Grace Leadership Institute

Wheaton College and Grace Leadership Institute in Erie, PA are partnering together to offer our Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership degree program specifically for students preparing for or currently in ministry with Grace Church or from Erie and the tri-state area from Cleveland to Pittsburgh to Buffalo.

The core of the M.A. in Ministry Leadership curriculum focuses on three competency areas: Bible & theology, mission, and leadership. In this modular program of online and in-person courses, you will network and work alongside like-minded students, and you will be empowered to infuse classroom knowledge and insights back into your ministry team. Thanks to the flexible learning format, you can do all this while continuing in ministry leadership.

Students connected to GLI can join the cohort and pursue a master's degree through Wheaton College and receive a 15% discount on tuition.

Grace Leadership Institute (GLI) offers Christian training for emerging leaders to enrich and serve their organizations and communities. Its distinctive is gathering in an environment of shared educational opportunities with practical application activities where colleagues learn together, contribute examples, and benefit from each other’s experiences. GLI has a highly skilled and engaged faculty drawing from local leaders and regional experts.

Grace Leadership Institute has three branches for learning opportunities: 

  • School of Ministry - Graduate level and certificate programs with hands-on application
  • Leadership Development Center - Training opportunities for personal leadership development through courses, certificates, workshops, and a Speaker Series
  • Regional Church Collaborative - Learning environments among church leaders and ministry teams where ideas, methods, and successful programs are discussed and shared

Do you want to learn more about Grace Leadership Institute? Contact Melanie Deppen at 

Ready to enroll? Contact Heather Matthews at to learn more about Wheaton College Graduate School's degree programs, check out our admission requirements, or begin your application today!