Education for Ministry in the Diocese of Long Island

What is Education for Ministry (EfM)?

Study and Spiritual Development for Lay People 

Work together in a small group 

Study the bible, church history and theology 

Engage in reflection

Learn about yourself and others

Deepen your faith

Discover your call to ministry for a world in need

EfM is a four-year program of study and reflection in a small group setting. Participation helps us to respond to the question all of us face: How do I respond to God's call to ministry in the world? Participants commit yearly to meet once a week in seminars led by trained mentors.

EfM groups have been established in a number of churches in the diocese. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of participating in an EfM group, or forming a new group at your church, please contact John Musco, Coordinator of EfM for the Diocese of Long Island: or (917) 519-0422.

If you would like to become an EfM mentor, the diocese periodically sponsors mentor training.  Participation in EfM is not required to take mentor training.  Contact John for more information.

EfM is a distance learning program offered by the Beechen Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

EfM Groups & Mentors in the Diocese of Long Island


• Grace Church/Brooklyn Hts

Meets Wednesday at 6:30pm | Sept to June

Mentors: John Musco & Kathy Page

Church of the Nativity/Ditmas Park

Meets Wednesday at 7:30pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Hyacinth Jeffers


• St. Thomas'/Farmingdale

Meets Thursday at 6:00pm | Sept to June

Mentors: Daniel Petersen-Snyder & Kaitlyn Pawlukojc

First Presbyterian Church/Oyster Bay

Meets Jan to Dec (summer break)

Mentor: Patricia Whitaker


• St. John's/Huntington

Meets Monday at 7:00pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Leslie Valentine

St. Ann's/Sayville

Meets Monday at 6:30pm | Sept to June

Mentor:  Daniel Petersen-Snyder

• St. Cuthbert's/Selden 

Meets Tuesday at 6:30pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Jean Sidebottom