**We are looking to do a "One Day" soft launch of the new "South Jersery Discipleship School" on Saturday, October 12, 2024... with a hard launch coming in January 2025. Be on the lookout for more details!**


To Equip current and potential future lay leaders from multiple South Jersey churches to be Christlike disciple-making apprentices of Jesus.


To facilitate diligent growth and learning in Christlikeness for Jesus’ disciples in an equipping and sending school for the South Jersey region and beyond.


  • The Discipleship School of South Jersey (DSSJ) is an equipping and sending school, focused on facilitating diligent growth and learning of Jesus' disciples.
  • We have a three-pronged approach:
    • truth anchored to the Bible;
    • a gathering place for authentic, loving community to develop;
    • and a culture of practice of the Word where truth shapes our beliefs and behaviors - life on life.
  • The school is scheduled to meet once a month on a Saturday (after the initial "One-Day" Intro in the Fall of 2024) in a large in-person group setting where teachers from regional church bodies in a collaborative effort with the DSSJ vision and mission, will facilitate a year-long syllabus.
  • In addition, students will be assigned a small group to practice biblical truth and steward community together throughout each month. 
  • We believe the Lord will enable the school to build up His church in South Jersey which will also result in many more lost people coming to new life in Christ. 


  • Anchored in Biblical Truth     (Hebrews 4:12)
  • Culture of Practice                   (James 1:22)
  • Authentic Community             (John 17, Acts 4:32)
  • Boldness & Courage               (Acts 4:29)
  • Innovation & Compassion      (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Rest Found                              (Matthew 11:27, Psalm 23:5)
  • Large & Small Grp Approach (Matthew 5:1, 10:1, Acts 2:42-47)   
  • Cross-Generational                 (Psalm 79:13)



Date Session 1: Content Session 2: Spir Formation Session 3: Application
10/12 or 9/28 Jesus: Who is He? Our Identity in Christ Devotional Life
1/11 God the Father (Pentateuch) Holy Love of God & Family Wounds ISB/Hermeneutics 101
2/8 Theology (Romans) Repentance Stewardship of Time, Talent, Treasure (body?)
3/8 OT Survey 1 Voice of God, Listening Prayer Calling and Character
4/12 People of God Forgiveness Shepherding Care/Body Care/Soul Care
5/10 OT Survey 2 Fears Evangelism & Mission
6/14 NT Survey One-Anothers Disciplemaking
9/13 Life of Christ Spiritual Rhythms/Habits/Disciplines Teaching
10/11 Holy Spirit Deliverance Gifts for Mission
11/8 People of God 2 Putting it Together Leadership & Authority



Rev. Doyle DeGraw

Doyle DeGraw is the pastor of Trinity Christian Chapel in Sewell, NJ. Experienced Pastor with a demonstrated history of working in the religious institutions industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Relationship Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Private Schools, and Pastoral Counseling. Strong community and social services professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in Counseling from Cornerstone University. Doyle is an experienced, licensed Mental Health Professional. Conveniently located, Doyle specializes in coping skills, marital and premarital issues, and Trauma and PTSD.  

Rev. Gary Schmidt, D.Min. 

Pastor Gary received his formal theological training at The Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia earning a Masters of Divinity in 1986. He served as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Alliance Church, Pomona, New Jersey between 1984 and 1986. He was ordained to Christian Ministry on June 11, 1987 by the Metropolitan District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  Together with his wife as  missionary candidates they planted Grace Community Church where they still serve. Pastor Gary has served on the District Executive Committee and Licensing and Ordination Committee for the Metropolitan District for many years. Pastor Gary received his Doctor of Ministries, Christian Leadership in the Global Context, in 2019 from the Alliance Theological Seminary. 

Rev. Erik P. Vagen

Pastor Erik P. Vagen has a strong passion for outreach and equipping all people to use their God-given talents for serving others in South Jersey and around the world. Erik graduated from The College of New Jersey with a double major in English and Education in 2002. His ministry experience includes: youth pastor and young adults pastor, Young Adult Director for Metro District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, church planter of Journey Church in Cherry Hill, and development pastor overseeing disciplesip and leader-development. Erik earned his MA of Christian Ministry from Calvary Baptist Seminary. He co-founded the South Jersey chapter of "Serve the City"– a movement that raises volunteerism, building bridges between needs and resources as people come together for transformation. Erik started the "Pastoral Leadership School" which prepared men and women from over a dozen churches with the head knowledge, heart approach, and hands-on skills required to serve in ministry in our society today.

(more info coming)