Welcome to Emmanuel Academies, a Naples-based not-for-profit, created to equip future church leaders and provide high-quality theological continuing education.


Emmanuel's 5-Year Pastoral Leadership Degree Program was developed to help address the shortage of pastors and to identify and prepare qualified “called” youth and others from diverse backgrounds to become pastors. Our program is a highly innovative collaboration with nationally recognized, accredited educational partners through which select students earn a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Divinity over a 5-year period.

In this unique program, students study and work in their own communities, which enables them to be nurtured and raised up as leaders in their home churches. Learning is highly experiential, outcome-based, and mentor-oriented.

Through conversations regarding our 5-Year Program, we have learned that there are many adults who feel called to serve their Church but traditional seminary was not an optimal fit based on their circumstances.  I am happy to say that we now offer our Master of Divinity program to adult learners as a stand-alone degreed program for adults at all ages and stages of their lives! 

Through Emmanuel’s Leadership Institute, students have the opportunity to further develop skills in leadership, management, collaboration, and fund raising, preparing them to lead a vibrant community of faith.


This innovative program is significantly less expensive than traditional programs, and thanks to grant funding and the support of generous donors, significant scholarships are available.


We welcome your inquiries to Emmanuel Academies, and I look forward to getting to know you during your journey!


Prof. Howard Isaacson
CEO, Emmanuel Academies

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Our Philosophy

We are an institution that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Our History

Emmanuel Academies is a ministry of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Naples, FL. It was founded in Spring 2017 to develop and implement innovative educational programs to equip a new generation of leaders to preach, teach and reach others for Christ.