The Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry in collaboration with St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological
Seminary is pleased to announce a Youth Ministry Certification program. Delegates of the UOC-USA Youth Sobor have
repeatedly offered resolutions requesting advanced education for youth workers; we developed this course to address their
requests and to help support this ministry that is so vital to the health of our parishes.
It is our responsibility to provide our youth with the best personal relationships with their faith and our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. St. John Chrysostom tells us, "This, then, is our task: to educate both ourselves and our children in godliness;
otherwise what answer will we have before Christ's judgment seat?" ( Homily on Ephesians 6:1-4)
The certification program is comprised of four courses offered over a two semester period. We hope to supplement this base
course with continuing education components in the coming years. Course instructors will include Fr. Gregory Jensen and
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon. For further information or to register please contact Fr. Anthony Perkins at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Natalie Kapeluck Nixon at email@example.com.
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon
Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
About the Program
The Youth Ministry Certification Course offered by St. Sophia Theological Seminary is a two-semester program
presenting individuals with the opportunity to strengthen their work in youth ministry through the following four
courses (two per semester):
• Basic Orthodox Theology for Youth Workers (Jensen)
• Youth Ministry: Fundamentals of Approach & Ideology (Kapeluck)
• Youth Ministry Practicum (Kapeluck)
• Contemporary Social Issues and Teenagers (Jensen)
Rev. Gregory Jensen is the pastor of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Orthodox
Mission in Madison, WI and a chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has
extensive experience helping parishes in transition and clergy wellness. He is an
instructor at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary, Bound Brook, NJ.
He has a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in moral theology from the University of Dallas
and a Ph.D. in spirituality and spiritual formation is from Duquesne University in
Pittsburgh, PA. His dissertation was a phenomenological study of the structures and
dynamics of communion in Orthodox liturgy.
The author of The Cure for Consumerism published by the Acton Institute and a
forthcoming work of Orthodox Christian witness in the free market he is also an editor
for Christian Psychology, the professional journal of the Society of Christian
Psychology. Fr. Gregory is also on faculty with Acton University in Grand Rapids, MI.
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon is the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA since 2000. Her role as National Youth Director
also encompasses supervision and planning of the camping ministry programming. She
obtained her B.A. in the arts from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ms. Kapeluck Nixon sits on the Board of Directors for Orthodox Christian Fellowship
and currently serves as the Chairman of the Orthodox Youth Directors in North
This is a distance learning course. Internet and the ability for web
conferencing are necessary.