The Ohio Leadership Academy is now accepting new applicants for the 2022-2023 Academic Year!

The Ohio Leadership Academy exists as a 3-year course of study to prepare men and women to serve American Baptist Churches in positions of leadership through leadership enrichment and professional ministry development. The Academy serves to further enrich the Christian faith of its students and equip laity as well as pastors for leadership in the local church. Upon graduating from the Academy, graduates have the opportunity to become licensed ministers by their congregations or candidates for Track Three ABC Ordination. 

Subjects include: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Baptist History and Polity, Church Leadership, Worship and Preaching. 

Course requirements include (but are not limited to):
• Attendance at every intensive (both physically and online)
• Out of class reading
• Writing assignments
• Practical ministry experience

What are the Tuition and Fees for the Academy?
• Annual tuition is currently $375
• A $25 non-refundable fee is required to process prospective student application.
• Additional costs to students include books, other instructional materials, and travel expenses, including meals and overnight lodging as needed.

Where do students attend the weekend intensive classes?
There are a total of four intensive weekends. In 2022, the Academy began a hybrid model in which students met at The Bridge Church in Sunbury, Ohio for two intensive weekends (November/May) and online through Zoom for two intensive weekends (January/March).

How do I apply for the Ohio Leadership Academy?
For admission to the Academy, students must be given strong recommendations by their local church pastors or the appropriate participating ABC/Ohio church body. Applications can be found at under the Ohio Leadership Academy link. 
The Ohio Leadership Academy is a ministry of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.
The Central Ohio Cohort is overseen by Dr. Seth Fallon, Dean of the Ohio Leadership Academy. Dr. Fallon can be reached by phone 304-991-6918 or email jacknave (at)