Academy of Religious Studies

Chaplaincy Nevada training is biblically based; which emphasizes Christ as the central figure and paradigm for all Christianity. Chaplains Certification and Academy studies and materials are endorsed after satisfying its specific education and training objectives outlined by the authority of Messages of Faith Ministry, E.D. and governing Chaplains body, of religious trainers. Chaplain Academy Body of Members must be Professionals in Education, Training, Pastors, Assoc. Pastors, Elders, Sr. Chaplains, Licensed Psych./Counseling. 
Preamble: Chaplaincy is grounded in initiating, developing, discipling, and bringing an appropriate amount of education and training under Messages of Faith Ministry, and its Chaplaincy Nevada division through the Academy and Basic Religious Studies. This includes: Religious Studies and further education, Professional trained Overseer's, Teamwork and Collaboration, Ethical Practice which guides decision making and professional behavior, Confidentiality which respects the privacy of chaplains personal and educational information.

                      Academy Director            
                   BCChaplain Laquieta Cooks

    CLASS EVALUATION FORM: Please Fill In The Complete Evaluation Form and Hit Submit.


Profession Certificate Programs & Graduation         Ministerial Board Certification Graduate Programs

  1. SR Chaplain= Spring & Fall                                                       
  2. BCChaplains= Spring & Fall                                                                                                                     
  3. SEMINARY= Spring/Winte


SR Chaplain Graduation: Earn your in-house credits, complete your required classes. Essays are accepted for Fall Sept 15-Oct 15th Only.     
​BC Chaplain Graduation: Earn your in-house credits, complete your required classes. Must submit required Essays prior (4 wks.) to graduation.
Send Essays to:
Step 1   Submit your Application early to be added    Step 2   Submit your Essay for completion and Approval on time.


Registration Log- Booklet    Download Here

Academy Registration Policies   Download Here 

Academy Course Levels

LEVEL 100 COURSE: Basic Chaplaincy Certification: (Must Complete for Basic/Ordination)
 24 hrs. Certificate Training: The Chaplains Basic training is an extraordinary and vigorous training course of commitment for completing its Phase I & 2 training, with a continuance of discipleship training through Phase 3.

Session 1. Chaplaincy
Introduction. What is Chaplaincy? Who is a Chaplain? Chaplain Requirements &Training. Emergency Role. Non-Emergency Chaplains. 
Ministry, The Minister, Prayer, Prayer warriors, Cont. Education. Church Liaisons. Outreach Providers. 
​Session 2. 
Law Enforcement /CIT. Warning Signs of Mental Illness- Alcohol & Drug Abuse. Elements of Crisis Intervention & Crisis Communication.
Session 3.  
Gangs. Youth and Domestic Violence. Gangs and Schools. Signs and Symbols of Gangs. Female Gang Associates.
Session 4. 
Religions, Interfaith Importance & Practices, Discipleship, Forgiveness, Community Services.
Review. Exam.

LEVEL 200 COURSE: Chaplains Ordination:          (Must Complete for  Ordination/Academy)
​12 Hrs. Certificate Training on Ordination & Anointing Sacraments.
Anointing Ceremony-Church Recommendation Needed

Session 1: 
-Power & Authority of God -Repentance -Faith in God -Great Commission
-Why Ordination? -What is Ordination? -Consecration. -Ordination Responsibilities
​Study Packet:
-Divinity - Grace -Salvation -Anointing -Leadership -Evangelism

​Session 2: Application
​-Understanding how to apply Bible Principles in Ministry.
-The application and usage of Scripture.
-Application and Principles of Ministering, Preaching, Teaching, etc.
-The Role of Chaplains & Church

LEVEL 300 COURSE: Chaplains Academy: (Required SR Graduates)
Chaplaincy Academy of Religious Studies &  SR Chaplain Graduate Ceremony.

Christian Apologetics Defending the Faith 101: Sessions 10
Instructor BC Chaplain Michael Thrower
Essentials of the Christian Faith. Christian Apologetics is the discipline of defending a religious position through the systematic use of scripture and information. Early Christian writers (c. 120–220) who defended their faith against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called apologists.

-The Heart of Apologetics -Bible Writings and Authorship -Christian Mandate from the Bible -Homosexuality Marriage -Denom. Offshoots of Christianity -Carnal Christians -The Truth of the Gospel -Social Issues (Politics/Abortion/Science) -Repentance & Salvation -Jesus & the Resurrection

Homiletics Apprenticeship-Sermons, Bible Studies, Prayer Warriors: Sessions 8
Instructor BC Chaplain Karen Atlantic
The art of preaching, writing, and delivering sermons. Toastmaster style, Prep & Workshop Class Templates are used in all 3 categories for creating individual presentations, and delivering them within the classroom. Online assignments include videos. ​

-Sermons -Bible Studies -Prayer 
-Intern: Participation= 3 In-field events. 

Services Course: Baptisms, Communion, Weddings, Funerals: Sessions 2: BC Chaplain Estrellita Perry
Part 1: Baptism/Communion: Instructor: SR Chaplain Estrellita
Learn about the Sacraments as effective signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church a Christian rite recognized as of particular importance and significance of religious tradition and ceremony.

  -Session 1. -Baptisms - Communion
  -Session 2. -Funerals -Weddings​

Biblical Studies: Sessions (Total)  4  SR Chaplain Dorla
Part 1:  Bible OT & NT:  Sessions 2:  
66 Books Include: Old Testament Genesis - Malachi. New Testament: Matthew – Revelation.The Torah (Law), the Neviim (Prophets) & 
Ketuvim (Writings). Learn the essentials of the Bible by studying the different break-down and sections of each book..
-Genesis -Exodus -Leviticus - Numbers -Deuteronomy -Gospels: Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John -History: Book of Acts -Pauline Epistles: Romans -
 Philemon -General Epistles: Hebrews - Jude -Prophecy: Book of Revelation

​Part 2: Bible Foundations: Sessions 2: 
Build a firm foundation for biblical understanding through basic Bible content and beliefs, understand what it means, and learn to apply it to yours, and other lives.
-What is Baptism of the Holy Spirit -What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit -Deep and Abiding Fellowship with Jesus -Gods Perfect Choice  
-What is the Great Commission -What is the Second Coming of Christ -How to have Great Faith in God

Evangelism: Sessions: 2  
Instructor BC Chaplain Karen Atlantic
Christian evangelism explains the necessity of repentance and faith, and salvation through the grace of God alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Biblical Evangelism is not defined by man made methodologies. Rather, Biblical Evangelism is defined by biblical, historical, and systematic theology.

-Evangelism -The Evangelist -Prayer -Crisis -Lost Souls -Salvation

Clergy Training: Sessions: 4       (1st Interval of CPT)
Learning counseling techniques, and training for clergy helps provide the advantage of being both trained in traditional counseling methods, and in the application of biblical truths and scripture, while helping others to resolve problems and crisis issues with the help of God's Word.

Topics: Into 101-Addictions -Mental Health -Addictions -Christian Coach/CPE

Book of Revelation: Sessions: 4
​Instructor: BC Chaplain Michael
Discover and learn about the book and mysteries of Revelation. 

Included:  * The Past "Have Seen" *The 7 Churches *The Present "Things That Are" *7 Seals, Trumpets, Vials *The Future “Shall be hereafter” *The Return of Jesus*Battle of Armageddon *White Throne Judgment and more!

Levels of  Heaven & Hell: Sessions 2
​Instructor: BC Chaplains Michael & Laquieta
The understanding of the different levels Heaven and the levels of Hell 

Topics: Included are, Are Heaven & Hell literal places-3 levels of Heaven-Degrees of Rewards- Degrees of joy- Bible terms of hell- Different degrees of sin.

​Hermeneutics: It Is Written: Sessions 2 
Instructor: BC Chaplain Laquieta
Hermeneutics is the science and art of Biblical interpretation and examination. It is a science because there are laws that guide it. It is an art because the laws must be skillfully applied. 
The term comes from the Greek verb ἑρμηνεύω meaning to translate, to interpret. 

Topics: Overview- Origin & History- Interpretation of Scripture- Inductive Study & Method- Poor Methods- Divine Structure- Narratives- Jesus Said. 

​Spiritual Realm: Gifts & Warfare:  Sessions 2.
Instructor: SR Chaplain Dorla
The Bible, however, has much to say about the spirit realm because our Heavenly Father Yahweh dwells there. His only Son “which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen, which our hands have handled, the Word of Life” (lJohn 1:1) has come down to the physical, material world and manifested Himself to mankind.
Fear of the spirit world exists because we have been conditioned to think primarily of demonic or satanic activities of evil associated with spirits. In fact, the Adversary is an evil spirit and captain of the fallen angels who also rebelled, Jude 6.
Peter warns us to be alert and aware of the Adversary’s intentions: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1Pet. 5:8).

Topics include:  The understanding, and is it real?  1. Spiritual Warfare  2. Spiritual Gifts

Leadership-Vision Ministry: Sessions 1
Topics include Leadership styles, Different Types of Leadership, Top Qualities of a Great Leader Characteristics of a Leader, Ministry Leadership, Clergy Leadership, Principles of Servantry, Leadership, The importance of Vision in Christian Ministry and more!


Daughters of God

Grow Your Own Ministry

Skills 1 & 2 & 3

Spiritual Recovery

Ministerial Seminarian Graduate: Must complete the basic ministerial Seminary religious studies required course of approximately160 in-classroom hrs. (this does not include lab/assignment times). The Seminary graduation period is approximately 12months-18months of class completion. A 2500 Word Essay “My Philosophy on Christian Faith” This must be approved prior to Seminary Graduation, and an online Graduation application must be submitted to be considered for Graduation.

What is SeminaryIt prepares students to become ministers, a place or establishment for teaching and learning, a school for training religious leaders. It is theology, generally to prepare them for ordination to serve as clergy, in academics, or mostly in Christian ministry.

Homiletics-Apprenticeship: The art of preaching, writing, and delivering sermons. (Included in SR & BCC grad requirements)

Bible Studies-Biblical Foundation: Understanding the essentials of the Bible and its foundation. (Included in SR & BCC grad requirements) 

Apologetics: The essentials of the Christian Faith. (Included in SR & BCC grad requirements)

Heaven & Hell: The understanding of the different levels Heaven and the levels of Hell. (Included in SR & BCC grad requirements) 

Revelation: Discover and learn about the book and mysteries of Revelation. (Included in SR & BCC grad requirements)

Hermeneutics: The science and art of Biblical interpretation and examination. (Included in SR & BCC grad requirements) 

Spiritual Realm: The Gifts & The Warfare. (Included in SR & BCC grad requirements)

Philosophy & Church History: Study the history of world philosophy, Christian philosophy, and church history. (Included in Seminary grad requirements)

Holy Trinity: The Trinity Doctrine of the One God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons. (Included in Seminary grad requirements)

Eschatology/Biblical Language Translations: The study of what Scripture teaches about the end times. (Included in Seminary grad requirements). The importance of Biblical language 
and translation.

Theology & Ministry  (Included in CPT grad requirements)

Pastoral Care    (Included in CPT grad requirements) CPT)

Clergy Training: (Included in CPT & SR Grad Requirements)

​Requirements include completion of all 3 programs, 1. Academy SR Chaplain   2. CPT   3. Task-force Completions.


See CPT Specialized Training-Clinical Pastoral Training


​See NSCTF  Specialized Training

Classroom/Event/Zoom Protocol & Etiquette

1. Professionalism- Expertise, competency, readiness, courtesy and respect should always be at the forefront when providing trainings, special events, etc., regardless if it is located with online zoom or live on location/classroom from instructors, presenters, hosts, leaders, and attendees.
2. Zoom: Leader/Hosts have the authority to oversee and control the online event and should always command the direction of the presentations, presenters, rules, guidelines, tools, materials, behavior, attendees, etc. The authority utilized must fall within the scope of MOFM Protocol that exists within the Ministry.
3. In Class: Instructors/hosts have the authority to oversee and control the setting, rules, training, and attendees insofar as the training topics, conversation, information, behavior, mood, attendees, etc. The authority utilized must fall within the scope of MOFM Protocol that exists within the Ministry.
4. Personal politics are not allowed and will not be discussed during trainings etc., unless it is part of the curriculum/ topic, or scheduled such as, i.e. Apologetics, Faith Is Live on current event segments.
5. ZOOM: All events and trainings must adhere to the same professionalism as conducted within live in-house facilities/classrooms.
6. Chaplains are invited to attend scheduled Zoom classes during unforeseen times and for their convenience to start or to maintain their trainings and/or townhalls, special events etc.
7. It is the privilege and pleasure of the Ministry and online leadership hosts to provide these opportunities to each one of you to help further your training.
8. Chaplain attendees are asked to adhere to the same professionalism whether their attendance is on location/classroom or on zoom from the very comfort of your home.
9. Follow the direction/instruction of your instructor/host
10. Instructors may remove any attendee for ignoring /disrupting any class protocol in-house or online.

11. Zoom online: 
-Find somewhere comfortable to sit on a sofa/chair, a table, a desk
-Preparation- pen, paper, materials, Bible
-Proper comfortable attire
-Quiet space to train and interact
-Usage of the same in-classroom etiquette
-Manners and respect always

I n Class: 
1, Come prepared with writing tools, home assignments, text/manual/handouts/Bible materials in print or digital.
2.Be on time for class: Zoom & Inhouse
3.Respect and courtesy is an absolute at all times.
4. Dress appropriately at all times, No "shorts". No heavy perfumes etc. due to others allergies.
5. Follow the instructors classroom/assignment direction 
6.SIlence cellphones during class
7. CVD 19- follow the instructors and registration cdc rules sent to each student. per class, and all classroom regulations.
8, Snacks and drinks are permitted during the break sessions.
9. Always clean up your desk area before leaving for the next class.
10. No loitering on the premises after classes.
11, Chaplains are responsible for printing their own materials
12. Sorry no guests or children at any time
13. No personal product sales
14 No personal group prayer during class/classroom except for praying in/out of class.
15 Inform your instructor when you are going to be late to class

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA (42 U.S.C. § 12101) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal, and later sexual orientation

A. Disabilities: Continued: Contact your instructor prior to the class start date and advise them of your disability, or special needs to take  into account and consideration so the instructor may properly work with you in class and on zoom to meet your comfort and needs.
Disabilities: Zoom application has not changed, attendees have the option to post a picture of themselves or showcase their name for attendance rather than go live/appear on zoom and therefore it allows them the ability to work from comfort and any position, room and location within their own setting, and still have complete function and participation in and throughout all classes and events.

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Psalms & Proverbs

1 Barry Mainardi
2 Debbie Damron 
3 Victorya Campe
4 Laquieta Cooks 
5 Charles Cooks
6 Rick Voskuhl
7 Maryann Hart
8 Pamela Poston 
9 Walter Poston
10 Carol Russell 
11 Anthony Williams 
12 Lynn Williams 
13 Michael Thrower 
14 Sally St John 
15 Diana Reyes
16 Kathryn Rios
17 Ryan Creelman 
18 Bryan Ostaszewski 
19 Hudson Griffith
20 Shelea Griffith
21 Annette Pflaum
22 Jessie Wilson
23 Deidre Lucas
24 Tamia Dow
25 Trudy Gale
26 Jon Ponder
27 Marshaun Winston
28 Dorla Stewart
29 Charlotte Shields-Dancy
30 Karen Atlantic
31Debra Tyus
32Jaqueline Lyke
33 Todd Wellman 
34 Carol Tidd
35 Ty Chew
36 Edna Adesoro
37 Joni Papsch
38 Ron Russell
39 Rocky Dickerson
40 Chris Stoltzfus
41 Alice Coulson
42 Gracie Spaight
43 Maryann Hart
44 Shirley Davis
45 Lovie Ringgold
46 Mary Netti Moreau
47 Ruth Riley
48 Jack Anthony
49 Jesse Patino
50 Diane Rivera
51 Dwayne Jackson Sr
52 Renee Ni
53 Leo Magrdichian
54 Marilyn Moon
55. David Moon
56.Karen Nickels
57 Christina Seastrunk
58 Keith Brooks
59 Emanuel Gunter
60 Bonnie Norris
61 Sharon Sampson
62 Michael Drapp
63 Janine Crossley
64 Anita Daniels

Academy Endorsing Body

Academy Director of Training: BCChaplain Michael Thrower: Academy Lead Training Instructor 
Michael is an ordained Chaplain, and a Licensed Minister with the State of Nevada.. Michael serves as the Chair for the Chaplains Advisory Board elected in January 2016. He is an Academy of Religious studies graduate SR Chaplain, a graduate and instructor of CPE, and the Chaplaincy Instructional Trainer for "train the trainer". Michael teaches for the Chaplaincy Academy, on Discipleship, Apologetics, Apprenticeship, CPE-Pastoral Care, and previously taught Bible Foundation and Evangelism. He is a 2013 Graduate from the School of Evangelism at Second Baptist Church-LV where he has served on multiple ministries. His focus has been on mentoring youth, which he began in 1992 as a volunteer and has now founded Community Connect, Inc., a charitable 501(c)3 organization that focuses on mentoring at-risk youth in Las Vegas. He is a Casa Grande Prison Bible Studies Teacher. He is a Purchasing Supervisor for the Clark County School District. Michael serves as the lead for the CCSD (Clark County School District) Police Chaplain program and he is the Coordinator for Adopt-A-Cop Nevada: 1 Prayer, 1 Prayer Warrior, 1 Officer, 1 Day at a time ~ 4 Life ~

Pastor / BCChaplain Laquieta Cooks : Academy Director of Training Assistant / AB Chair
Chaplaincy Advisory Board Vice Chair. Pastor Laquieta is a Senior/Lead Pastor of Unity Christian Center Ministry. She has a has a Theology Bachelors Degree from the. Minnesota School of Theology and is a Graduate of Sonship School. She is a CCDC-METRO Program Volunteer for the Juvenile Section/Unit. Laquieta is an ordained Chaplain, a Pastor, and NV State licensed Minister. She is a Christian published author.

BCChaplain: Victorya Campe. MOFM Founder & Chaplaincy Executive Director  
Victorya has worked in education and training since 1995, programs co-sponsored with CCSN Continuing Education and from 97 with UNLV division of EO. She worked with CCSN Customized training on Welfare to Work co sponsored program from 96-97. She developed and created a co-sponsored professional programs education and training with NAFD, UNLV, & CCSN since 1995, and currently continues developing training Syllabus' , proposals, objectives, materials, catalog descriptions, etc..She created and developed the Chaplaincy Nevada training and education academy with outlines, objectives, materials, etc. as well as with AB team effort and instructors, from 2007-current. She is a Christian published author.

Chaplain Della Frank: AB & Educational Board Member
Della  is a graduate from Christ for the Nations (CFNI) Bible Institute with an Associate of Practical Theology degree. Her undergraduate studies earned her a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in World Languages - Spanish, and a minor in Physical Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Della earned a Master of Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership with an emphasis in Administration from Sierra Nevada College and she has additional Nevada endorsements in English Language Acquisition and Development as well as in Technological Innovations from Southern Utah University. Della Frank is a commissioned worker by the International Network of Commissioned Workers for the International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV)

BCChaplain Barry Mainardi: Administration Director
​Barry has a minor in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Dayton.  He is an Ordained NV State Licensed Minister.  He is the MOFM Ministry Admin Director and his dept. is in charge of all classroom/graduate transcripts. Barry is a Las Vegas Mayor’s Faith Initiative – Human Trafficking Co-Chair; NV Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Prevention & Training Sub-Committees; and a F.R.E.E. International Las Vegas Representative.

65 Linda Bell
66 Sandra Lewis
67 Lawrence Finney
68 Karen Leardi
69 Elizabeth Norman
70 Mary Camp
​71 Estrellita Perry
72 Pairote Phruksukarn
73 Hilda Espades
74 Monica Manig
75 Andrew Newell
76 Shirley Lyons
77 Hector Noguez
78 Kimberley Johnson
79 Anita Garcia
80 Della Frank 

Academy Chaplain Instructors / Trainees
New Instructors/Subs must complete 1-Shadow class & 3-Practice labs to advance from
an Academy intermediary instructor to becoming an Academy residency instructor.

Residency-Michael Thrower         Residency-Ryan Creelman           Residency-Leo Magrdichian
Residency-Laquieta Cooks            Residency-Tray Jenkins               Residency-Tamia Dow
Residency-Victorya C.                   Residency-Karen Atlantic            Residency-Debbie Damron
Residency-Annette A.P.                 Residency-Sandra Lewis              Residency-Della Frank
Residency-Dorla Stewart               Residency-Estrellita Perry            ​Residency-Barry Mainardi 
Residency: Diane Rivera
Intermediate: Eva Jenkins   Tray Jenkins   

Academy Hispanic Dept. Instructors
Residency- Hilda Espadas              Residency- Monica Manig           Residency- Anita Garcia

BCChaplain  Ministerial Board Certified Chaplain Graduates
1 Barry Mainardi
2 Mary Ballinger
3 Ryan Creelman
4 Leo Magrdichian
5 Michael Thrower
6 Laquieta Cooks
7 Annette Arnold-Pflaum
8 Debbie Damron
9 Diana Reyes
10 Karen Atlantic
11 Karen Nickles
12 Carol Tidd
13 Pairote Phruksukarn
14 Jackie Lyke
15 Tamia Dow
   Academy Administrator                Academy Administrator            Academy Administrator                                                             
  SR Chaplain Anita Garcia           BCChaplain Karen Atlantic       BCChaplain Mary Ballinger                                                

16 Marshaun Winston
17 Diane Rivera
18 Andrew Newell
19 Estrellita Perry
20 Bonnie Norris
21 Shirley Lyons

        Academy Consultant                                       Academy E.D.
    BCChaplain Michael Thrower                       BCChaplain Victorya
81 Mike Puccio
82 Felipe Wentzel
83 Bart Ballinger

SR Chaplain Graduates
Seminary Graduates
1 Laquieta Cooks
2 Karen Atlantic
3 Barry Mainardi
4 Estrellita Perry
5 Annette Arnold-Pflaum
6 Marshaun Winston
7 Pairote Phruksukarn
8.Karen Nickels
9 Bonnie Norris
10 Andrew Newell