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Department of General Studies

Welcome to the Department of General Studies. This is one of three departments under Summit University’s School of Theology. Keep reading for information about our General Studies programs and courses and how to apply.

The Department of General Studies offers students several options for immersing themselves in SU’s curriculum.  One option is to take single courses, either for credit or as an auditing student.  Another option is to compose your own General Studies Certificate Program.

Individual Courses

For Credit

Summit University welcomes students who would like to take individual courses in the Department of General Studies.  Taking a course for credit means you will complete all assignments, exercises and tests included in the course. Choose from a variety of 1-, 2- and 3-credit courses as they become available.

Complete credits simply for your own academic satisfaction, or pre-plan for a certificate program that you might want to enroll in at a future date.

If you’re currently pursuing a degree, explore the possibility of taking an SU course on a spiritual subject to supplement and deepen your program at your college or university.

For Audit

Are you interested in a particular subject matter offered by SU Online yet do not want to receive a grade or earn credits? You may apply to audit General Studies courses each semester for a reduced tuition fee of $85 plus a $20 tech support fee per credit hour. (See Tuition and Fees for more information.)

Students who audit have access to all course materials, interact with the instructor, and participate in course forum discussions. They are not required to complete assignments or take exams, are not graded, and textbooks are optional. No Certificate of Completion and no credits are awarded for auditing courses.

To learn more about auditing courses, click here.

General Studies Certificate Program

Build your own General Studies certificate from a spectrum of courses. This 18-credit program has one required 3-credit course, RELS 1080 Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters.   Students select the additional 15 credits according to their unique interests.  Almost any combination of courses will be acceptable.  Focus on a specific topic area or go broad for a well-balanced certificate.

What you need to know about the General Studies Certificate Program

The following links will help you learn more about the General Studies Certificate Program:

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Are you ready to begin your General Studies journey? Click the button below to learn how you can apply to join our Summit University online community and start taking courses today.

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Available Courses for Credit or Audit*

Single Courses for Credit or Audit*

Select any course from the list below.

  • COMS 1101 – Public Speaking (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1233 – Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1380 – Outreach Principles and Techniques in The Summit
    Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1225 – English Writing Skills (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1275 – Writing for Social Media (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1281 – Writers Guild Training – Fundamentals (2 cr.)
  • LEAD 1101 – Principles and Practice of Servant Leadership (3 cr.)
  • LEAD 1105 – Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 cr.)
  • LEAD 2105 – Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2380 – The Universal Principles of Spiritual Community (1 cr., only available to audit)
  • MINS 2603 – Foundations of Family Ministry (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2770 – The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven (1 cr.)
  • POLI 1101 – Spiritual Principles of Government (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 1201 – Spiritual Psychology 1 (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 2201 – Spiritual Psychology 2 (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1005 – Survey of the World Religions (2 cr.)
  • RELS 1080 – Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters (3
    cr.)
  • RELS 1085 – Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • RELS 1180 – The Science of the Spoken Word (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2603 – Basics of Senior Care (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2605 – End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)

General Studies Certificate Program*

Required Course (3 credits)

  • RELS 1080 – Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters (3 cr.)

Electives (15 credits)

  • COMS 1101 – Public Speaking (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1233 – Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1380 – Outreach Principles and Techniques in The Summit
    Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1225 – English Writing Skills (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1275 – Writing for Social Media (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1281 – Writers Guild Training – Fundamentals (2 cr.)
  • LEAD 1101 – Principles and Practice of Servant Leadership (3 cr.)
  • LEAD 1105 – Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 cr.)
  • LEAD 2105 – Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2603 – Foundations of Family Ministry (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2770 – The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven (1 cr.)
  • POLI 1101 – Spiritual Principles of Government (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 1201 – Spiritual Psychology 1 (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 2201 – Spiritual Psychology 2 (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1005 – Survey of the World Religions (2 cr.)
  • RELS 1085 – Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • RELS 1180 – The Science of the Spoken Word (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2603 – Basics of Senior Care (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2605 – End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)

To see a description of theses courses, visit the Course Catalog.

*See the academic calendar for when specific courses will be offered. Course numberings, titles and availability are subject to change without prior notice.  The course listing will expand as Summit University adds classes to its curriculum.

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Tuition and Fees

This page explains our current tuition and fee rates and policies. This information is subject to change without notice.

General Tuition

Tuition and fees apply to two categories of enrollment: 1) courses taken for credit (individually or for certificate programs) and 2) courses taken for audit (non-credit).

1. Courses Taken for Credit (Individual or for Certificate Programs)

Application Fee (one-time, non-refundable) $100
Tuition fee per credit $130
Technical support fee per credit $20
Workshop fee** $50
Textbook/study materials: varies per course $30-$60
Additional Fees:
Track B, Ministering Servant Certificate Program ONLY

Mentoring fee (per semester, minimum one semester) $200
Intensive (one-time)* $407
*Meals, lodging and a lodging tax during the intensive are included in the tuition. All travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the student.
**Applies to select courses.
Click here to learn more about the programs that we offer.
Click here to learn more about taking single courses through the Department of General Studies.

2. Audited General Studies Courses

Application Fee (one-time, non-refundable) $100
Tuition fee per credit $85
Technical support fee per credit $20
Workshop fee* $50
Textbook/study materials: Optional $30-$60
Click here to learn more about auditing courses through the Department of General Studies.
*Applies to select courses.

Foreign bank drafts, including those from Canada, must account for currency differences.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) is not offered through Summit University Online.

Application Fee

The one-time $100 application fee is for admission to The School of Theology. Once a student is accepted, the application and the application fee will be valid for one year. If students are unable to attend the semester for which they are accepted, the application fee will be honored for up to one year from the date of acceptance.

The application fee also covers the following situations: (1) Students in a certificate program who would later like to take a second certificate program; (2) Students in a certificate program who would like to switch to a different certificate program; (3) Students who are taking a single course for credit and would later want to take additional individual for-credit courses; (4) Students who are taking a single course for credit and would later want to enter a certificate program.

Late Registration Fee

A fee of $15 per credit is charged for late registrations. There are no exceptions to this policy.  Students are notified of registration dates in advance and are encouraged to register early to avoid late fees.

Deferral Fee

A deferral fee of $50 per course will be assessed to students who defer courses.  The option to defer is only available during Weeks 2–4 of a course.  See Deferring Courses for more information.

We reserve the right to change the curriculum and courses without prior notification.  The above information is effective December 1, 2015.

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Auditing Courses

Are you interested in a particular subject matter offered by SU Online yet do not want to receive a grade or earn credits? You may apply to audit General Studies courses each semester for a reduced tuition fee of $85 per credit plus a $20 tech support fee per credit. (See Tuition and Fees for more information.)

Students who audit have access to all course materials and to the instructor. They determine to what extent they want to participate in class work, forums, and assignments. They may submit assignments but their work will not be graded, and they will not receive a course or program grade. Textbooks are optional. No Certificate of Completion and no credits are awarded for auditing courses.

How to Apply

Those who wish to audit must apply to the School of Theology and Spiritual Studies' General Studies Audit program. The application process for auditing courses is the same as for credit courses; and applications and the one-time $100 application fee must be submitted during open application periods. Students who are accepted into the program will purchase and register for courses online at the Summit University website during designated registration periods.

Students who audit a course and later decide to take that course for credit will need to purchase, register for, and retake the course.

Students who are currently enrolled in SU Online programs do not need to reapply and may register to audit courses that are not required for their certificates.

Available Courses

View the list of available courses for audit.

See the Course Catalog for a list of courses that are currently offered or will be offered in the upcoming semester.

Auditing Courses as a Group

Want to audit courses as a group in your local Summit Lighthouse Study Group or Teaching Center?  Check out our Group Audit Policy.

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Auditing Courses as a Group

Summit University welcomes group participation in most of its academic online courses that are open to the general public. This group participation is on an audit basis only; students will not receive academic credit for their course participation. Courses are currently only offered in English.

Guidelines for Group Participation

  1. The group must have 7 people minimally. Participants should feel comfortable studying and conversing in English.
  2. As audit students, participants will have access to the course instructor but are exempt from the course assignments. They will not be able to submit assignments for grading; grades are only shown for automated grading items such as quizzes.
  3. Participants will be placed together in one small group so that they will be able to interact with all other members of their group in the course forums. This will truly enrich the experience for everyone and be the main tool to bring the group together in their studies and transformational journey.
  4. The group’s selected audit course can start at any given date but the dates are dependent on instructor availability. SU will discuss this with you when we receive your request for a group audit course and will make every effort to accommodate your request.
  5. All participants must go through SU’s regular application process and be accepted into the SU online school, and will then be registered as GS-AUDIT students (General Studies—Audit). By being registered in our academic database, each person will be able to take future SU Online courses (for credit or audit) without having to reapply to the school.  (Note: additional application requirements exist for specific programs such as our MSC-B program.)
  6. Students who have already taken academic courses in SU Online do not have to go through the application process again, but will have to pay the discounted course fee.
  7. All participants need to submit their application and pay their application fee by a set date after the group has made its commitment to the course.
  8. Following acceptance into SU, all participants must register and pay for the course no later than a week before the course starts.

Discounted Financial Arrangement for Group Audit Courses (prices per person)

  1. A special 25% discount on the application fee, i.e. $75 instead of the regular $100.
  2. Course fee (group audit): $60 per course credit (instead of the regular $130 per credit).
  3. Tech fee: $15 per credit (instead of the regular $20 per credit). This fee provides access to technical assistance via SU’s ticket-based help desk system.
  4. Each person will also have to purchase the textbooks required for the course (see course descriptions on https://summituniversity.org/coursecatalog).

Next Steps

When you are ready to discuss your group audit request with Summit University, please contact the SU Registrar:

Karen Brewer
kbrewer@summituniversity.org
406-848-9658

Download a PDF of this information here:
SU Group Audit Policy 2020

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Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements below apply to Summit University courses taken for credit or audited.

Age

Individuals must be a minimum of 18 years of age to enroll in Summit University Online. Exemptions may be possible in exceptional situations.

Education

The minimum educational requirement for acceptance into Summit University courses is a high school diploma (or international equivalent). Provisional status may be granted in exceptional situations.

Provisional Status

Provisional Status admits a student conditionally to Summit University for one or two semesters. If the student earns at least a B average (as measured by at least two courses), the student is eligible for Full Status.

English Language Requirement

Summit University Online programs are only offered in English and good English language skills are required in order to be successful in the coursework. Non-native English speakers may be asked to submit TOEFL scores or successfully pass an English proficiency test before they are accepted into the program. Complete information about taking the TOEFL test can be found by calling 800-468-6335 or at http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/faq.

On the application you may be asked to rate yourself on how well you can perform the tasks listed below in English:

  • Comprehend instructions and follow directions given in the form of text and videos.
  • Assimilate academic content presented in a variety of mediums such as online text, books, and audio and video clips.
  • Formulate well-crafted written ideas and responses to academic content, with minimal grammatical errors, in the form of short answers and longer papers.
  • Complete exams.
  • Give short oral presentations.
  • Communicate clearly in impromptu online and face-to-face conversations with high levels of understanding.

Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

Summit University Online courses are delivered via Moodle, a web-based learning platform. Students with disabilities must therefore be able to use the computer to access the course and participate in discussion forums and assignments, either through the keyboard or voice-to-speech recognition. Some materials are audio, video or slideshows and need to be seen and/or heard. Students must also be able to complete all course components, such as attending on-site Intensives and doing practicum where required.

Letters of Recommendation

For certificate programs and courses, you will need two letters of recommendation from previous or current employers, teachers, counselors, community or group leaders, or ministers from your local congregation.

 

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Online Learning Using Moodle

Moodle, an open source online learning system, provides the electronic gateway to Summit University materials and services. Moodle features include class syllabi, schedules, materials, calendar, personal email, grades, and discussion forums. In Moodle, you will attend class, access materials, participate in discussions, submit assignments, ask questions, review assignment feedback, communicate with instructors, and review your course progress. In order to protect privacy and confidentiality, Moodle may only be used for course-related purposes.

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Academic Calendar

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Semester Dates

Semester: January 11 – May 9, 2022

Session 1: January 11 – March 7, 2022
Spring Break Week: March 8 – 14, 2022
Session 2: March 15 – May 9, 2022

Course Schedule Overview

The following chart shows the courses that will be offered during Spring Semester 2022.  (Courses highlighted in blue are 1-credit courses; in yellow, 2- and 3-credit courses; and those in pink are Intensive courses.)  For more details about each course, please see the course catalog.

Important Dates

The following important academic calendar dates apply to Summit University Online for-credit courses and programs and audit students.  It does not apply to Summit University online extension courses.

Spring Semester 2022

November 22 Registration begins for Spring Semester 2022 Session 1, 2-credit and 3-credit classes
November 25-26 SU Offices Closed (Thanksgiving holiday)
December 14 – January 10 Winter Break
December 28 Last day of registration for Spring Semester 2022 Session 1, 2-credit and 3-credit classes
December 29 to January 4 Late registration for Spring Semester 2022 (fees apply)
January 11 First day of classes for Spring Semester 2022
Jan. 18 – Feb. 7 Deferral period for Spring Semester Session 1, 2-credit and 3-credit classes
January 25 Registration opens for Session 2
February 21 SU Offices Closed (Presidents' Day holiday)
February 28 Registration ends for Session 2
March 1-7 Late registration for Spring Semester 2022 (fees apply)
January 18 – February 7 Deferral period for Spring Semester Session 2
March 8 – 14 Spring Break
March 8 – 11 MINS 2650 MTC-B Ministerial Intensive at the Ranch
March 15 First day of classes for Session 2
March 22 – April 11 Deferral period for Session 2 classes
May 9 Last day of classes for Spring Semester 2022

*Even though SU Offices will be closed during these holidays, students will still be able to access their online courses.  SU Tech Support is also available evenings, weekends and holidays during each semester (winter and summer breaks not included).  Students will be notified in advance of changes to this schedule.

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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Summit University online program. First time here? Click HERE to get started!

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General Information

Summit University accepts applications on an ongoing basis for all online certificate programs. Apply now to enroll next semester.

Before you begin your application, please review the following information and instructions so that you will be prepared to complete each step in the application process.

Current Students

Students who have already applied and have been accepted into a certificate program or as an audit student and are currently enrolled in courses do not need to reapply. To register for your courses, go to your SU Student Portal in Orbund. For videos on how to register, see SU 102 Register for the Upcoming Semester under Classes on the left-hand menu.

Application Fee

The one-time non-refundable $100 application fee is for admission to Summit University's academic programs. Once a student is accepted, the application and the application fee will be valid for one year. If students are unable to attend the semester for which they are accepted, the application fee will be honored for up to one year from the date of acceptance. For additional information, see the Application Fee section on the Tuition and Fees page.

Email Address

All applicants and students are required to have their own unique email address account that is not shared with anyone else. This email address will be used for receiving official correspondence from Summit University (including updates on application status) and accessing online course work. Providing this unique email address will help to ensure confidentiality in all communications with applicants and students.

Auditing Courses

SU online courses are available for audit to students who apply and are accepted into the General Studies program. Follow the instructions below to apply for General Studies Audit Courses. For more information about auditing courses, please see the Auditing Courses page.

Language Skills

This program is offered only in English and good English language skills are required in order to be successful in the coursework. Non-native English speakers may be asked to submit TOEFL scores or to successfully pass an English proficiency test before they are accepted into the program. On the application, you will be asked to certify that you have read and are able to fulfill the following Technology and Computer Literacy requirements:

  • Comprehend instructions and follow directions given in the form of text and videos.
  • Assimilate academic content presented in a variety of mediums such as online text, books, and audio and video clips.
  • Formulate well-crafted written ideas and responses to academic content, with minimal grammatical errors, in the form of short answers and longer papers.
  • Complete exams.
  • Give short oral presentations.
  • Communicate clearly in impromptu online and face-to-face conversations with high levels of understanding.

Learning disabilities

To be successful in this program, SU online students are required to use a computer connected to the Internet to access their courses and fulfill course requirements. Courses are delivered via Moodle, a web-based learning platform. Some course materials are audio, video or slideshows and need to be seen and/or heard. Students with disabilities should be prepared to use a computer to access their course(s) and participate in discussion forums and assignments, either through the keyboard or voice-to-speech recognition. Students must also be able to complete all course components, such as attending on-site intensives and doing practicums where required.

Technology and Computer Literacy Requirements

Please read the Technology and Computer Literacy Requirements. On the application, you will be asked to indicate that you have read and comply with these requirements. You may print a copy for future reference.

Application Instructions

To apply, please read the following instructions and complete each step in the process. Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission. You may also download these instructions to use as a checklist to ensure that you have completed all of the necessary steps.

Download instructions: Apply Online!

  1. Select the program that you wish to apply for. Your program choice will determine which application you should fill out below. Go to the Get Started page for a list of programs we offer.
  2. Request to have two Letters of Recommendation submitted on your behalf as soon as possible. We encourage you to do this first since applications will not be reviewed until your Letters of Recommendation have been received. See the section below for instructions for Letters of Recommendation.
  3. You will be required to upload electronically into the application the following three attachments. We recommend you have these documents ready before filling out the application.
    A recent photo of yourself. This photo must be a head shot, which is in focus (not blurry) and similar to a passport or driver's license photo (larger than the typical Facebook profile photo). Upload it as a JPEG that is no larger than 5 MBs. If your photo is too large, you may resize it at http://resizeyourimage.com/.
    Documentation of your highest educational level or degree. This may be a copy of your high school or college diploma or official or unofficial college transcripts. Please submit as a JPEG or PDF that is no larger than 1 MB. If you do not have your diploma or transcripts, you may submit a short resume (200 words or less) of your educational background as a .docx file.
    A 500-1000 word essay as a .docx file that you have personally written in English. Include your name, email address, and the program for which you are applying at the top left hand corner of the first page; include page numbers and your initials in the lower right hand corner of each subsequent page. Select the appropriate essay content below for the program for which you are applying:

    Ministering Servant Certificate Program applicants—Track B (Lay Brother/Lay Sister): Explain why you feel called to strive for the office of lay brother/lay sister in Church Universal and Triumphant. Please include how you currently serve others and what serving others means to you.

    All other program applicants: Describe why you would like to study at the Summit University School of Theology and Spiritual Studies. Explain what specifically interests you about the department, program, or course for which you are applying.

  4. If you are ready to apply now, click the appropriate button below to fill out your application. The application will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. Although you can save your work and come back later, we recommend that you complete the application in one setting. At the end of the application, you will be asked to pay the $100 application fee through PayPal using Visa, MasterCard or your PayPal account.
  5. Your application will automatically be submitted when you begin processing your payment. You will receive an email notification from PayPal when your payment has been processed. Applications will not be reviewed until payment is received.
  6. To begin your application, click the appropriate button below.

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If you have technical problems completing the application, go to the SU Tech Support website (https://summituniversity.org/help) to create a customer support ticket.

Instructions for Letters of Recommendation

For Summit University online programs and courses, applicants are required to have two Letters of Recommendation submitted by previous or current employers, teachers, counselors, community or group leaders, youth organization leaders or ministers from their local congregation.

Invite the individuals you have selected to fill out a confidential online recommendation form for you and give them this link: https://summituniversity.org/recommendation. The form will take them no more than 10–15 minutes to complete. To complete the form, they will need your full name and the email address that you will use for all SU course access and correspondence. The completed letters will be sent electronically to the SU registrar. You will receive an email notification when each letter has been received. Do not request that a printed copy of the form be given to you.

Request your recommendations far enough in advance so they are received by SU about the same time that you submit your application. Applications will not be reviewed without recommendation letters.

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What's Next?

Congratulations! When you have completed all the above steps, you will have submitted your application for SU online.

Applicants will be notified by email of the Review Committee’s decision regarding acceptance. Successful applicants will receive instructions on when and how to register for their courses and how to access a required introductory online course that they must review before their program starts.

Course Registration for the Upcoming Semester

Accepted applicants will be advised of registration dates.

For a schedule and descriptions of courses, see the Course Catalog. Also see Programs for a listing of which courses are required or electives. Some courses may have a minimum or maximum number of students, and courses are subject to change prior to the start of the semester. Note: Allow 9-10 hours every week to study for each 3-credit course; allow 6 hours per week for 1-credit courses over an 8-week period.

Important Dates to Remember

See the Academic Calendar page of the SU website.

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Faculty

True Teachers

At Summit University we like to say that the ascended masters are the true teachers. Their teachings are incorporated into the curriculum to provide the best possible spiritual perspective and understanding.

Instructors

Our online courses are taught by experienced SU instructors who participate in the course design process and are trained to provide excellent student guidance and support. Many instructors hold advanced degrees and/or are ordained ministers of Church Universal and Triumphant.

Justina Torres, Dean of Summit University

Justina Torres

Justina Torres studied architecture at Montana State University, earning a B.A. in Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture degree.  Her lab and teaching assistant work in college gave her an opportunity to learn about the practical application of sustainability concepts in architecture.  As part of her studies, she worked on designs for two real-world projects, including a Sherpa climbing school building in Phortse, Nepal.  During her studies, she also developed an interest in religious architecture, which culminated in her masters thesis on interfaith sacred space.

In 2010, after graduating, Justina joined the Summit University Team, where she worked as web coordinator, curriculum developer, and later the assistant director. She was promoted to Summit University Manager and Dean of the online school in 2021.  Justina’s passion for the ascended master vision for an accredited college fuels her work.

In 2016, Justina graduated from Summit University’s Ministering Servant Certificate Program.  She now serves as a Lay Sister in Church Universal and Triumphant and supports her local teaching center community near her home in Chicago.

When not at her computer, Justina loves exploring the great outdoors with her husband and son.  She enjoys traveling and participating in water activities like swimming and kayaking.  Her other passion is asking questions—so as to better understand the nature of God and the deeper mysteries of life.

Anneli Boston

Born and raised in Sweden, Anneli Boston studied theater in Sweden and London, England.  She received a diploma from Mountview Theater School and Desmond Jones School of Mime and pursued a career as a professional actor. She also studied English at Sussex University and worked as a teacher in adult education.

A teacher at heart, Anneli moved to the USA where she studied Montessori and received a diploma from the Pan American Montessori institute and worked as a Montessori teacher for over 30 years, including at Montessori International, ran her own school, wrote plays and songs for children, and worked as a Montessori teacher trainer/examiner and Kindermusik teacher.

As a Creative Director at Pegasus Business Visions, Anneli composed and produced two CD’s: “Celebrate Family”—a compilation of songs based on true stories from friends and family. She also created and presented music workshops on The Science and Power of Music.

With her love for the theater, she taught drama and directed Shakespeare plays at Thomas Moore School. As a Co-Owner of Paradise Theater Guild she is a co-writer, producer and director of theatrical productions.

Anneli is a voice and speech coach and is a lay sister of Church Universal and Triumphant.  She loves the outdoors, spending time with her two children and supporting her spiritual community in every way she can.

Karen Brewer

Karen Brewer earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.  After working for local government as a consumer education instructor, she joined Summit University Press in 1979 as a research assistant working on lectures and publications.  In 1988, she moved with her young family to Minneapolis and worked for 25 years as a legal assistant in real estate.  During these years she served on the board at the Minneapolis Teaching Center.  Her interest in music culminated in the presentation of a series of music workshops on the science of sound, music and spirituality.  Prior to legal work, she worked in the healthcare software industry as a technical writer and executive assistant.

In 2005, Karen began volunteering for Summit University as a local seminar coordinator.  In 2016, she joined Summit University as Registrar and became a lay sister in Church Universal and Triumphant. More recently, she serves as an SU Online instructor.  Together with her husband David and son Mark (the youngest of her three children and one step-daughter), she enjoys hiking the beautiful trails in Montana, traveling and being with family.

Deirdre Burrell

Rev. Deirdre J. Burrell was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  At the age of fourteen she began to travel internationally and discovered that as life had much to offer her, her true calling would be service to life. Her childhood dream was to become a missionary doctor.

Her career path has been that of an educator, trainer, police officer, television and radio personality and a holistic healthcare provider, receiving advanced degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine and numerous awards and honors of distinction for her dedicated service.  One of her greatest joys was assisting a distraught mother in saving her three-month old baby’s life over a 9-1-1 call as a 9-1-1 Chicago Police dispatcher.

She served on the Chicago Teaching Center’s Board of Trustees for eleven years, including as Co-Vice President and Co-President.

In her 27-year career as an acupuncturist, Deirdre felt the inner nudging towards the ministry and completed her ministerial training through Summit University.  Deirdre currently works as Ministerial Assistant in the office of Ministry of Church University and Triumphant.

Deirdre published two books and a journal for self-help. She and her daughter reside in Gardiner, Montana, where they enjoy photography and painting in their spare time.

Rose Gadigian

Rose Gadigian~Rose believes everyone is a leader~

Rooted in servant leadership, Rev. Rose Gadigian brings over 25 years of experience to the field of leadership and team building.

The youngest of three children she developed a love for team work and competitive sports from her two older brothers who supported her participation in high school field hockey, basketball, and tennis competitions.  After graduation from high school, she attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she earned a B.S. in Physical Education.  Following the adoption of her son, Eric, she received a M.A. in Secondary Guidance and Counseling from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

A transformative spiritual experience enriched Rose’s natural leadership, mentoring, and counseling skills.  Listening to the still small voice in her heart, she entering the ministry and became an ordained minister of Church Universal and Triumphant.

Rose has served in numerous non-profit executive leadership roles—President of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Teaching Center, Treasurer of The Community Adoption Agency and member of the Board of Directors of her church.  She is currently a member of her church’s Council of Elders.  Dedicated to the care of children, she is a volunteer with CASA, a non-profit organization dedicated to child advocacy.

From her home in rural Montana, Rose spends her leisure hours walking her Golden Doodle, Lotus, blogging, and helping others to grow professionally and spiritually.

Carla Groenewegen

Carla GroenewegenBorn and raised in Holland, Rev. Carla Groenewegen holds a Dutch doctoral degree (Drs) in Cultural Anthropology from Leiden University, with specializations in religious studies and the ethnography of Oceania.  Concurrently she explored a variety of esoteric philosophies, including Rosicrucianism and Theosophy.

Following her graduation she founded a small publishing house in Amsterdam, Amethyst Press, which she directed until immigrating to the United States.  She also worked as a free-lance translator.

She has lectured extensively on spiritual topics and conducted seminars and workshops in the USA as well as in Europe, Canada, Central and South America and Australia.   Employed in Summit University since 1990 and serving as its director 1999-2020, she developed numerous courses and co-authored two text books published by Summit University Press.  She also spearheaded the development of Summit University’s School of Theology and Spiritual Studies. In addition to teaching classes, she now serves as a consultant for the team.

Carla loves writing, hiking, kayaking and gardening and serves her church as an ordained minister.   In 2004, she became a proud new citizen of the USA.

Susan Kulp

Susan KulpRev. Susan Kulp serves as a core faculty member in the School of Theology and Spiritual Studies. She brings to Summit University Online 23 years of experience as an administrator and instructor at Summit University and years of one-on-one training with Elizabeth Clare Prophet.

Raised in a family that travelled extensively, Susan’s interests are widespread. She enjoys ministering to people of all backgrounds, and is always up for a good conversation about politics, healing, or just the practical side of life.

Susan’s passion is to assist students to connect to their inner leader and to assist Summit University to fulfill its mission of offering a unique education that is imbued with divine understanding as taught by Mark and Elizabeth Prophet and the great sages of East and West. She has led seminars and workshops in the United States and in South America and has co-authored a textbook published by Summit University Press. She currently involved in course design and facilitating online courses.

Susan holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a M.A. in Psychology/Counseling from Central Michigan University.  She is an ordained minister of Church Universal and Triumphant.

Janet Nordemann

Janet NordemannJanet Nordemann earned her BS in sociology and education and M. Ed. in elementary education.  She holds an AMS Montessori Elementary certificate, Gifted Education certificate and National Board certification.  Janet recently retired from teaching in the elementary classroom after devoting forty years to a career that she thoroughly enjoyed.

Janet now devotes her time to writing children’s stories for her church’s Sunday services, presenting webinars on educational topics, and working for Summit University.  She has an extensive background in presenting various workshops on such topics as the Montessori curriculum, Spalding Reading, accelerated learning, gifted education and comedy in the classroom.  She even had the opportunity to travel to Russia to present a workshop on the Montessori philosophy.

She is an active member of Toastmasters International.  She enjoys giving speeches and listening to others’ presentations.  She believes that everyone has a story to tell and that others can benefit from hearing it.

Janet lives in Montana with her husband.  She spends her free time writing and reading, going for walks, or watching her hometown St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  She recently discovered the thrill of downhill skiing and hopes to continue this new adventure next winter.  She is making her debut in gardening this summer and has high expectations for success.  Her greatest joy is studying the teachings of the Ascended Masters.

Patrick Rogers

Patrick Rogers

Patrick Rogers works for Summit University as a seminar coordinator and a contributing writer/editor. He holds a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University, with postgraduate work at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. He has worked in print news as a reporter for a daily newspaper, as the editor of a national health publication and as a freelance writer, with extensive published news, editorial and feature stories to his credit. He is the author of two books, Trends and Innovations in Mental Health, and the soon-to-be-released spiritual adventure trilogy. In addition, Patrick has worked in business for 25 years, most recently as a sales manager and top revenue producer for SunWize Power & Battery, a leading solar energy firm. 

Destyne Sweeney

Destyne EricksonDestyne Sweeney has a BA in Public Communications from University of Alaska Anchorage, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She has worked in the public communications arena professionally for more than 25 years producing communications for speech, print, television and online media. She grew up in Wyoming and was raised by a family that regularly supported local Toast Masters groups, which inspired her to be involved in public speaking for much of her life. Some of her topics include technology for non-techies, alternative healthcare for frail populations, spirituality and non-fiction, and humor related to senior care.

Her family always included numerous grandparents living in or near the family home. At age 21, she founded a corporation called Golden Age Care (named by her grandmother). Her team worked with pilot programs in the state and at a national level that helped prove the efficacy and financial soundness of home healthcare and early hospital discharge for seniors rather than extended hospitalizations and nursing home stays. The outcomes of this work helped insurance companies and state/federal programs progress towards authorizing coverage for home healthcare in America. She also pioneered sliding fee scales and private subsidy programs that allowed her company to serve lower income clients.

She lives in Pray, Montana, with her husband and teenage daughter (two sons having flown the coop) where they experiment with concepts of permaculture style farming. They also have a senior care cottage on the farm. She has been working and serving in senior care for 36 years.

Thomas Wilk

twilkphotoThomas Wilk is a retired automotive engineer from Ford Motor Company where he worked for 30 years in Dearborn, Michigan. He has bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and computer science from Michigan Technological University. He has a wife, Mary, and three children.

He joined the Summit University technical support team when its online academic courses were launched in 2013 and became an instructor in 2016. He has been active with The Summit Lighthouse for more than 30 years and during that time he has participated in all forms of outreach.

His hobbies are science and technology—following new inventions coming on the scene. Science fiction, of course, is also a favorite. He is a Star Wars and a Star Trek fan. He is also interested in alternative forms of medicine like foot reflexology, homeopathy, and the macrobiotic diet, and is a health kinesiology practitioner.

Candice Vann

Devoted to nurturing the body, mind and spirit as a lifetime pursuit, Candice is passionate about educating and helping others to achieve wholeness.  She holds a BA in Nutritional Sciences with a minor degree in psychology from The Evergreen State College. As a Registered Dietitian, Certified Lactation Counselor and Licensed Nutritionist, she integrates functional medicine and holistic healing.

Living in Bozeman, Montana, Candice has a wonderful husband and two amazing sons. Their home is dedicated to spiritual enrichment and a healthy lifestyle. Candice enjoys an active life that includes sharing time with her family, physical fitness, gardening, studying, engaging in spiritual practices and helping her local community.

Candice’s lifelong passions naturally drew her to working as the Family and Youth Team Leader at The Summit Lighthouse. Excited to be a part of this team and organization, she focuses on heart-to-heart connections, parent education and support and creating spiritual resources for children and youth. Several times a year, the team plans and orchestrates events, including workshops, webinars, teen retreats as well as day camps for children. Two Summit University online courses were developed and are being taught by their team: Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture and Foundations of Family Ministry.

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