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Southeast Asian Lay Training Program

In cooperation with Rev. Dr. James Oudom and the Southeast Asian Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, Georgia


Date: To Be Determined

Time: Varies daily

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

Cost: To Be Determined

The registration fee covers all meals, a double occupancy room at Austin Seminary, and other needs for training. Registration is non-refundable after May 20. Additional information will be provided upon receipt of your completed registration. Food will be prepared by all students, with all living like real family in Christ for the week! Although students may commute, they are encouraged to stay in campus housing.

Registration coming soon.


About the Program

The Southeast Asian Lay Training program was created to offer leaders in Southeast Asian congregations training and education at a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The General Assembly’s National Laotian Presbyterian Council initiated the program under the direction of the Rev. Dr. James Oudom. Through the training, key congregational leaders are educated in basic Presbyterian doctrine and practice as prescribed for Commissioned Ruling Elders in the Book of Order, thereby providing means for Southeast Asian congregations to celebrate the sacraments of the Lord and enrich their faith through teachings in their own language.

The training, directed and overseen by the Rev. Dr. Oudom, includes six core courses taught over the course of three summers. Students receive 1.5 continuing education or certificate credits for each course of study.  Students who successfully complete the six basic courses earn a certificate to show that they have received adequate education in the areas required for the duties of a Commissioned Ruling Elder in his/her congregation.

Austin Seminary, through the office of Education Beyond the Walls, coordinates the faculty and the setting for the annual training, now in its twenty-first year. 


Course Descriptions

“Exile and Return in Isaiah 40-55” taught by Rev. Dr. Gregory Cuellar

The primary focus of this course is to engage in a close reading of Isaiah 40-55, emphasizing the themes of exile and return. Alongside examining the nature of Hebrew prophecy, this course also seeks to offer and overview of the various critical methods for interpreting prophetic texts.  – Rev. Dr. Cuéllar

“The Power of Story” taught by Rev. Dr. Beverly J. Jones

This course will examine story as a primary way we grow in self-understanding and in our formation for faith. Students will engage Biblical stories, stories of church, and their own life stories as powerful means for responding to God’s call in their lives and for sharing their faith with others.  – Rev. Dr. Jones


Sunday, TBD

7:00 pm      Gathering and Introduction to the Courses

Monday – Friday, TBD

7:00-7:30 am       Devotion

8:00 am               Breakfast

9:00-11:30 am      First Course

12:00-1:00 pm      Lunch

1:30-4:00 pm       Second Course

6:30 pm               Dinner

On Friday, the Second Course ends at 3:00 pm.

About the Presenters

Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones

The Rev. Dr. Beverly J. Jones serves as University Chaplain at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and has taught regularly at Austin Seminary for the MDiv and DMin programs. She received her Ph.D. in Theology and Personality (emphasis in Religious Education) and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She especially loves the intersections of faith and learning, appreciating that our faith grows with knowledge and our knowledge becomes meaningful as we put our trust in God and God’s love for us and for the world.

Rev. Dr. Gregory Cuéllar

Dr. Cuéllar has a wide range of teaching experience, both as a professor and a pastor. As a scholar, he has had international exposure from Latin America to Europe. His research focuses on emerging theories of Biblical Interpretation.

His most recent book is Voices of Marginality: Exile and Return in Second Isaiah 40-55 and the Mexican Immigrant Experience (Peter Lang Publ., 2008). His forthcoming book is Archival Criticism: The Interrogation of Contexts and Texts in Early Modern Biblical Criticism.

For More Information: 

Contact Rev. Dr. Oudom

Office: 706-778-2822

Cell: 706-969-2888 

E-mail: joudom@corfpc.org 

or: c/o Rev. Dr. James Oudom 

PO Box 165 

Cornelia, GA 30531



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