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 courses, we recommend beginning with The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry when possible. Courses may be taken in any order.

A Certificate in Older Adult Ministry I will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete each of the four core courses, including the final assignment that is part of each course’s design. The OAM I course of study may be completed in  12-24 months if two courses per year are completed.

The Older Adult Ministry Certificate course schedule through the spring of 2023 is listed, below.

When offered on campus, program fees are $300 per course, plus housing and meals. When we host courses on campus, guest rooms and  dining facilities are available and housing may be reserved during the registration process.

Funds for financial assistance may be available through POAMN. 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 2022 – 2023  

ONLINE January 23 – February 24, 2023  Teaching for Transformation with Older Adults with Joyce Mackichan Walker

ONLINE March 6 – April 14, 2023  Spiritual Formation and Older Adults with Mary Anona Stoops

Online courses are $215 per course, early registration. Full program fee is $250.

OAM Courses 2023 – 2024

The Process of Aging and Implications for Ministry with Zeena Regis and Theological Reflection in Older Adulthood with Paul “Skip” Johnson will be scheduled during this academic year. Dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Should these courses be offered on campus/in person, the program fee will be approximately $300, and housing/meals will be additional costs. Online courses will be at the rates listed above.

The OAM Capstone Project – Level II Certificate

For those wishing to go deeper, completion of a Capstone Project will earn those participants a Certificate in Older Adult Ministry II.  A Capstone is an independent study project, generally based in a specific ministry context, and is completed after the four core courses.  The Capstone entails working with a local project supervisor and the OAM project 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 Capstone when they have completed all four OAM courses and had a preliminary discussion with course leaders and the OAM Program Coordinator. The Capstone is $350, with part of the fee going to your project supervisor.


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

Patricia Baker  
POAMN President/OAM Certificate Program Advisor

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network