Stanton Center for Ministry Formation
The Stanton Center is a ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, serving students both here and across the Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion. Our classes currently offered online only due to the pandemic and are designed to meet the needs of students seeking:
o Ordination to the diaconate
o To serve as lay catechists, evangelists, or in other positions of lay leadership
o To grow as disciples by learning more about Christian faith, spirituality, and life
Stanton Center classes are open to all. We have a diverse learning community, and in-person students enjoy fellowship in small classes, worship, shared meals, and an annual fall retreat. Our online students participate via Canvas and Zoom, with opportunities for group discussion and instructor feedback. Most in-person classes are held at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX, 75204.
Our instructors are experienced clergy and published scholars, including, of course, the Rt. Rev. James Stanton, VI Bishop of Dallas; Dr. Christopher Wells, Executive Director, The Living Church Foundation; Carrie Headington, Canon Evangelist for EDOD; the Rt. Rev. Michael Smith, Assisting Bishop of Dallas; and the Rev. Dr. Victor Lee Austin. The Stanton Center also offers courses in Spanish, taught by the Rev. Ernest Buchanan.
In our classes, you can learn more about the Bible, Christian doctrine, Christian ethics, The Book of Common Prayer, homiletics, prayer and spiritual disciplines, church history, diaconal theology, evangelism, pastoral ministry, and more.
We are joyfully committed to the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3), to the Holy Scriptures as the “revealed Word of God,” “the rule and ultimate standard of faith” (Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral), and to the Great Tradition of historic Christian orthodoxy as we have received it in our Anglican heritage, both catholic and evangelical. Our faith commitments are those of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and of the Communion Partners, a fellowship of orthodox Anglicans in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada. You can learn more about us by exploring this website, which includes our course catalog, our faculty and administration, registration info, and a growing library of resources for parish use. We welcome you to learn and grow with us, in Christ’s name!
The Stanton Center serves the Diocese of Dallas by providing:
o a variety of courses in theology and spirituality, designed to meet the needs of all Christians who desire to grow and mature in their discipleship.
o diploma programs for lay leaders in our parishes with concentrations in the areas of Evangelism and Catechesis.
o education and preparation for individuals seeking ordination to the Diaconate in the Diocese of Dallas.
o continuing education and seminars for clergy and lay leaders.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
We are joyfully committed to the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3), to the Holy Scriptures as the “revealed Word of God,” “the rule and ultimate standard of faith” (Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral), and to the Great Tradition of historic Christian orthodoxy as we have received it in our Anglican heritage, both catholic and evangelical. Our faith and ecclesial commitments are those of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and of the Communion Partners, a fellowship of orthodox Anglicans in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada.
The Rev. Dr. Canon Jordan Hylden, Dean –
Canon Hylden is Canon Theologian and Vocations Director for the Diocese of Dallas, as well as Dean of the Stanton Center for Ministry. His Th.D. dissertation focused on democracy and authority in the work of Yves Simon, and he has previously taught at Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary and St. Louis University.
o A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
o M.Div., Duke University, Durham, NC
o Th.D., Duke University, Durham, NC
Laura Faulkner, Administrator –
- The Rt. Rev. James Stanton (Old Testament, New Testament)
- The Rev. Cn. Dr. Victor Austin (Ethics)
- The Rev. Dr. Ernest Buchanan (Introducción a la Vida Cristiana - Teología Espiritual, Introducción al Ministerio Cristiano/Libro de Oración Común, Antiguo Testamento)
- The Rev. Michael Gilton (Homiletics)
- The Rev. Andrew Grosso (Introduction to Christian Theology)
- Cn. Carrie Boren Headington (Evangelism)
- The Rev. Kathy Heitmann (Pastoral Ministry)
- The Rev. Dr. Calvin Lane (Church History)
- The Rev. Diana Luck (Diaconal Theology/Liturgical Role)
- The Rev. Cn. Neal Michell (Introduction to Christian Ministry/BCP)
- The Rt. Rev. Michael Smith (Spiritual Theology)
- Ms. Patricia Mackey Stone (Spiritual Theology)
- Dr. Christopher Wells (Anglican History)
Classes at the Stanton Center are held one weekend each month, on the third Saturday of the month. Fall courses begin August 21, 2021.
Full-year classes: August through May.
Half-year classes: (FALL) August through December, (SPRING) January through May.
The academic calendar for 2021-2022 may be found on page 16 of the Stanton Center Catalog.
8:00 – 11:00am – Morning classes
1:00 – 4:00pm – Afternoon classes
4:00 – 7:00pm – Late afternoon classes
To register for a class at the Stanton Center, fill out and submit an application for admission and a class registration form found at the links above. We will contact you regarding your application and fees as soon as we receive your forms. Registrations are taken until the first day of class: August 15, 2020 for this fall semester.
Tuition costs are the same whether a course is taken in-person or via an online learning platform. Registration fees and tuition are due August 1, 2021.
Please note that while a course may be listed in the course catalog, we typically will only offer a course if at least five students sign up to take it in a given semester. Feel free to inquire about any course in which you are interested.
Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $25 before August 1, $50 after August 1.
Tuition full-year class: $400 (credit), $300 (audit)
Tuition ½year class: $200 (credit), $150 (audit)
Tuition is payable by check made to The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas -- mail to: The Stanton Center, c/o The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, 5100 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX, 75206
The Rev. Canon Dr. Jordan Hylden, Dean:
Laura Faulkner, Administrator: