Board of Ordained Ministry

Course of Study

Course StudyFor Part-Time Local Pastors

The Course of Study School offered by the North Texas Conference is an extension of the Perkins School of Theology Course of Study at Southern Methodist University. These NTC courses are for Part-Time Local Pastors of the United Methodist Church, which are also available at Perkins.


Full-Time Local Pastors, with unusual circumstances, yet desiring to attend the Extension COSS must first seek the approval of their District Superintendent and District Committee on Ministry, which will forward the request to the Local Pastor Registrar (Duane VanGiesen) for consideration. He will then send the “Exception” request to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Division of Ministry in Nashville, which makes the final decision.

Minimum Requirements

Part-Time Local Pastors are required to take a minimum of two courses each year until all 20 courses have been completed. Ten courses are being offered this year through the North Texas Conference Extension School.


The cost is $100 per course for North Texas Conference students and $200 per course for students from other conferences. Advance payment of the fee before the class begins is preferred, and no later than the first class.


Dr. Marsha Engle Middleton is the Director of Local Pastor Education, which is a part of the Board of Ordained Ministry. She serves as pastor of The Colony First United Methodist Church

Dr. Marsha Engle Middleton
The Colony First United Methodist Church
4901 Paige Drive
The Colony, TX 75056
Phone: 972-625-1281

Rev. Duane VanGiesen, Board of Ministry Officer, is Registrar for the school.

Rev. Duane VanGiesen
P.O. Box 866128
Plano, TX, 75086-6128
Phone: 972-526-5046
Fax: 972-526-5047


Please complete the online registration form indicating the courses for which you wish to register. Specific course information is available by contacting the instructor(s).

Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you following the receipt of your registration.  You will also receive a confirmation email when your registration is approved by your District Superintendent and by your Local Pastor Registrar.

If you have questions please contact Janet Thompson ( or 972-526-5070).