Alps 2017 Schedule

ALPS-MTH Extension School

Course titles below are for the “Revised COS Curriculum“ published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (effective 2015). Carefully, check your registration and do not register for a course you have already taken. Please use the Curriculum Grid and COS Program Completion Checklist of this schedule to plan your 2017 course registration.

Spring 2017

Weekend Courses Pre-course Assignments
Due postmarked 4 weeks prior to the first class of the Course.

March 3-4 and 17-18   London, Kentucky               Eastern Time Zone
COS 121 (formerly 111)   Bible I: Introduction

Instructor: Russ Sisson Syllabus
Location: First UMC, London, KY

April 7-8 and 21-22    Madisonville, Kentucky       Central Time Zone
COS 221 (formerly 211)   Bible II: Torah & Israel’s History Syllabus

Instructor: Russ Sisson
Location: First UMC, Madisonville, KY

May 14-26, 2017 (May 14/21 Registration)
Union College, Barbourville, KY
Eastern Time Zone

May School Pre-course Assignments
Due postmarked April 5, 2017

May 15-19 Morning

COS 121 (formerly 111)    Bible I: Introduction Syllabus
Instructor: Russ Sisson 

COS 421 (formerly 411)    Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom Literature
Instructor: Rodney Duke Syllabus

COS 424 (formerly 414)    Ethics
Instructor: Jack Keller  Syllabus

May 15-19 Afternoon

COS 321 (formerly 311)   Bible III: Gospels
Instructor: Russ Sisson  Syllabus

COS 422 (formerly 412)    Theology IV: Wesleyan Movement
Instructor: Charles Brockwell Syllabus

COS 423 (formerly 513)   Mission
Instructor: Rex Kaney  Syllabus

May 22-26 Morning

COS 122 (formerly 112)     Theological Heritage I: Introduction
Instructor: Charles Brockwell Syllabus

COS 222 (formerly 212)    Theological Heritage II: Early Church
Instructor: Ken Kinghorn  Syllabus

COS 522 (formerly 512)    Theology V: Contemporary Church
Instructor: Ken Ramsey  Syllabus

May 22-26 Afternoon

COS 124 (new course) Transformative Leadership (do not take if taken COS 113)
Instructor: Rex Kaney  Syllabus

COS 324 (formerly 214)   Preaching
Instructor: Stacey Minger  Syllabus

COS 323 (formerly 314 )  Congregational Care
Instructor: Paul Walles  Syllabus

Fall 2017

Weekend Courses Pre-course Assignments
Due postmarked 4 weeks prior to the first class of the Course.

Sept. 8-9 and 22-23     London, Kentucky                   Eastern Time Zone
COS 523 (formerly 313)  Evangelism

Instructor: Eddie Fox  Syllabus
Location: First UMC, London, KY

Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 20-21 Madisonville, Kentucky  Central Time Zone
COS 323 (formerly 314 )   Congregational Care

Instructor: Paul Walles  Syllabus
Location: First UMC, Madisonville, KY

Mail ALL pre-course assignments to:
     Dr. Barbara Nye
     1204 Choctaw Trail
     Brentwood, TN 37027
Do Not email pre-course assignments.
Do Not send pre-course assignments by certified mail.
This will save you money and delays. If no one is available to sign for certified mail it is returned. Thank you.

ALPS-MTH COS reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment. Local Pastors, please carefully read the information below.

Important Course Information:

  • Course titles and the first COS course number listed on the 2017 schedule are the same as the GBHEM – COS Revised Curriculum that became effective 2015. The former curriculum course number is the second number listed. Check your transcript.
  • Please use the COS Revised Five Year Curriculum “effective 2015” and the COS Program Completion Checklist provided to plan your course registration.
  • Please use the COS Completion Chart and your transcript to ensure that you do not take the same course twice.   The Completion Chart shows how the former COS Curriculum and current revised curriculum course exchange works (i.e. 111 counts for 121, etc.). Use your transcript from GBHEM to fill in the courses you have completed. Then, register from the 2015 curriculum that you need to complete.
  • Request your transcript from Pamela Frost GBHEM Registrar –

May school:
*Registration Deadline – February 15
*Pre-course Assignment deadline – April 5 (additional course work may be assigned including final assignments)
*Union College in Barbourville, KY – Eastern Time Zone

Weekend schools: Consult Location, times, and directions, hotel information, etc. are on the website.
*Registration deadline-one month prior to class
*Pre-course Assignment deadline – one-month prior to class (additional coursework may likely be assigned in addition to pre-work)
*Weekend course schedule: 5:30-9:00 p.m. on Friday; Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Madisonville, KY – Central Time Zone
London, KY – Eastern Time Zone 

Course Registration and Tuition Payment Policy: You must pay your course registration and tuition 30 days prior to attending courses.   Please e-mail or call Dr. Barbara Nye if you are unable to pay your course registration prior to the course and need a payment extension.

ALPS website –  Download ALPS Registration forms and course syllabus. Likely, you can download forms and the course syllabus at your local library if help is needed. Directions, hotel information, etc. are on the website.

Contact Information:
Pam Whitmore, ALPS Registrar    931-239-5039 Contact Pam for ALL registration questions, financial statements or grade questions.

  • E-mail provides a quicker response and helps us maintain a record of your request. Pam lives in the Central Time Zone.
  • Dr. Barbara Nye, Director        615-289-4332    

Contact Barbara for all other questions. Barbara lives in the Central Time Zone.

Website information: is our website. For ALPS courses in KY click on the ALPS tab at the top of the web page. Click on the (Mem-TN-Hol tab) at the top of the webpage for weekend courses in TN.

ALPS and Memphis-TN-Holston COS Extension Schools merged in August, 2015.