The Fall Semester Via Zoom – October 18, 2021 – January 21, 2022


ABOUT US: The Bible Academy is a church-based school that was organized in 1999, and is nationally accredited through the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. All participants will receive a National course card upon completion of a course and the required course assignments. Students may take courses for self-enhancement or work toward a national Diploma of Christian Education through the Certificate of Progress Program (COPP), which are offered through the Bible Academy. The Registration fee is $25.00 per course. Contact Dean Roberta Hatcher at or visit for more information regarding the COPP.

 All Fall Semester courses will be presented via the Zoom platform, Eastern Time. Individuals may register online, at the church, or send their registration information and check or money order for fees to Good Shepherd Baptist Church, P.O. Box 141 Augusta, GA 30903 by October 5th. Following registration and payment of fees, enrolled students will be contacted by the instructor and invited to join the respective Zoom course(s). Students may contact their instructors directly if they wish to give a love offering.  





1066 - Women in the Old Testament

(Instructor: Veronica Harris)

This course will identify biblical female characters from the Old Testament, and the contribution that each woman made to the growth and decline of the Jewish nation.  Include women in the patriarchal families, judges, and the various queens throughout the history of Israel.

Course Dates: 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Textbook: All the Women of the Bible – Lockyer

Course Evaluation


1075 - The Synoptic Gospel (COPP) 

(Instructor: Helen Brown)

This course will focus on the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students will study the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as portrayed by these three writers.  Through this comparative study, students will gain a more comprehensive understanding of Jesus’ ministry.

Course Dates:  10/28, 11/4, 11/11, and 11/18, 12/2. 
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Textbook: The Synoptic Gospels – Nickle

Course Evaluation


2011 - Baptist Doctrine (COPP) 

(Instructor: Joyce Murry) 


This course will examine with simplicity and clarity the basic teachings of the Baptist faith.  Explore each doctrinal position and the basis for each doctrinal position taught in the class.

Course Dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18,12/2, 12/9 and 12/16 
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Textbook: Baptist Beliefs – Mullins

Course Evaluation


2023 - Creative Ways of Teaching

(Instructor: Breatrice Brown)

The focus of this course is to assist teachers in discovering ways to teach that lead to transformed students’ lives, and in discovering new ways of teaching that will include learning behavior and strategies of student learning and behavior.

Course Dates: 10/23 and 10/30 
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Textbook: Effective teaching Practices for the 21st Century – McConnell

 Course Evaluation



3008 - Theology and History of Christianity

(Instructor: Dr. Henry Baptiste)

This course will outline the development of the Christian movement from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on Earth to present times.  Focus on the history, theology, culture, and times that enable Christianity to develop and grow.  Prominent persons who influenced the Christian movement will be identified.

Course Dates: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/04, 1/11, 1/18, and 1/25 
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 
Textbook: The Story of the Christian Church - Hurlbut

Course Evaluation




7005 - Christian Evangelism (COPP) 

(Instructor: Karen Clark)

This course will teach the basic steps in developing a program of evangelism.  Discover the appropriate Scriptures to use, and the methods, techniques, and media best suited for witnessing to nonbelievers.

Course Dates: 10/23 and 10/30
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

 Textbook: Evangelism Ministry: Guide for an Effective Witness – Thomas

 Course Evaluation

7010 - Introduction to Discipleship (COPP)

(Instructor: Rev. Dr. Clarence Moore) 

This course will introduce the believer to the biblical principle of discipleship.  Examine the character traits of believers, while looking at the overall examples of Jesus. Study discipleship methods of Jesus and the difference between discipleship and membership.

Course Dates: 10/18, 10/25; 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22; 11/29; 12/6, 12/13, 12/20
Time: 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.


Textbook: Spiritual Discipleship – Sanders

Course Evaluation


7024 - Discovering Your Spiritual Gift (COPP) 

(Instructor: Dr. Mary Ramsey)

This course will help students to understand who God has uniquely made them to be. Work through a spiritual gift assessment that will help them to discover their spiritual gift(s).  Discovering their spiritual gift(s) will prepare them to move into a meaningful area of service where they best fit into the body of Christ.

Course Dates: 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, and 11/22
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Textbook: Understanding Your Spiritual Gifts – Thomas

Course Evaluation



9004 - Writing Techniques 1 (COPP) 

(Instructor: Elizabeth Johnson)

This course will focus on the Certificate of Progress Program writing requirements for Phase 2. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the skills necessary to complete the writing assignments.  Skills that will be mastered range from the development of paragraphs/topic sentences to thesis-driven essays.

Course Dates: 1/3, 1/6, 1/10, 1/13, and 1/20
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

 Textbook: The Elements of Style – Strunk and White

Course Evaluation


9024 - The Computer in the Life of the Church (COPP)

(Instructor: Gwendolyn Watts)

This course will train pastors, office workers, Christian educators, and others who want to utilize computer technology in the church.  Issues in administration, setting up computer labs, tutorials on Bible study, as well as membership record keeping, and nurture will be covered in this course.  

Course Dates: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 

Textbook: 40 Days and 40 Bytes - Speigel

Course Evaluation


Registration Form  (Registration Deadline - Oct.5th)

Course Cards and Course Certificates: Usually, a Graduation and Closing Program is scheduled for the Bible Academy on the second Sunday in July in Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1714 Olive Road Augusta, GA.  However, due to the school’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, course cards will be mailed or emailed to each student following the completion of the semester. For more information, please contact Dr. Roberta Hatcher, Bible Academy Dean. CONTACT US: Bible Academy Office of the Dean Good Shepherd Baptist Church 1714 Olive Road Augusta, GA 30906 Phone: 706-733-0341   Fax: 706-667-0205 Email: