Youth Ministry
Certification Course

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 or Natalie Kapeluck Nixon at

In Him
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)
Our Instructors
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 America.
This is a distance learning course. Internet and the ability for web conferencing are necessary.