Professional Development Course Descriptions

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Professional Development

Zollikon Institute provides two different tracks of study:  accredited courses and Professional Development courses.  All courses are developed within a framework of our historic Anabaptist Christian  peace values and theology. 


Carita Keim




Zollikon Institute
P.o. Box 283
Berlin, Ohio 44610



Office: 330.390.4142


The Pastoral courses are designed to run in a series. Theology runs this spring. Engaging & Teaching the Scriptures, Anabaptist History, Pastoral Care, and a selection of various books of the Bible are scheduled to run the following year. A certificate will be issued at the end of each course in the pastoral series.

Theology in the Life of the Church   \   Instructor: Stephen Byler

Stephen Byler Zollikon Institute

Steve Byler has served in pastoral ministry for 30 years in the conservative Anabaptist world in both Virginia and Ireland. The classroom has been one of his joys; he has taught for multiple Mennonite Bible Institutes and schools in addition to teaching in churches stateside and abroad. In his interactions across the Anabaptist communities, he carries a deep concern for the ongoing development of teachers and leaders within our churches and schools. He and his wife Rosalind live in Harrisonburg, VA. They have seven children and are enjoying the arrival of grandchildren.

Description:  In its most basic form, theology is the study of God.  As Christians, we all have a theology or some understanding about who God is, and how He is at work in our world.  We are also on a journey of growth in our knowledge of God.  This course will provide an introduction to the continued study of theology, a model for understanding its significance and an introduction to some resources.  In academic terms, these questions represent the following disciplines:  Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, and Practical Theology, all a part of our understanding of our Christian faith.

Thursdays: March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5
Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Session I
            6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Session II
Cost: $2,360 for community members.  $1,180 for pastors
Special Launch Pricing: $980

Real Life, Living Lord   \   Instructor: Jeanene Nisly

Jeanene Nisly Zollikon Institute

Jeanene Nisly is bookkeeper and project manager for Shenandoah Christian Music Camp. She has been happily married to Wendell for 20 years and is a long-time member of Oasis Chorale, as well as a lay counselor/mentor in her community. She is currently a student at Westminster Theological Seminary and plans to graduate in May 2022 with a Master of Arts in Counseling.

Description: In our search for meaningful relationships and work, we sometimes overlook our need for personal internal renewal. But our perspective and responses are greatly affected by who we understand ourselves to be as humans and as women, by the stories we tell ourselves about life, and by our understanding of who God is. These classes will explore the intersection of perplexing life circumstances and the presence of the living Lord. Topics covered will include suffering, fear, anxiety, victimization and shame.

The evenings are designed to be relaxing and rejuvenating. They are particularly shaped for the pastor’s wives and women in leadership, but all are welcome.

Thursdays: March 17,  31; April 14, 28; May 5
Time6:30 – 7:45
Cost: $295


The Professional Development business courses are designed to run in a four-course series: Transformative Leadership, Financial Management will run this spring. Marketing & Communications and Human Resources are being scheduled for the following year. A certificate will be issued at the end of each course in this four course series.

Business: Transformative Leadership in Dynamic Times   \   Instructor: Jim Smucker

First eight weeks

Jim Smucker Zollikon Institute

Jim Smucker is President of Keim, a 580-employee home center and building supply company in Charm, Ohio.  He holds both Masters’ and Ph.D. degrees in Management.  Prior to his work at Keim, Jim served for twenty-seven years as a partner and President of the Bird-in-Hand Corporation, a hospitality management company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  He also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business and organizational management at several universities.  He has embraced Anabaptism as a foundation on which to build a model of serving leadership throughout his adult life.

Description: This course explores challenges of leadership in these dynamic and changing times.  Leadership will be informed by our Anabaptist sensibilities and values.  It will include areas of authentic leadership, developing and living organizational mission/vision/values, leading change, development of organizational strategy, and developing teams and structure.  Together we will look at how to successfully lead through times of crisis and uncertainty.  A number of local business and organizational leaders will present and reflect on their lived leadership experiences.  Participants will engage in a small-group case study to integrate the learnings in the classroom with their real-world experience.

Tuesdays: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1

Time4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Session I
            6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Session II
Cost:  $2,360
Special Launch Pricing: $1960/$1560 for pastors or school leaders

Business: Financial Management  \   Instructor: Larry Troyer

Second eight weeks

Larry Troyer Zollikon Institute

Larry Troyer serves as the CFO at ProVia, a manufacturer of exterior doors, windows, siding, veneer stone, and metal roofing.  He also provides counsel for two family-owned businesses with his sons and is involved with several nonprofit organizations, including the local community school where he provides financial oversight as a board member.  In recent years, Larry has been involved in a number of financial educational venues and finds fulfilment in passing along the business principles he has learned in real life practice.

Description: This course provides leaders, managers, and business people with practical approaches to the most common financial decisions.  This Professional Development course covers the basics of financial accounting, the accounting cycle, financial statement analysis, and cost management that includes internal controls, pricing strategies, and budgeting.  Learners will practice computer applications for use in decision making.

Tuesdays: March 15, 22, 29; April 12*, 19, 21**, 26; May 5**
Time4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Session I
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Session II
         *7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
** 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. on a Thursday
Cost:  $1,180
Special Launch Pricing: $1,030

General Professional Development

Understanding Child Development to Impact Instruction   \   Instructor: Rachelle Mullet

First eight weeks

Rachelle Mullet Zollikon Institute

Rachelle Mullet has been working in education for fifteen years.  She holds licenses in Early Childhood Education and Special Education (K-12).  She and her husband Kendrick live near Berlin, Ohio, with their three children.  Rachelle substitute teaches at Gospel Haven Academy and Berlin Elementary.  She says, “Having experienced Christian education as a student and teacher, I am excited to be a part of the Zollikon Institute and its mission and vision to equip educators and promote learning.”

Description: This course will equip teachers to create lessons and assessments that are developmentally appropriate and that maximize learning.  The course will focus on how children develop physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally as they learn.  Students will gain foundational knowledge of key learning theories.

Tuesdays: January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1
Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Cost: $1,180 for community members, $980 for teachers
Special Launch Pricing: 

Elementary German I   \   Instructor: John Miller

First eight weeks

John Miller Zollikon Institute

John Miller is Founder and President of SUPERB Industries in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  He holds a Master’s in Organizational Management and a Minor in German.  John lived and worked in Germany for four years and travels to Germany frequently.  He is fluent in High German but more importantly understands the cultural nuances of the language and the dialects in southern Germany and Switzerland.  He is well versed in Amish Mennonite history.  John lives in Sugarcreek.  He is excited about giving back to the local community through Zollikon Institute.

Description: German I emphasizes the active use of the language.  It focuses on vocabulary and basic grammar as a way to develop speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills.  We will use both contemporary German and historical Anabaptist texts to read and understand the language.  This course is for beginning students with no previous German language instruction.

No prerequisites needed.

January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1.
Thursdays: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3.
Time: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $980
Special Launch Pricing: $780

Rudiments of Music   \   Instructor: Wendell Nisly

Second eight weeks

Wendell Nisly Zollikon Institute

Wendell Nisly is Executive Director of Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, as well as a music instructor at its camps and events. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wichita State University, and after teaching and conducting for a number of years, he also completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at James Madison University. In addition to his teaching and administrative positions at SCMC, he serves as artistic director of Oasis Chorale.

Description: Rudiments of Music is a pre-theory course that covers introductory aspects of music, music notation, and reading music at sight.  The course covers the basics of Western music such as note and rest values, simple and compound time signatures, scales, and key signatures.  All theoretical aspects will immediately be put into practice; significant time will be given to learning various tools for practicing ear training and sight-singing.

Tuesdays:  March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3. (Online Instruction on Tuesdays)
Thursdays:  March 17,  31; April 14, 28; May 5 (double sessions in person)
Time: Tuesday 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Thursday 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. & 6:30 – 7:45
Cost: $550
Special Launch Pricing: $350


Dates that are listed with each course follow the Malone academic calendar and includes Spring Break on March 7-11, 2022.


Classes will be held at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center unless noted otherwise

5798 Co Rd 77,
Berlin, OH 44610.


An evening meal is provided for all students who wish to join at 5:45 p.m. Please indicate on your application if you are attending the evening meal.

Contact us today to find out how you can begin. 


Office:  330.390.4142