Appalachian Ministries Educational Resources Center (AMERC)
The Seminary is a member of the AMERC (Appalachian Ministries Educational Resources Center) consortium. AMERC provides specialized training for students preparing for ministry in Appalachian or similar settings, with particular attention to small rural congregations. Through three courses, on in January and two in the summer, AMERC provides students an opportunity to learn about the Appalachian region, its people and history, its culture and religion, and its needs and issues for ministry. Students study models of ministry now in use and those expected to be more effective in the future.
Disaster Response Teams
The PTS Disaster Response Team (DRT) consists of quick response teams to provide physical assistance and emotional/spiritual guidance in emergency situations. It consists of faculty, staff, and students who have undergone specialized training from the Chaplains Commission Staff. Participants are selected from a volunteer pool, trained in stress management, undergo disaster debriefing, and receive emergency assistance training. They receive one (1) hour graduate credit for participation in disaster Care Ministry. The DRT is under supervision of a Seminary committee that works closely with People for Care and Learning directed by Dr. Fred Garmon. Members of the Seminary Committee are: Drs. Herbert Frazier, Anthony Lombard, and Welton Wriston.
For information and participation, contact anyone on the DRT committee (423/478-1131 or 800/228-9126) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.