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Presentation on School of Theology and Spiritual Studies programs

On March 30, 2013, Rev. Carla Groenewegen, Director of Summit University, gave a brief presentation unveiling the new SU online School of Theology and Spiritual Studies.  Watch the replay here.

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General Program Information

Post-Secondary Certificate Programs

Summit University® Online is a post-secondary certificate-granting institution. It confers non-degree certificates, not academic degrees. Upon successful completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion for the program(s) in which they have enrolled.

Current Programs

Our programs are organized and conducted by Summit University’s School of Theology and Spiritual Studies, and they take place almost entirely online.

Current offerings include certificate programs in Ministerial Studies, Leadership Studies, and General Studies. Students may also take individual General Studies courses for credit or for audit.

Please be aware that curriculum and courses are subject to modification. Summit University reserves the right to change them without prior notification.

Credits and Course Load

 Effective December 1, 2015

Current certification programs require 18 credits of study. Courses are delivered based on a part-time study schedule; full-time options are not currently available.

Students who wish to complete their program in three semesters should take an average of six credits a semester. To maintain a balanced pace and course load, all students are encouraged to complete a minimum of two to four credits in their first semester and to maintain that minimum throughout their program. However, if students encounter personal circumstances that require them to slow their SU online pace, they may request in writing the option of taking just one or two credits or taking a semester sabbatical.

Absence from Program

Effective December 1, 2015

Students in all certificate programs or taking individual courses for credit who do not complete any course credits in six semesters (three years) are required to submit an essay explaining their absence and why they are now ready to continue their SU program studies. They may also be asked to speak with an SU representative.

After an absence of 10 semesters (five years), students will be required to reapply if they wish to resume their certificate program. All credits earned within the past 10 years will be honored.

After 20 semesters (10 years) from date of the completion of a credit, the credit will expire if the student’s program has not been completed. Any course(s) taken 10 years ago would need to be retaken.

Audit students are not required to complete a certificate program and do not earn any credits that might expire. Therefore the above Absence from Program timelines and polices do not apply to audit students.

Accreditation

Although Summit University is exploring accreditation and will pursue this goal as the online school develops, SU is not yet accredited.

Transfer of Credit

The goal of the School of Theology and Spiritual Studies is to offer programs for those who would like to prepare for the ministry or serve in spiritual leadership or community developer roles in their local communities. Acceptance for transfer of course credits to other schools is determined by the receiving institution.

Placement Services

Summit University does not offer placement services for graduates or enrolled students. We do not guarantee service opportunities, employment, occupational advancement, salary or benefits.

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Our Philosophy – REAL useful education

Our philosophy is to impart real, useful education. Summit University embodies relevant, enlightening, advanced learning for those interested in pursuing spiritual understanding braided with secular knowledge.

R – Relevant

Why spend five or six years – and tens of thousands of dollars – pursuing an academic education that does little more than pass you on, cookie-cut, to a world that seems to care for not much else than preserving the status quo? At SU we believe that each soul is born with a fiery mission, a unique purpose that is indispensable for making our planet a better place for all. Your mission is a precious gift that you alone can embrace and let blossom. Our programs are designed to help you unlock the unique you-ness that, when equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, will set the world around you on fire.

E – Enlightening

Educating the mind alone is not enough. You have deeper, wiser faculties, vaster reaches into the realm of intuitive, heart-centered understanding. At SU we educate the whole human being; we aim to help you integrate with your higher mind, which is the true source of understanding and enlightenment. We bring you a holistic experience that helps you pursue profound self-knowledge and self-transformation, chiseling your character and shaping you for the positive impact you know in your heart you would like to make on the world.

A – Advanced

We are not satisfied with teaching you what you can get at any other institution of learning. Rather, your education will straddle the world of the known and the world that lies just beyond  the frontier between science and spirituality. We firmly believe that there is more betwixt heaven and earth than men dream of in their philosophy. Life in all its fullness is beckoning you to dive in and saturate yourself with an enlightened understanding of our native universe.

L – Learning

Here at SU we think of learning as threefold. First of all, our learning is informative: you need the facts as well as the ability to interpret them correctly and use them intelligently to attain your purpose. Our learning is formative: it offers you lots of opportunities to strengthen and sculpt your character into what you want it to be, and gives you the skills you need to go out and be that unique you. Our learning is transformative: you’ll reach new depths of self-understanding, purpose and the true, spirit-centered ability to make a real difference in the world.

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A Unique Learning Experience

In Summit University Online, we approach the evaluation of student learning from a threefold perspective. We want our students’ learning to be Informative (acquiring knowledge and skills), Formative (forming or strengthening one’s character, worldview and ethics), and Transformative (helping our students grow spiritually, including deepening and strengthening the tie with their Higher Self).

This I.F.T. formula is built into every course, in different proportions relative to the nature of the subject matter. It will make your learning experience truly invaluable and unique.

Assessment and Evaluation

Summit University assesses student work through fair and impartial evaluation. Student work may include written assignments, projects, discussion forums, practicums, self-assessments, journaling, and exercises as well as mentorships and Intensives where appropriate.

  • Written assignments and midterm/final projects are evaluated on a grading scale where 93-100=A.
  • Experience-based components, such as practicums and self-assessments, are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.
  • Students receive their grades via private grade report in Moodle.
  • Discussion forum requirements are set by individual instructors. Please contact your instructor regarding participation requirements.
  • Students who are not participating in a timely manner are notified electronically that they need to catch up.
  • Certification students who do not maintain the necessary grade point average are contacted by the Registrar.
  • Requests for late submission of assignments must be negotiated with the instructor. Late work is discouraged and may be lowered one grade.
  • Students who attend Intensives are evaluated on attendance, participation in group conversations, written exams and assignments.

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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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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: August 17 – December 13, 2021

Session 1: August 17 – October 11, 2021
Fall Break Week: October 12 – 18, 2021
Session 2: October 19 – December 13, 2021

Course Schedule Overview

The following chart shows the courses that will be offered during Fall Semester 2021.  (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.

Fall Semester 2021

April 26 Registration begins for Fall Semester 2021 Session 1, 2-credit and 3-credit classes
June 29-July 4 Freedom Conference 2021
July 6-9 SU Summer Seminar
July 12 Last day to submit online SU applications for Fall Semester 2021
August 5 Last day of registration for Fall Semester 2021 Session 1, 2-credit and 3-credit classes
Aug. 6-12 Late registration for Fall 2021 (fees apply)
August 17 Classes begin for Fall Semester 2021
August 24 –
September 13
Deferral period for Fall Semester Session 1, 2-credit and 3-credit classes
August 31 Registration opens for Session 2
September 6 SU Offices Closed (Labor Day holiday)
October 4 Last day to register for Session 2 classes
Oct. 5-11 Late registration for Session 2 (fees apply)
Oct. 12-18 Fall Semester 2021 Break Week
October 19 First day of classes for Session 2
October 26 –
November 15
Deferral period for Session 2 classes
November 22 Registration begins for Spring Semester 2022
Nov. 25-26 SU Office Closed (Thanksgiving holiday)
Dec. 13 Last day of Fall Semester 2021 classes
Dec. 14-Jan. 10 Winter Break

*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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