School of Practical Theology

Central Institute

School of Practical Theology

Central Institute

At Central Institute, we offer classes in Bible, marriage & family, and practical ministry skills. Our goal is to equip believers in Jesus Christ to grow deeper into transformed disciples who display the life and character of Christ in both their public and private lives.

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2021 Schedule

Journey Through the Bible: Understanding the Torah
2021 Schedule
Unlocking the Bible
2021 Schedule

Core Classes

Complete at least four of these classes for your certificate:

The Story
TBA
Old Testament
TBA
New Testament
TBA
Belief: A Deeper Look
TBA
Be Transformed!
TBA
Get More out of Scripture
TBA
Share Your Faith!
TBA

Theology

Journey Through the Bible: Understanding the Torah
Winter 2021
False Belief Systems
TBA
Faith Basics
TBA
The Gospel of Luke
TBA
A Closer Walk with God
TBA
The Meal
TBA
The Book of Acts
TBA
The Reformation
TBA
Thy Word is Truth
TBA
Why are the Questions so Important?
TBA
Pursuing the Heart of God
TBA

Marriage and Family

These courses are electives, and count toward your certificate:

Parenting Teenagers
TBA
Biblical Parenting
TBA
Marriage 101: Back to the Basics
TBA

Practical Ministry Skills

These courses are electives, and count toward your certificate:

Coffee Cup Counseling
TBA
Grieving with Hope
TBA
Making Disciples Along-the-Way
TBA
Share Your Faith
TBA

Our Teachers

Jeremy Helmuth

Senior Pastor

Jeremy serves as Senior Pastor of Central Ministries. He received his BA in Biblical Studies from Grace College and Theological Seminary and went on to complete his Masters in Divinity. He received his Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. His main responsibilities at Central Ministries include preaching, teaching, and vision casting. Jeremy has taught such classes as Journey Through the Bible, Belief, a Deeper Look, Thy Word is Truth, Saved, and the Difficult sayings of Jesus. He is married to Amy and together they have four daughters, Lily, Ellie, Charlotte and Annalise.

Troy Jester

Counseling & Assimilation Pastor

Troy is Central's Counseling and Assimilation Pastor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry at Huntington University and his Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. He served at Central Ministries as Youth Pastor and Marriage and Family Counselor for eighteen years. He has taught such classes as Marriage 101, Parenting Teenagers, The Blessing, Faith Basics, Coffee Cup Counseling, and Biblical Parenting. Troy is Married to Michelle and has three daughters, Aubrey, Kaitlyn, and Kylie.

Melissa Soldner

Women's Counselor

Melissa has a B.S. in Psychology from Campbellsville University and Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She served in Kentucky as a church minister to youth and children. She later has worked outside the church in Fort Wayne as a therapist to adults and children. Her main responsibility at Central is as Women’s Counselor, however, she is involved in teaching and leading small groups with women’s ministry. Melissa has taught such classes as The Gospel of Luke, Grieving with Hope, Why are the Questions so Important? and The Meal. She serves as point person in several other areas of ministry at Central.

Don Delagrange

Care Pastor

Don is a long-time pastor at Central Ministries, currently serving as Care Pastor. He has a B.S. in Education from IPFW and attended seminary. Don led Central Ministries as Senior Pastor from 1984-2010. He and his wife Gloria currently give leadership to the care ministry at Central. They have two grown children and 5 grandchildren. He has taught such classes as Faith Basics and A Culture of Care. Don enjoys farming, golf, and walking. Don and Gloria reside in Fort Wayne, and his life verse is Isaiah 30:21.

Charles Redwine

Volunteer Teacher

Dr. Charles Redwine holds a Master’s of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary and has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Indiana since 1993. He has been a Licensed Addictions Counselor since 2011. Charles currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Huntington University and spent 22 years ministering in the Dominican Republic with troubled teens and building local schools, churches and programs for Dominican youth. He has taught classes for Central Institute such as Mental Health and the Church, and Anxiety and Depression. Charles and his wife, Jennifer live in Fort Wayne.

Rob Bogle

Groups Pastor

Rob is the Groups Pastor at Central Ministries overseeing discipleship through groups. Rob has spent over 15 years in ministry serving as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and now groups pastor. Rob graduated with a Bachelors in Church Ministries and Bible from Maranatha Baptist University. Rob has taught Pursuing the Heart of God for Central Institute, and plans to teach again in February 2021. Rob and his wife Kasee have 2 children, Mady and Titus.

Vicki Gatchell

Director of Central Institute

Vicki has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University, and Master’s Degree in Ministry Studies and Women’s Leadership Studies from Grace College and Theological Seminary. Vicki works with Navigators Church Ministries, which seeks to build disciples within local churches. She also works as Director of Central Institute. She has taught such classes as Get More out of Scripture, Be Transformed, A Closer walk with God, and Spiritual Mentoring. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys nature, and spending time with her family.

Jim Welch

Elder

Jim earned a B.A. in Ministry at Anaheim (CA) Christian College and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been teaching for many years in various settings, including in churches on both coasts, as well as in the Midwest. He has also taught over thirty classes on a collegiate level at Taylor University, Fort Wayne and Huntington University. Most recently, he has been blessed by teaching Sunday School classes at Central Ministries.

Mike Bowersock

Elder

Mike serves Central Ministries as an elder and on the Finance Team. He and his wife Roberta have been attending Central for 7 years. Mike earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technology and an MBA from Bowling Green State University. He has studied Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Islam extensively. His study has included numerous discussions with leaders in those faiths and visits to their services. Mike has taught classes for us such as False Belief Systems.

FAQS

What is Central Institute?

Central Institute is a church-based school of practical theology based in Fort Wayne, IN. We serve those wanting to grow in Biblical knowledge and to acquire practical ministry skills. Our goals are personal spiritual growth and transformation and the application of biblical truth to daily life.

Who can attend?

Central Institute is open to adults and teens who are willing to learn at an adult level.

Where will classes be held?

Classes will be held at Central Ministries Chapel Ridge, 5801 Schwartz Rd. and at Central Ministries Leo, 14717 Amstutz Rd. Consideration will be given to other locations as opportunities arise. Some class content is available via this website and also on Central Institute’s YouTube channel.

Who are the teachers?

God has brought together a team of qualified teachers including members of our church family and some from outside who will teach from their areas of expertise. Each teacher adheres to Central Ministries’ Statement of Beliefs in his or her teaching.

What do we believe?

We are rooted in the Biblical and historic Christian Faith. We teach God’s Word as fully inspired, inerrant in it’s original writings, and defer to it as our final authority in faith and practice.

For a more detailed statement of beliefs visit our beliefs page.