Our Mission

The mission of the Institute for Christian Studies is to provide adult Christian education and training for interested lay persons, aspirants to the vocational diaconate, and clergy seeking continuing education.

aldayFrom the Dean’s Office,

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ!
Welcome to the Institute for Christian Studies! You have entered a wonderful world of opportunity for gaining knowledge and insight, friends and fellowship, a deepened faith in our Lord.
We are looking forward to a great year. Interest and enthusiasm for the school continues to grow among students, faculty, and prospective students.
Our curriculum includes wide variety of courses designed for both lay persons and clergy.


I invite you to read carefully, choose a course, or courses, to attend and join us on the adventure that is ICS. You may attend courses online as well as live.


Home groups, Sunday school classes, bible study groups and individuals are encouraged to take advantage of the online learning option.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (407) 423-3567 x303, (800) 299-3567 x303 or via e-mail at kalday@cfdiocese.org. I welcome your inquiries.


For more information, specifically about the Episcopal Church here in Central Florida, visit the Diocesan website: cfdiocese.org or via email at ics@cfdiocese.org or kalday@cfdiocese.org.

ICS is for anyone seeking to learn and grow in their faith. All are welcome! Won’t you consider joining the ICS community?

In His Service,
Kristen N. Alday, Dean


The ICS Story

The Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) was formed in the late 1970s as a response to the Faith Alive movement. Through Faith Alive thousands of adults were experiencing a deepening relationship with Christ and were hungry to grow in their faith walk. They wanted more high quality, in-depth Christian education. ICS became a resource that busy adults could turn to for more Bible training.

In the late 1980s the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida asked ICS to help train their deacons and prepare them for the ordination process. ICS expanded to offer coursework that could be used specifically for this purpose.

Today, ICS offers a wide range of live and online adult Christian formation and education. We have a specific track just for those preparing for ordination as a deacon in the Anglican Episcopal church. In addition, ICS offers anyone who wants to grow deeper in their walk with God, the opportunity to get the training they seek.

ICS is perfect for someone who wants perhaps more than what they might get from a local church Bible study or small group, but isn’t ready or able to attend seminary. Housewives, business leaders, young adults, and senior adults, have all experienced a rich, rewarding, and deepening faith and experience by taking ICS online courses.


We are blessed with a depth and breadth of highly credentialed and faithful instructors who are eager to share their knowledge. ICS continues to be committed to preparing leaders, lay and ordained, through the highest quality of education, fellowship, and worship.



aldayALDAY, Kristen N., Archdeacon, Diocese of Central Florida; Dean of ICS; BA, Rollins College; MA, Asbury Theological Seminary; Diploma, Institute for Christian Studies


holtHOLT, Brooke E., Owner of Cross Train, LLC; Certified USA Triathlon Coach; Certified USA Track and Field Coach; Certified Health Coach with Take Shape for Life; MABS, Reformed Theological Seminary (5 hours pending)

morrisMORRIS, Danielle, Reverend; AA, Andrew Junior College; BA, Rollins College; MDiv, University of the South; Diploma, Institute for Christian Studies


bartleBARTLE, Edward B., Reverend; BS, Rollins College; MS, Rollins College; MATS, Nashotah House

holt2HOLT, Charles L., Rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lake Mary; BA, University of Florida; MDiv, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary; Trained Mediator, Peacemaker Ministries and Institute of Christian Conciliation

newhartNEWHART, David, Rector, St. Elizabeth’s Church, Sebastian; BS, Arizona State University; MDiv, Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry


BRATHWAITEBRATHWAITE, Christopher E., Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Haines City; BS, University of Phoenix; MATS, Asbury Theological Seminary; Diploma, Institute for Christian Studies

kiddKIDD, Reggie M., Acting Dean, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando; Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando; BA, The College of William & Mary; MAR & MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; PhD, Duke University

petiprinPETIPRIN, Andrew K., Rector, St. Mary of the Angels Episcopal Church, Orlando; BA, University of Pittsburgh; MPhil, Oxford University; MDiv, Yale Divinity School


clarkCLARK, Anthony, Reverend; BA, Stetson University; MDiv, Virginia Theological Seminary

mccarthyMCCARTHY, Kevin W., Chief Leadership Officer, On-Purpose Partners; Author, The On-Purpose Person and On-Purpose Peace; BS, Lehigh University; MBA, The Darden School at the University of Virginia

rutherfordRUTHERFORD, Tom, Rector, Church of the Messiah, Winter Garden; BS, Middle Tennessee State University; MDiv, University of the South

millerMILLER, Debbie, LMHC, Certified Daring Way Facilitator and Consultant, Founder and Lead Therapist, Daring Soul Care, Orlando; BS, University of Maryland University; MA, Reformed Theological Seminary; Coursework Completed, The King’s Seminary; Pursuing DMin, Graduate Theological Foundation

sparksSPARKS, Noy L., Priest-In-Charge, Christ Church, Longwood; Professor of Humanities, Valencia College, Orlando; BA, The Criswell College; MATS, Reformed Theological Seminary


FRENCH, Jonathan D., Rector, Grace Church, Ocala; BA, University of Florida; MDiv, University of the South



sueruthSUERETH, Julia C., Mental Health Counselor Registered Intern, IMHC 6809; BS, New York University; MA, Asbury Theological Seminary

walkerWALKER, D. Scott, Rector, St. Agnes Church, Sebring; BA, Southern Methodist University; MS, Baylor University Graduate School; MBA, Baylor University Graduate School; MA, Nashotah House Theological Seminary

HolocombHOLCOMB, Justin S., Canon for Vocations, Diocese of Central Florida; Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; BA, Southern University; MA (Theological Studies) and MA (Christian Thought), Reformed Theological Seminary; PhD, Emory University


SORVILLO, James A., Rector, Church of the Ascension, Orlando; BA, University of Central Florida (Psychology); M.Div , The University of the South; D. Min., The University of the South



WILLIAMS, Thomas, Deacon, Church of Our Savior, Palm Bay; AAS, Monroe Community College; AB, Morehead State University; MA, St. Bernard’s Institute


DAVIS, Jon., Executive Director, Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center, Oviedo;  BA, Berry College (Religion and Philosophy); M.Div , Reformed Theological Seminary; Anglican Studies Diploma, Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA; PhD, Graduate Theological Foundation


De la CRUZ, Luis, Spanish Missioner, St. Johns Episcopal Church, Kissimmee


GOODRIDGE, Rob, Rector, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Titusville; Asbury Theological Seminary; M.Div. The School of Theology, University of the South in Sewanee, TN.



The Ven. Kristen N. Alday, Dean

Ms. Winsome Latty, Institute Administrator

The Rev. David Newhart, Commission Chairman

The Rev. Nancy Kline, Deacon, Secretary

The Right Reverend Gregory O. Brewer, Ex Officio Member

The Rev. Edward Bartle

The Rev. Rick Burhans

Mrs. Tracy Cheek

The Rev. Michael Matheny, Deacon

The Rev. Danielle D. Morris

The Rev. John Motis

The Rev. Dr. Edward Weiss