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Save the date. The 2015 Schooler Institute on Preaching is Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24, 2015.


Mark Kelly Tyler leads
2014 Schooler Institute on Preaching

Also, speaking on ecology and theology: Dr. Timothy Eberhart
Rev. Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler will lead the Schooler Institute on Preaching at MTSO


Thanks to everyone whose participation helped make the 2014 Schooler Institute on Preaching a success.

Video of the Schooler Institute lectures and chapel services has been archived on MTSO’s Livestream page.

Photos from Schooler are on MTSO’s Facebook page.


Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler will lead the Schooler Institute on Preaching Feb. 10 and 11 on the MTSO campus. He will give two lectures on the theme “To Serve the Present Age? The State of Prophetic Preaching in the Age of Reality TV Preachers.”

Tyler is a fully affiliated faculty member at MTSO, where he teaches homiletics and African-American studies, and is senior pastor of the historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

Tyler will be joined by Dr. Timothy Eberhart, recently appointed assistant professor of theology and ecology at MTSO.

Thanks to the generosity of Schooler Family Foundation, the event is offered to the public without cost. MTSO is offering one CEU credit for a $25 administrative processing fee. Advance registration is required.

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Tyler holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Dayton, a Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and a B.A. in religion from Clark Atlanta University. In 2008, he was appointed pastor of Mother Bethel, the first congregation founded by Bishop Richard Allen, the founder of the AME Church. Mother Bethel has been a spiritual, social and community force since the late 1700s.

Tyler, who began teaching at MTSO in 2007, recently was interviewed by host Henry Louis Gates Jr. for the PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.


Eberhart, who is teaching at both MTSO and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary through a joint appointment, will speak on the topic “Holy Communion for the Whole Creation.”

Eberhart earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University, his Master of Divinity degree from the Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his B.A. in Religion from St. Olaf College. He is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

“It goes without saying that Mark Tyler is an excellent preacher,” said MTSO President Jay Rundell. “Our Schooler Institute participants will quickly realize what MTSO students already know: He also is an engaging and dedicated teacher of the craft. To combine Mark’s insights with Tim’s expertise on the intersection of theology and ecology will make for a powerful two days.”

History of the Schooler Institute

The Schooler Institute on Preaching was established in 1989 and is presented at no cost to participants thanks to a generous grant from the Schooler Family Foundation. Seward Schooler was a founding and lifelong trustee of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and his son David served on the board for 12 years.

Recognizing the importance of effective preaching in the life of the church, and knowing that Methodist Theological School in Ohio was founded “To Preach the Word,” the Schooler family asked for the creation of a special enrichment program that would focus primarily on the role of pulpit ministry. The resulting institute has brought renowned preachers and worship leaders to campus to share their expertise and insights with an audience that includes clergy and seminary students.

Registration, cost and optional CEUs

There is no charge for Schooler Institute presentations or for lunches, but advance registration is required. Click here for fast and easy registration.

One continuing education unit credit is available for a $25 administrative processing fee, payable by check at the event. Methodist Theological School in Ohio will process individual CEU certificates following receipt of payment and completed evaluation forms.

Schedule of events


9 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:30 a.m. Opening Chapel
11 a.m. Lecture, Part 1: “To Serve the Present Age?
The State of Prophetic Preaching
in the Age of Reality TV Preachers”
Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Lecture: “Holy Communion
for the Whole Creation”
Dr. Timothy Eberhart
2:30 p.m. Dialogue
Dr. Eberhart and Dr. Tyler
3:30 p.m. Adjourn for the evening


9:30 a.m. Lecture, Part 2: “To Serve the Present Age?
The State of Prophetic Preaching
in the Age of Reality TV Preachers”
Dr. Tyler
11 a.m. Dialogue
Dr. Tyler and MTSO President Jay Rundell
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Closing Chapel


Methodist Theological School in Ohio is pleased to provide Monday and Tuesday lunches at no charge to registered participants. Participants are responsible for their own meals Monday evening. Here are Yelp reviews of restaurants near the MTSO campus.

Lodging options

Many hotels are available within a short drive of the MTSO campus. Here are reviews of Delaware hotels on TripAdvisor.


All Schooler Institute on Preaching and Alumni Days events are held on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio. Here is a Google map. From Columbus, it’s easily reached by traveling 10 miles north of I-270 on U.S Route 23. Parking is free.

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