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The Thyateira Midland Ecclesiastical Seminary

An introduction to the teachings and practice of the Orthodox Church in the 21st Century

The Venue:
The Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God
63 Dale Street, Palfrey, Walsall
West Midlands, WS1 4AN

Who is it for?

For men and women who: wish to serve in a leadership role in the Church and need a foundation for further study; or are involved with choir, serving and catechesis or who would like to be; or are just interested and want to increase their knowledge and understanding.

The aim is to provide students who wish to be more involved in the work of the Church with sufficient instruction for them to take on their various roles, and to provide a foundation for further Orthodox Theological Study

Who awards the certificate and the diploma?

The seminary is part of the Archdiocese and His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain will award the certificates.

Those who wish to study, but find the financial commitment difficult, should not be put off, as bursaries of up to 50% may be available in certain circumstances. Potential students should apply in writing to the Principal.


£400 per annum which can be paid in instalments. If finance is a problem, do not be put off; bursaries are available and your parish may wish to sponsor you.

Admission requirements:

Students will have a good grasp of the English language and will have received a secondary school education.

Date and Time:

Starting 16th September 2017 and then every second Saturday of the month until June 2018. July and August are holidays. The starting date for 2018 will be 15th September 2018.

10.00am – 5.00pm divided into 5 sessions

The Certificate Course – a one-year practical course:

  1. i) Church Practice, ii) Church History, iii) Introducing the Church Canons, iv) Faith and Worship, v) The Life in Christ, vi) God, Creation, the Fall and the work of Jesus Christ, vii) Introducing the Old Testament, viii) Introducing the New Testament

Assessment:the Certificate course is examined by one 2000 word essay and a number of 500 word (max) seminar papers presented by the students.

These courses build on the ten years’ experience of the Midlands Orthodox Study Centre, which included a partnership with the University of Wales, Lampeter, who awarded the qualifications until December 2011. The seminary has a growing and reasonably comprehensive library thanks to some important recent bequests.

His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, has decided that this centre should become the Thyateira Midland Ecclesiastical Seminary, with the object of helping to prepare the faithful for further service in the Church.

The Staff:

Principal: Very Revd Proto-presbyter Fr John Nankivell

Very Revd Proto-presbyter Fr Stephen Maxfield
Dr Nicolai Lipatov
Visiting lecturers

Admin: Xen Serghi

Initial contact:
Fr John Nankivell
The Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God
63 Dale Street, Palfrey, Walsall
West Midlands WS1 4AN
Telephone: 07891 903 518

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