program to better equip those working in churches and faith-based organizations to address the needs of older adults.

The Older Adult Ministry courses are open to participants from any denomination or faith tradition. There are four core courses, with two courses generally offered each spring at The Center for Lifelong Learning.

While participants may begin with any of the four coureses, we recommend beginning with The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry and Teaching for Transformation courses. Completion of pre-course reading and post-course assignments are required to received course credit toward the OAM Certificate. The course of study may be completed in  12-24 months if two courses per year are completed. A Capstone Project is required to complete the certificate program.

Courses offered on campus are $300 per course, plus housing and meals. Online courses are $215 per course.

The Older Adult Ministry Certificate course schedule through the spring of 2021 is listed, below. Guest rooms and  dining facilities are available on campus and housing may be reserved during the registration process. Limited scholarship funds are available through POAMN. Please contact Sarah Erickson if additional financial assistance is needed.

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

OAM Courses 2020 – 2021 

Due to the campus remaining closed to on-site learning through June 2021, the spring courses will be delivered online and course dates adjusted.

February 11 – March 17, 2021 –  Spiritual Formation and Older Adulthood, with Mary Anona Stoops

February 11 – March 19, 2021 – Teaching for Transformation with Older Adultswith Joyce MacKichan Walker

OAM Courses 2021 – 2022 

ONLINE January 27 – February 25, 2022-  The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry

ONLINE March 21 – April 29, 2022 Theological Reflection in Older Adulthood with Paul “Skip” Johnson

The OAM Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is the final course in the Older Adult Ministry (OAM) Certificate Program.  The Capstone entails working with an advisor to design a project addressing an aspect of older adult ministry within a particular context or community and which demonstrate application of the theory and practices learned during the four courses in the OAM Certificate program. Participants may register for the course when they have completed all four OAM courses. Discussions about the project occur as coursework progresses, with the support of with course leaders and OAM Advisory Group members.


Sarah Erickson
Director, Lifelong Learning/OAM Program Coordinator
404 687-4526

Patricia Baker  
POAMN President- Elect/OAM Certificate Program Advisor

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network