Raintree Institute

Raintree Institute exists to equip God’s people for gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and how a biblical worldview directly impacts how Christians live in the world today.

Which classes should I take?

Students can take individual classes as they please, or they can set as a goal to complete 8 of the 10 classes offered to receive a Certificate of Leadership Development from Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City.


 Classes to be offered

  • Christian Doctrine I
  • Christian Doctrine II
  • Church History I (Early Church to Reformation)
  • Church History II (Reformation to Now)
  • New Testament Survey
  • Old Testament Survey
  • Personal Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Global Missions
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • World Religions

Classes offered Fall & Spring of 2019

Fall 2018

  • Church History I (Early Church to Reformation)
    • Teacher: Ryan Gilbert
    • Time: Sundays 5-6:30pm.
    • Dates: 9/23 thru 12/16 (no class on 11/4)
  • Christian Doctrine I
    • Teacher: Jim Lucht
    • Tim: Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
    • Dates: 9/5 to 12/19 (no class on 10/31 or 11/14)

Spring 2019

  • Church History II (Reformation to Today)
    • Teacher: Ryan Gilbert
    • Time: Sundays 5-6:30pm
    • Dates: 1/13 to 4/14 (no class on 3/3)
  • Christian Doctrine II
    • Teacher: Jim Lucht
    • Time: Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
    • Dates: 1/9 to 4/24 (14 wks)

Coming Soon

  • Global Missions
    • Teacher: Vergil Nelson


  • If you wish to pursue a certificate in Leadership from Midwestern with these classes, each class is $20, which covers the cost for your textbook.
  • If not, you are welcome to still be part of any class, with or without a textbook. The first night of each class we will cover information on the textbooks.

Jim Lucht

Jim has over 23 years of experience in pastoral ministry, and has taught psychology and Christian Education classes part-time at Calvary University in Kansas City.  He has 2 Bachelors of Arts: one in Christian Education from Calvary University, and one in Psychology from Biola University. He also has a Masters of Science in Psychology from the University of Nebraska- Omaha.

Ryan Gilbert

Ryan has been Raintree’s Lead Pastor since 2015. He has about 10 years of experience in full-time pastoral ministry. He has a Bachelors of Music from TCU, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology (with a focus on eschatology) at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City.

Vergil Nelson

Vergil and his wife Kathy retired from being missionaries with TEAM for 38 years in Taiwan. They are regularly involved in missionary training events and conferences, and travel to Indonesia 4-5 weeks out of the year.

Sign Up for Fall 2018

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