Greeting and Blessing!

Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry is not accepting new students for the CURRENT LICENSING PREPARATION PROGRAM.

A “new” educational program has been developed and will begin July of 2019.  Applications for this programs will be accepted later this year.

This new program will follow the new authorization guidelines in the Manual of Ministry suggested by MESA and adopted by the national church.

For more information regarding these changes please contact your local UCC Association or Conference office.

For more information regarding our new program please email and your name will be placed on a list to receive promotional materials as they come available.  Thank you for your support of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry and the programs we put forth for the vitality and strengthening of our local churches.


Rev. Steven C. Hummel, Program Director

Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry


Allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those that I have yet to meet. My name is Steve Hummel and I am the Program Director for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry, (formerly Lay Ministry in the 21st Century) a Penn Northeast, Penn Central and Pennsylvania Southeast Conference sponsored laity education program. I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and received my Masters of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2010 and am currently serving Trinity Reformed UCC in Bloomsburg.  I attended Lay Ministry in the 21st Century’s licensed ministry program and served as a UCC Licensed Minister from 2004 to 2010 at Phoebe Home in Allentown as a chaplain associate, St. Peter’s UCC in Allentown as an Interim Minister and finally Trinity UCC in Coplay before becoming their ordained Pastor in 2010. 

I am pleased to announce our LIVE BROADCAST, recorded classes, online registration and payment as well as a brand new curriculum for authorized ministry that was adapted to the Marks of Effective Ministry.  The Academy is part of the United Church of Christ’s Regional Theological Educational Consortium and works with our Conferences to bring sound educational programs to our local churches to assure growth, leadership and transformation for the future life of our Church.  We  welcome your input to help us make this one of the premier training programs in the UCC.

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 Rev Steve Hummel, Program Director for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry

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New Class Schedule


Lay Ministry of the 21st Century has changed its name to PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF MINISTRY(PAM) to better reflect our educational mission. We are currently in the throes of launching a brand new website with our class schedule, a listing of new class offerings to churches and associations, ONLINE registration for all classes and ONLINE payment, as well as our LIVE BROADCAST and recorded classes for a more flexible attendance.

Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry’s new curriculum with brand new GOALS & OBJECTIVES that are matched to the MARKS OF EFFECTIVE MINISTRY can now be fulfilled within a 2 ½ year fast-track option or a 4 year regular rotation. All classes are held at First UCC in Schuylkill Haven with a new pre & post class assignment format.

PAM is a Pennsylvania Southeast, Penn Central and Penn Northeast conference sponsored training program designed to provide an educational foundation for our laity, our churches and our licensed/commissioned ministry programs aimed at helping our congregations thrive as the body of Christ.

Please visit our website and check out the new classes and registration and for more information please call Rev. Steve Hummel, Program Director or email