Certificate in Christian Leadership

Wheatland Salem Church and Northern Seminary are excited to make seminary-level learning accessible to the local church, its leaders and community.

Program Focus

This non-degree program provides high-quality ministry training and theological study. It is designed for the person interested in deepening his or her understanding of scripture and how it impacts the work of the church.

Who can participate?

The courses and the certificate program are open to anyone, regardless of educational background or relationship with Wheatland Salem Church. 

Students are not obligated to take each course listed in the program, however, students that complete all of the program courses will receive a Certificate in  Christian Leadership from Northern Seminary and will be invited to participate in graduation, if they choose.

FALL 2013 Class: The Church Engaging Culture

This course explores the concept of “culture” and its relationship to Christianity in America.  It will provide an historical overview of Christianity in America, focusing on the way in which it has responded to and been at the forefront of cultural change, before examining the cultural challenges facing Christians in the 21st century.  Issues relating to religious pluralism, multiculturalism, race, and gender will be discussed in an attempt to better understand, and thus serve, the needs of the twenty-first century church.

Tuesdays, 7 - 9 p.m., beginning September 24 - December 3


Andrew Tooley

            Ph.D. History, University of Stirling, Scotland, 2013

            M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2006

            B.A. University of Nebraska, 2001

Andrew Tooley teaches at Northern Seminary and Wheaton College.  From 2008 to 2011 he served as the Project Director for the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College.  He has taught courses in African American history, the history of Christianity and theology and culture at both Wheaton and the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.  Andrew has ministered broadly in Christ’s church, serving congregations in both the United States and abroad.  His most recent work is an edited book entitled Evangelicals and the Early Church (Eugene, OR : Wipf & Stock, 2012). 

Student Fees: 

Registration fee: $150 per course

 This fee does not include the price of course material.


Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling. (Downers Grove : IVP, 2008.) ISBN: 978-0830833948 (284pp ; $16.99)

Sweeney, Douglas. The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement. (Grand Rapids : Baker Academic, 2006.) ISBN: 978-0801026584 (208pp ; $15.78) 

Students will receive additional information regarding course material and/or retreat center details when they register.

Course materials are purchased by the student through textbook resources such as Amazon.com.

Registration Process

Students will register through and pay student fees to Wheatland Salem Church

WSC will provide the student list to Northern Seminary

Registered students will receive a Northern Seminary email address and access to Moodle (Northern’s online course system) for the purpose of taking the required online tests