Making Disciples of Jesus Christ who Make Disciples

KAC is offering an opportunity for in-depth study of the Bible and theology in a local church context! With instructors from local churches, we are excited to offer courses for anyone looking to grow deeper in their walk with the Lord.

There are 10 courses available per year starting every fall season. Each course is 6 weeks long and meets once per week either on Mondays or Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Kenmore Alliance Church. You can choose to take any number of courses. Cost per course is $50 and includes the cost of the books and materials needed. Students will receive a certificate of completion for each course.

2022-2023 Course Offerings

Servant Leadership

August 22, 2022 - October 3, 2022

Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: This course explores Servant Leadership According to Greenleaf (2016) servant leadership consists of “a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.” Servant leadership focuses on the growth, development, and well-being of the people who belong to the work community. This course provides an overview of the principles of servant leadership and provides a picture of how this can be applied in practice in your daily life. In this course you will gain an understanding of what servant leadership is and how it can be applied in a real-life setting. Using a scholar-practitioner approach, this course emphasizes both research and application with an integration of Biblical examples and current examples to support application in our daily lives. The goal is to ultimately create a personal development plan that supports the application of Servant Leadership principles in your daily life.

Biblical Peacemaking

August 24, 2022 - October 5, 2022

Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: "Biblical Peacemaking's mission is to change the culture," of the Church so that we resolve conflict in a God-honoring way. To do this we use a biblical framework and common language to approach conflict. For more information, check out the CMA's website (Christian & Missionary Alliance).

Disordered Loves: Understanding Idolatry through C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce

October 10, 2022 - November 14, 2022

Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: C.S. Lewis’ classic work of fiction The Great Divorce imagines what would happen if a group of people residing in Hell were offered a holiday on the borders of heaven. Could they bring themselves to surrender what they treasured most in order to remain? The Great Divorce uses this creative construct to examine what St. Augustine called the problem of disordered loves – that anything, no matter how noble, that we love more than God is an idol that sets our feet on the path to Hell. We will explore this core idea together by making connections between the Bible, this book, other essays by Lewis, and our own experiences. Be prepared to get on your feet and do some dramatic readings!

Church History

January 16, 2023 - February 20, 2023

Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: This course will be a chronological study of the Church throughout history, but with an emphasis on those events that were most impactful for seeing the Kingdom of God take root in our world. We will discuss the following topics, namely; 1) Beginnings: The Messiah and the New Covenant, 2) Transformation of an Empire, 3) Church vs. State, 4) Reformation, 5) The Impact of the English-Speaking Peoples, and 6) A Global Phenomenon.

New Testament 1

January 18, 2023 - February 22, 2023

Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: This course will provide a survey of the background and content of the books of the New Testament. New Testament Studies 1 will cover an introduction to the New Testament, a survey of the Gospels, Acts, and the early letters of the apostle Paul.

Spiritual Formation

February 27, 2023 - April 3, 2023

Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description:

Spiritual formation is the Spirit-driven activity in which believers in Jesus cooperate to have our inner life shaped to resemble the inner life of Jesus. This course will provide students with an introductory overview of the dynamics involved in this spiritual formation. Students will be able to understand and articulate a biblical theology for personal spiritual growth and renewal through the following topics:

  • The purpose of the original creation of man in which humanity is made in the image of God
  • The impact on the image of God caused and created by sin
  • The work of redemption provides the pathway for mankind to be shaped into the likeness of Jesus
  • Key verses on spiritual formation
  • How the spiritual disciplines help the believer cooperate with the Spirit’s desire to shape him or her into the inner likeness of Jesus
New Testament 2

March 1, 2023 - April 5, 2023

Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: This course will provide a survey of the background and content of the books of the New Testament. New Testament Studies 2 covers the remaining letters of the New Testament: 1 Corinthians through Revelation.

(New Testament 1 highly recommended, but not required as a prerequisite.)

Introduction to Apologetics

April 17, 2023 - May 22, 2023

Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: Introduction to Christian apologetics will examine whether the claims and beliefs of Christianity are supported by real evidence and reason, or as some claim are fictions we have blindly accepted (See 1 Peter 3:15 for a Biblical direction to pursue such a study). Over six weeks we will address (at a minimum) four main questions: 1) Are there solid reasons and evidence that support the belief that there is an all-powerful being that we call God? 2) Are there solid reasons and evidence to support the belief that this all-powerful being really communicated to the human race through writings that we collectively call the Bible, and that these writings have been accurately passed on to us? 3) Are there solid reasons and evidence to support the belief that this all-powerful being appeared among us as a human being named “Jesus” (English version of His name), died, and was resurrected from the dead as confirmation of His claims? 4) If God is good and all-powerful, why does He allow evil to exist in our world?

Studying & Teaching the Bible

April 19, 2023 - May 24, 2023

Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Room 207

Course Description: Through this course students will learn how to study and communicate the Bible in a variety of settings whether that be one-on-one, in small groups/teams and in large groups. This course will equip students to study the Bible accurately through the use of basic principles of observation and interpretation of the biblical text. Attention will be given to the historical, grammatical and literary study of Biblical passages in their contexts. Building on this foundation, students will learn how to develop an appropriate Bible-based lesson for any given setting (one-on-one, small groups/teams, large groups, etc.).

KAC CBS Instructors

Hanna Brown


Johanna (Hanna) Brown received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a focus on Restorative Justice policy and practice. Johanna has a diverse background in management, banking, portfolio administration and ministry. Johanna is certified with the Christian and Missionary Alliance as a Conflict Coach and Mediator. She is certified in Elder and Adult Family Mediation to help families making decisions for the elderly population. She currently serves in Court-Based Mediation for family and parenting disputes. Her passion is to help individuals, families and marriages pursue peace through the ministry of reconciliation and discipleship.

Dr. Deone W. Drake


Deone received his Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity College and Seminary (Newburgh, IN), Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Baptist Christian College (Shreveport, LA), and a Bible Diploma from Liberty Bible Institute. He served as the Singles and Teaching Pastor at The Chapel from 1984-2021. He has also been High School Bible Teacher at Christian Central Academy from 1984-1992, 1999-2001, and 2011-2015. Director of The Chapel’s Bible Institute, 2002-2020, which was connected with Liberty University from 2004-2011 and a satellite site for Houghton College – a Christian college in southern New York (offering an Associate of Arts in Ministry degree) from 2014-2019. He is the co-author of the book, “Love Within the Circle,” and author of the book, “What’s the Attraction.”

Kim Holet


Kim received her Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in church ministries from Liberty University. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services from the State University of New York, at Buffalo. She is the Mobilization Director at The Chapel and has taught at the Renovation Institute at The Chapel.

Rev. Charles Jones

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Charles currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Kenmore Alliance Church. He also serves as the Chairman of the KAC Elder Board. He received his Associates Degree in Christian Ministry from Houghton College, and is an Ordained Minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Charles has completed Renovation University, which is a two-year ministry cohort, with The Chapel. He has also served as a Worship Pastor at KAC, and has been a guest speaker at various venues.

David Lytle

Dave received his Master's in education at the State University of New York, at Buffalo; and his Bachelors in Science at the State University of New York, at Buffalo. He has his NYS Teacher Certification and taught mathematics for 10 years in the Buffalo schools. Dave has taught biochemistry at the State University of New York, at Buffalo for 31 years.

Rev. Dr. John B. Mansfield


John received his Doctorate in Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, OH), Masters in Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), M.A.T.S. (Theological Studies) from the International School of Theology (San Bernardino, CA), and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion from Boston University. He has been a Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Biblical Studies (CRU International), an Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies Program at SUNY Buffalo, an Adjust Professor in University Honors College at SUNY Buffalo, taught courses at the School of Leadership international, taught at the Ukrainian Bible Institute, and an Independent Study Instructor at SUNY Buffalo. John has served with the Epic Asian American Campus Ministry at SUNY Buffalo, and Campus Crusade for Christ. He is an Ordained Minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance (Bradley, IL). He was a chairman of the Elders at Kenmore Christian & Missionary Alliance Church (Tonawanda, NY) from 1986 to 1996.

Vinh Nguyen


Vinh is currently working on his PhD specializing in New Testament Greek and Linguistics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry from Ouachita Baptist University and an MA in Biblical Languages from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Spencer

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Jeff has served as an elder on the KAC Elder Board since 2019. He received his Doctorate in Juris Prudence at the State University of New York, at Buffalo; Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University; and Bachelors in Political Science at Canisius College. He currently teaches Logic at Rivendell Study Center, has taught a variety of courses at local colleges, and has been a guest lecturer at various legal organizations. Jeff, and his wife Michelle, have hosted and taught numerous bible studies and small groups for over 30 years. He has also written an article “Evolution; Fact or Faith? A Question to the prevailing orthodoxy” at Liberty Life & Family Journal of Regent University.

Kate Scarpena

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Dr. Kate Scarpena received her Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University (Boston, MA), Master in Science in Education from Purdue University Global, (West Layfette, IN), her Master in Arts in History and her Bachelor in Arts in History and Classical Studies from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Scarpena currently serves as the Chair of a Humanities and Social Sciences Department, a unique department comprised of courses and faculty from multiple disciplines that extend across the Arts & Humanities as well as the Social Sciences. Dr. Scarpena worked previously as a secondary social studies teacher and history professor before joining the educational leadership team full time. Her experience includes teaching a variety of courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education, course design and implementation, curriculum development, program development, student teacher candidate supervision and certification, as well as educational administration in both K-12 and higher education settings.

Father Ward

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Father Ward has served as the Rector of St. Bartholomew's since 1998. He received his B.A. in History from SUNY at Buffalo; a M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; and a M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.. Fr. Ward and his wife Kathleen have two adult children, Arthur and Alyssa.

Elizabeth Coburn


Elizabeth Coburn has a BA in Literature from Gordon College, a MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University, and a MA in Literature from the University of New Hampshire. She has a background in drama and vocal performance and has taught high school English and college writing. She is currently a freelance writer who has published fourteen middle-grade books for children, specializing in stories for reluctant readers. She, her husband Philip, and their three kids have attended KAC since moving to Buffalo in 2003.

Victoria Spencer

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Victoria Spencer, NextGen Coordinator

Victoria has received her Masters of Divinity (Crown College), Bachelors in Biblical Studies (Crown College), Bachelors in Christian Ministry (Crown College), International Studies at Jerusalem University College, and an Associates in Christian Ministry at Houghton College. She is licensed by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and has graduated from the Renovation University (a two-year ministry cohort) with The Chapel. Victoria has been an Administrative and Children’s Ministry Assistant at Kenmore Alliance Church, and an Administrative and Children’s Ministry Intern at New Covenant Church. She has been a guest speaker at several youth and adult events and/or services.