Priscilla Institute


"Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.
They risked their lives for me. Not only I, but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them."

- Romans 16:3, 4

In 2004, Eastern University and its Seminary, Palmer Theological Seminary, collaborated to launch a new program uniquely designed for women who serve on the front lines in various ministry capacities in churches and in other organizations. This program, the Priscilla Institute (PI) at the Hestenes Center for Christian Women in Leadership, leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University.

The Priscilla Institute program illustrates koinonia in practice. It combines courses from various schools within Eastern University to produce a comprehensive, outcomes based, learner-centered education. It affords women with little or no college education the opportunity to earn a degree and, in the process, enhance their skills as leaders, including as pastors and ministers.  The program combines pastoral and Biblical education with courses (offered in six-week modules) in organizational leadership.

The Priscilla Institute at the Hestenes Center is located at Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA). The Hestenes Center is the focal point of influence for the Priscilla Institute. It possesses an extensive collection of resources on women's issues that will assist in meeting women’s educational and ministry needs and goals.

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For more specific information on how the PI program is organized, read the Program Design.