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Valerie Bridgeman and Jorge Lockward
lead Schooler Institute on Preaching

Under the theme “Beyond Band-Aids: Building the Beloved Community in the Age of Ferguson,” the event runs Monday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Lockward and Bridgeman

Valerie Bridgeman and Jorge Lockward will lead the Schooler Institute on Preaching Feb. 23 and 24 on the MTSO campus. The theme is “Beyond Band-Aids: Building the Beloved Community in the Age of Ferguson.”

Thanks to the generosity of the 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.

Register online now.

Valerie Bridgeman is visiting associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible at MTSO. She is the founding president of WomanPreach!, an organization bringing preachers to full prophetic voice. She has taught in some of the nation’s premier seminaries and divinity schools. Before coming to MTSO, she was a tenured associate professor of Hebrew Bible and homiletics and worship at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

Ordained in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), Bridgeman holds a doctorate from Baylor University, a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Trinity University.

Jorge Lockward is director of global praise for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, he was a committee member of the Spanish Language United Methodist Hymnal and has served as consultant on other denominational hymnals.

Among other contributions to worship, Lockward has served on the executive committee of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and the board of directors of Choristers Guild. As a song leader and workshop leader, he models a passion for the ways congregational song both reflects and shapes the theology and praxis of the assembled community.



9:30 a.m.: Morning Session

Opening worship, with sermon by Valerie Bridgeman
Opening lecture by Dr. Bridgeman
Response by Jorge Lockward

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch

1-3:30 p.m.: Afternoon Session

Guided conversations, led by Dr. Bridgeman and Rev. Lockward
Dialogue with Dr. Bridgeman and Rev. Lockward
Hands-on exercise: Creating a worship structure and sermon outline


9:30 a.m.-noon: Morning Session

Review and discussion of exercises
Engaging issues raised and planning Closing Chapel

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch

1 p.m.: Closing Chapel, featuring elements created by participants

History of the Schooler Institute

The Schooler Institute on Preaching was established in 1989 through a 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. Registration will be available soon.

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.

Register online now.


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.