About Parish Christian Educator School (PCE)
The Parish Christian Educator (PCE) School is a three-year educational experience for United Methodists in local church Christian education service, both volunteer and salaried. The school consists of a series of six courses focusing on essential aspects of Christian education in the local church. Participants may take one or all six courses. Each course includes selected reading assignments, writing and in-class participation. Completion of all six will entitle a United Methodist to carry the conference approved title of Parish Christian Educator. United Methodist membership at the time of commissioning is required. In order to receive credit, participant must be present for the whole course.

Next Session: Christian Education Theory

When: June 20-23, 2018

Where: Mount Wesley Center, Kerrville, TX

Session Leader: Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen

Registration Deadline: May 16, 2018

Registration Fee: $250 (Includes meals and lodging, Wednesday evening - Saturday Morning)

PCE June 2018 Flyer

Click here to register: PCE Registration Form

About the Presenter:  

Rev. Dr.  Tanya Marie Eustace Campen is an ordained deacon and currently serves as the Director of Intergenerational Discipleship for the Rio Texas Conference.

A native Texan, Tanya was born in Houston and grew up in Midland. She graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music and Religion from Austin College in Sherman. Her Masters of Divinity is from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tanya received her doctorate of philosophy in Christian education and congregational studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. The title of her dissertation is: Experiencing God Together: A Practical Theology for ministry with children. She is currently working on a book with the same title.

Tanya’s research focus is children's spirituality. She has 20 years of experience as a Christian Educator and Minister to Children and Families in the local church and two years at Discipleship Ministries, an agency of the United Methodist Church as the Director of Children and Intergenerational Ministries.

Tanya uses the wisdom received from the children she has worked with to gain insight and discover faithful pedagogical methods for the entire church. Children have taught her how persons grow in their faith when they are connected to God and neighbor through relational and experiential ministry. This forms the foundation for Tanya’s work in intergenerational ministry.

Tanya has contributed book reviews for the Religious Education Association Journal and writes for Discipleship Ministries in the areas of children, family faith formation, and intergenerational ministries. She has also written content for Upper Room,  articles for the United Methodist Publishing House, and taught courses for Vibrant Faith.  She blogs regularly focusing on issues concerning children, family faith formation, and intergenerational ministry

When Tanya is not at work, she can be found spending time with her husband Ryan Campen and her Portuguese Water Dog, Bela Esperança (beautiful hope). Tanya and Bela are a registered therapy dog team so you might catch Bela working alongside Tanya in ministry.

Future Sessions:

  • Administration of Christian Education Programs (Jan 2019)
  • The Bible and Christian Education (June 2019)
  • Worship (January 2020)
  • Faith Development (June 2020)
  • Methodist Doctrine and Theology (January 2021)

To be Commissioned in June 2018

Dawn Crews - Windcrest UMC, San Antonio   

Ludenia Hevner - Ernest T. Dixon UMC

PCE Participants                                                                                               

Shae Weins - Canyon Lake UMC

Ashley Allen - First UMC, Carrizo Springs

Rhonda Long -  First UMC, Goldthwaite                             

PCE Leaders and Contact Info:

Kim Carroll, Dean
Parish Christian Educator School
Marcia Williams, Chair
Parish Christian Educator School