The Forma Certificate Program is designed for those who are actively engaged in the practice of youth, children’s and/or family ministry and feel called to deepen their own understanding of the practice of that ministry. This hybrid program is designed to provide an overview of core biblical, theological, Episcopal, and practical knowledge that will be applied directly to the ministry in the student’s context. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, the certificate program offers an opportunity to engage with colleagues around the country online and in person throughout your vocation in the church.
Note: For the remainder of 2020, the certificate in children’s and youth ministries program has been put on hiatus. The Episcopal Church Foundation, the Forma Council, the certificate faculty, and the Office of Lifelong Formation will consider options for a 2021 certificate program. Click here for more information.
Lisa Perez, Youth Minister Lisa Perez and Director of Family Ministries Catherine LaGrone of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas are two recent graduates of the certificate program. They share, “The Forma certificate program gave us concrete tools for evaluating and enhancing our current offerings and sparked ideas for new endeavors. One of the greatest benefits of this program was becoming a team with the other lay formation ministers and the faculty. Our relationships have lasted long after the program’s end and our cohort continues to be a place to share ideas and receive feedback. For us, participating in this program as ministry partners has especially heightened the impact for our ministries. We are grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow!”
Meet the Faculty
Randall is the Ministry Developer for Young Adult and Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Arkansas. He is the coordinator of the Certificate Ministry Program handling the application process, online platforms, and is the faculty member who focus on ministry development. Randall has over 20 years of experience in Episcopal youth ministry working at churches in West Missouri, North Carolina, and West Tennessee. He served as the Forma president 2012-2014.
An educator for most of her life -- a perspicacious 1st grade teacher had her coaching others when she was 6 -- Victoria Garvey has a passion for learning and teaching, and unsurprisingly, for the Church. In her professional career she has taught at nearly every level from 2nd graders through graduate school, but she has spent most of that teaching time at one of our seminaries [Seabury-Western in Evanston, IL] where she taught biblical languages and biblical theology, her doctoral area. Most recently, those passions for learning/teaching/Church were fed in her position as Bishop’s Associate for Lifelong Christian Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago where she even got paid for doing what she loves. These days, she serves on two faculties for the wider church, consults with a couple of dioceses concerning congregational vitality and she continues to speak locally, nationally and occasionally, internationally, facilitates workshops, leads retreats and in her spare time, serves the wider church as board member and committee member of several churchwide commissions and here at home as four-time deputy to General Convention.
Jenifer serves as Associate Rector and Day School Chaplain at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, where she shares her love for Jesus and invites all people to life in Christ. Mother of two adult children, Jenifer and her husband, Ed, share a home with a feisty West Highland Terrier. She is the author of several book including My Faith, My Life, Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People, and Common Prayer for Children in Families. In her free time, she leads evensong at the Washington National Cathedral, reads, and walks city streets in search of friendly dog parks.
Meredith is Director of Youth Ministry, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Greensboro, North Carolina. She specializes in building “Volunteer Hearts.” By leading youth through volunteer/leadership programs, she walks with them on their spiritual journey as they create a foundation that finds great joy and peace in serving others, living as Christ lived.
Leads annual pilgrimage for both youth and adults, Camino de Santiago, Spain & St. Cuthbert’s Way, Scotland, as well as annual mission trip,Glory Ridge, providing unique experiences to love the gift of the present and to strengthen spiritual formation.While serving others and making work worship.
Mother to son Jack (15) and daughter, Grace (13) and to multiple youth members in the EYC program, ranging in age from 10 to 18. Wife of the wonderful J. Scott, married 21 years. Caretaker for two precious Boston Terriers, Bruno and Daisy. Loves to travel, paint, read and spend time with family and friends. She owns MBScott Fine Art, painting in mixed mediums, specializing in angels. She is a life-long learner open to discovery and adventure through spiritual journey and conscious appreciation of God's gift of life.
Jamie is a formation consultant currently partnering with Episcopal Relief and Development on the ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE church-wide campaign which is helping thousands of children reach their God-given potential to learn, grow, and thrive. She facilitates Gathering of Leaders and serves churches throughout the country reviewing and in particularly now, restarting and reimaging formation ministries. Jamie teaches the children and family track of the certificate, has been a fifteen-year supporter of Forma, and served as the president 2015-2017. Previously, she served as the Missioner of Lifelong Christian Formation for the Diocese of Texas 2011-2020. Before joining the diocese, she led the children’s and family ministries at St. Martin’s, Houston and St. Bartholomew’s, New York. In addition to graduating from EfM, Jamie holds a M.S. Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. She lives in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband Rocco and Shi-Poo Frankie, and is stepmom to two amazing millennials.