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.

 Religious Studies Graduation
   SR Chaplain Graduations are scheduled 2 times per year, Spring & Fall. 


                Academy Director                                  Asst. Director
       SR Chaplain Michael Thrower         SR Chaplain Laquieta Cooks

​ Academy Team Coordinator ChaplainsDawn Smoot   DebbieLynn Miller   Cheryl Fowlkes

 Chaplaincy Class EVALUATION Form: Fill In The Complete Evaluation Form and Hit Submit.

1. Download Your Academy Curriculum Informational/Requirement/Template Booklet Here
2. SR Chaplain Graduation: Earn your in-house credits, complete your required classes plus 2000 Word Essay, and apply for your Spring or Fall SR Chaplain Graduation. You must apply 30 days prior to the graduation date.
* SR Graduation:  Check your schedule for Sat May 8th & Nov 6th 2021 
* Check Your Schedule for CPT Course and Graduation Dec 11th 2021  CPT Course Completion 16 Sessions
​Academy Email: 


Academy Course Levels

Basic Chaplaincy Certification: LEVEL 100 COURSE       (Must Complete for SR Graduates)
 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.

Chaplains Ordination: LEVEL 200 COURSE          (Must Complete for SR Graduates)  
​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

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

Christian Apologetics Defending the Faith 101: Sessions 10
Instructor SR 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

Apprenticeship-Sermons, Bible Studies, Prayer Warriors: Sessions 8
Instructor SR Chaplain Karen Atlantic
(In-class & Online) 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 Warriors 
-Intern: Participation= 3 In-field events. 

Services Course: Baptisms, Communion, Weddings, Funerals: Sessions 2: SR Chaplain Laquieta
Part 1: Baptism/Communion: Instructor: Instructor Aid  SR Chaplain Anita
Part 2:  Weddings/ Funerals: Instructor:  Instructor Aid  Sr Chaplain Dorla
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
Part 1:  Bible OT & NT:  Sessions 2:  Instructor SR Chaplain Laquieta      Instructor Aid: SR Chaplain Dorla Stewart
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:   SR Chaplain Laquieta Cooks
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 SR 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)
Instructor: SR Chaplain Annette
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: SR 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: SR 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: SR 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.


Daughters of God

John Maxwell Training: Salt & Light

The Daniel Fast

Grow Your Ministry: LEVEL 500 COURSE– Empowering Group


See CPT Specialized Training-Clinical Pastoral Training


​See NSCTF  Specialized Training

​SR Chaplain Graduates

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 heavy perfumes etc. due to others allergies.
5. Follow the instructors direction at all times
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.

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.

CPR- 2yr Cert

Domestic Violence

Suicide Prevention

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
31 Debra Tyus
32 Jackie 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

Academy Endorsing Body:

Academy Director of Training: SR Chaplain 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 / Sr. Chaplain 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.

SR Chaplain: 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.

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63 Janine Crossley
64 Anita Daniels
65 Linda Bell
66 Sandra Lewis
67 Lawrence Finney
68 Karen Leardi
69 Elizabeth Norman
70 Mary Camp

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      Intermediary-Sandra Lewis 
Residency-Laquieta Cooks            Residency-Tray Jenkins          Intermediary-Shirley Davis     
Residency-Victorya C.                   Residency-Karen Atlantic
Residency-Annette A.P.                 Intermediary-Anita Daniels         
Residency-Dorla Stewart               Intermediary-Janine Crossley