The Center for Ordination & Local Church Ministry


Rev Dr. Steve Van Ostran 

Core Faculty for ABCUSA History & Polity 

serves as the Center Director and has

assembled a highly qualified Visiting Faculty, including:

Rev. Dr. Mike Oldham

Rev. Dr. Larron Jackson

Northwind Insitute offers Online Theological Education

Our courses are recognized as meeting the ordination requirements of several ABC-USA Regions and Paragon Christian Alliance International (PCAI).


Clergy from ABCRM should select: "ABCRM Ordination Courses"

Clergy who are members of the Ministers Council should select:  "Ministers Council ABCUSA Courses"

Clergy from other ABC-USA Regions should select:  "Ordination Courses"

Clergy seeking PCAI Ordination should select "Ordination Courses"

After completing all required courses, students may transfer credits toward a BA Degree Completion or a Master of Ministry degree from NorthwindTheological Seminary. 

American Baptist Churches- USA

Northwind Institute and the Rocky Mountain Region of ABC-USA have entered into an agreement to provide foundational educational experiences for church leaders that enables them to develop a level of pragmatic competence in key ministry areas in order that they will minister more effectively in their congregations.


Students from the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains should use the ABCRM Courses button to receive special pricing reflecting partial scholarships.

Members of the Ministers Council ABCUSA should use the

MC ABCUSA Button to receive special pricing reflecting partial scholarships.

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Paragon Christian Alliance International

Northwind Institute courses meet the ordination requirements of Paragon Christian Alliance International (PCIA)

PCIA is officially and legally recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) and holds a “Group Status” in which it has been given the authority by the IRS to issue the 501(c)(3) to qualified religious organizations referred to as “subordinates.” Each ministry (subordinate) is autonomous and sovereign operated by its’ own governing board.

PCAI was organized and chartered in 1976 under the name “Christian Ministries” – a local non-denominational religious organization in Monroe, Louisiana. In 1988, the leadership with over forty years of ministry experience, met to discuss a fresh vision for soul winning, evangelism, church planting, missions, and Christian education.  During this meeting they expanded the organization nationally and internationally under the name of Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies. In 2011 the primary legal name was changed to PARAGON CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL, INC. to better express the vision and purpose of the ministry maintaining the former name as a tradename. 



Theological Seminary

Northwind has expanded its ministry by forming a theological seminary.

The purpose of the seminary is to offer  pastors who received their ordination without a MDiv a pathway to an earned Master's Degree.

The majority of new pastors are entering ministry in alternate or non-tradional ordination programs.

Traditional seminary degrees are out of reach for the majority of these pastors. Northwind offers an alternative online educational experience.

Transfer your completed certificate courses and earn a Master of Ministry Degree.