Introduction to Church History

This course introduces Middle School students to early Church history through the lives of the great (and not-so-great) men and women who made it. The period of time covered spans from the age of the Apostles to around the time of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Through the lens of biography, students will gain an understanding of the theological controversies that shaped the Church, an appreciation for outstanding heroes of the Christian Faith, and a sense of gratitude for God’s providence.

We will read and discuss the lives of saints and sinners, and engage with primary sources, as well as the writings of church historians like Eusebius, Bede, Zonaras, Einhard, and Psellus. There are no tests or quizzes, but each student will be expected to keep a journal of short summaries of their weekly readings, and to do one in-depth research project on a great figure of the ‘undivided Church’ era, which they will present at the end of the course.


  • Prerequisites: None. A knowledge of the Bible is helpful.
    Instructor: James Latimer, M.Div.
    Age Level: 11 -14 years
    Minimum Enrollment: 5

    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition per Semester:  $270

    Class Meets
    : Thursdays, 8:00 – 9:30 AM Pacific

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Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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James Latimer, M.Div.

James Latimer’s love of language and learning began as a child when he used to make up his own languages. He received his B.A. from St John’s College, where he double majored in Philosophy and History of Mathematics & Science, and double minored in Comparative Literature and Classical Studies. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Precentor and Choir Director’s Certificate from the Synodal School of Liturgical Music in Jordanville, NY. James has served as a choir director in Orthodox Churches for about eight years. He enjoys singing, gardening, baking bread, and swimming in ice cold water. He lives with his wife and children in South Carolina.


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Recommended, but not Required:

History Lives Series