❝ Where there is no vision, the people perish ❞ –Proverbs 29:18

From the Dean of Education and the Education Committee

Welcome! You’ve come to the right place to either begin or continue your study of Spiritualism and Metaphysics. Our academic program has been in place since 1943. Over the years, we have enhanced and expanded our course offerings in some areas and have also maintained the traditional and foundational curriculum of Spiritualism and Metaphysics.

Whether you are searching for answers, beginning your spiritual journey, studying for spiritual healing or the ministry, or becoming more deeply involved in your pursuit of self-realization, you will find what you’re looking for on our sacred grounds. Our programs are specifically developed for not only beginning students but for the more advanced students as well.

The mission of the Education Committee is to assure that students of the Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary and School of Spiritual Metaphysics are offered a focused, well-rounded curriculum and practical and relevant spiritual and metaphysical learning opportunities.

Once again this year, in addition to our required classes, we have some fantastic electives offered by our excellent teachers. These elective classes bring a variety of philosophies and concepts on interesting subjects guaranteed to appeal to the most inquisitive minds.

I would like to thank each member of the Education Committee for their dedication and commitment to the advancement of our academic program.

The members of your Education Committee are:

  • Rev. Lynda Richey, Dean of Education
  • Rev. Jane DeVore, Dean of Students
  • Rev. Wahna Irvine, Director of Healing
  • Rev. Terry Ryan, Director of Mediumship
  • Rev. Vicki Corkell, Director of Metaphysics
  • Rev. Todd J. Leonard, Consultant
  • Rev. Jeremy Kaylor, Consultant

Rev. Lynda Richey
Dean of Education

The goal of the Education Committee is to provide our students with the best academic and practical Spiritualist training available. Sometimes it seems reaching this goal is a challenge because the bar of excellence is set higher and higher each year.

But each year we find ourselves rising to the challenge and reaching our goal because of the commitment and dedication of some amazing educators and administrators. There is, indeed, much to celebrate each year!

As a minister in the Spiritualist church, it is important to perform service to others, not only in our churches but in our communities as well. With that in mind, the addition of performing community service has been added as a requirement for Associate Minister certification and Ordination.

This community service requirement is considered to be practical experience along with the current requisite of serving churches by delivering sermons and giving messages. The Committee and Board of Trustees feels this is a worthwhile and meaningful requirement as we continue to improve our ministerial program and help our students become well-rounded ministers. Information about community service is available upon request and can also be found in our Academic Resource Center (ARC) Course book.

The Education Committee and Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff are looking forward to an energetic year filled with enthusiastic and dedicated students and teachers.

Remember, just as the pursuit of enlightenment can be arduous and serious it can also be fun and exciting!


Dorsch – Kuiper Scholarship

The Dorsch-Kuiper Scholarship made its inaugural appearance in 2011. This is an academic scholarship available to students who are actively participating in the Ordination program of the Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary. Complete details and application packet are available upon request.

This academic scholarship is available to all students who:

  1. Are members in good standing in the IAOS for at least two years prior to the scholarship application.

  2. Are actively participating in the Ordination program of the Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary.

  3. Have attained the certification of Associate Minister or have successfully completed at least five classes toward Associate Minister certification through the IAOS.

The scholarship award will be the decision of the Education Committee.

The maximum scholarship award per student is $500 and must be used within two years of the receipt of the award. This scholarship will be administered as credit for classes; it is not a cash award. The scholarship award will be used only to complete the classes required for Ordination.

The application process is strictly confidential and will include the completion of the application form, a written essay outlining the student’s desire for the scholarship, three personal/professional letters of recommendation and possibly an interview by representatives of the Education Committee.

One scholarship will be awarded annually.

The Dorsch-Kuiper Scholarship application is available to any qualified student upon written request to the Dean of Education, Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary, 50 Lincoln Drive, Chesterfield, IN 46017.

Scholarship applications for the 2018 award will be accepted until February 1, 2018. The recipient of the 2018 Dorsch- Kuiper Scholarship will be announced no later than March 1, 2018.


New Student  Scholarship

  1. The scholarship will be awarded to a new, first-time student who:

a)  is a first-time student, who has never previously taken classes at Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary and School of Metaphysics.
b)  pre-registers for classes no later than the deadline for each academic event.
c)  is accompanied to the Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary and School of Metaphysics by an existing student who is enrolled at the same academic session and who is a member of the IAOS.
d)  is either a member or a non-member of the IAOS at the time of registration.

  1. The new student and existing student must both be enrolled at the same week long or weekend academic session.
  2. The existing student will be identified on the new student’s registration form.
  3. The scholarship award will be either S55 or $65 depending on the new student’s membership status. Generally, most first-time students are not IAOS members. Registration fees are always waived for pre-registration.
  4. The scholarship will be used within one year of issuance.

This scholarship is established to incentivize our members to introduce their friends and family to Camp Chesterfield and the Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary and School of Metaphysics.

Student Achievement Scholarship


  1. The scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the Education Committee based on the student’s demonstrated academic achievement commitment to spiritualist studies and dedication to mediumship development.
  2. The amount of each scholarship and the number of scholarships awarded each year will be at the discretion of the Education Committee.
  3. This award may be any amount determined by the Education Committee not to exceed a maximum of $200 and used within two years of receipt.
  4. Student must be a member in good standing of the IAOS.
  5. Student must have completed all core classes and passed the Spiritual Seeker exam to be considered for this scholarship.


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all are welcome. Classes, Workshops and Special Events all require registration. You can view all events in our Calendar and registration forms can be found on the event page or in the Downloads section. Do not be concerned if you see the term “Seminary” next to an event, anyone on a spiritual path of learning may attend those classes as well. Many events allow you to register online too.
The best place to start is to visit our Calendar; there you will find a listing of special weekends, week-long classes as well as Summer Series Workshops and other Special Events. Click on an event and you will be taken to the event page with all the details and registration information. You can also visit our Downloads page for registration forms. You can register for most classes and workshops online.
Mediumship Development Classes are hands on classes taught by Certified Development Teachers with many years of experience. These classes are held in a small group setting. You must contact a Development Teacher of your choosing directly. Go here to view a listing of Mediumship Development Teachers.
You will find all the information related to Church Services by clicking here.