Combining breadth, depth, passion, logic, and a clear understanding of Old Testament theology and how the prophecies of the Old Testament point to the person of Christ, the book of Romans is the flagship epistle of apostolic theology. In this class we will dive deeply into the history of the letter, Paul’s intended audience, and the joy-filled beauty of Paul’s understanding and communication of the love and grace of God as expressed in the person of Christ. This is a class not to be missed. Please join us in this time of study and fellowship.
Taught by Dr. Ted Rogers. No prerequisites.

New classes offered

Two new classes are beginning this month, both taught by Dr. Ted Rogers:

The Pentateuch — An exposition of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, with an emphasis on the love and grace of God to mankind. Classes will be held each Tuesday for 7 weeks from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning on July 18.

The Life and Teachings of Jesus (The Gospels) — An exposition of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. Classes will be held each Thursday for 7 weeks from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning on July 20.

Here are the instructions for enrolling in seminary classes through Lakeside Institute of Theology:

  1. To find the Google Classroom for the LIT classes, go to and enter the code svnp6zt.
  2. Choose your level of enrollment. You can enroll for Audit, Certificate, Associate of Divinity, Master of Theology, or Master of Divinity. The level of enrollment you choose will determine the number of credits you will earn and the requirements you will need to meet.
  3. Click on the Google Form for the class you wish to register for and follow the instructions. If you plan to take both classes, you will need to register for each class separately.

If you have trouble with Google Classroom, you can talk to or email Wayne Cook at

Some important changes at LIT

We have an exciting announcement! We have a new Director and Senior Professor at Lakeside Institute of Theology!

Ted Rogers has five Masters degrees and a Ph.D. He taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. See more details about Ted here.

Ted plans to take LIT in a very exciting direction by putting into place more distance learning opportunities and offering our English-language classes in Spanish translation.

He is keeping our vision to train Christian leaders—both in our Lake Chapala community and beyond—so that they can have a better understanding of scripture and doctrine and can pass that knowledge on to others.

Stay tuned for further announcements about new classes being offered beginning in July.

Celebration of Life for Ross Arnold

Pastor Ross Arnold went home to be with Jesus on Monday, January 14. “Home” has always been a word full of meaning for Ross. He would often say that, if he ever wrote a book, it would be on the theology of home. It was also the word he repeated most during his last day. He was ready.

On Saturday, January 26, at 1 p.m., we are planning a Celebration of Life service for Ross here at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Afterward, we will have a time of fellowship and refreshments in the courtyard, when we can share our memories of Ross.

After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, Ross worked for several years with World Vision, Joni and Friends and other Christian ministries before settling in Seattle, Washington, in 1989. Over the next 20 years, Ross had a teaching role at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, where he was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. During this time he pursued further graduate studies in theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was ordained through Church Ministry Associates. In November 2009 Ross and his wife, Carolyn Hansen, moved to Lakeside and immediately became involved with Lakeside Presbyterian Church. After several months of teaching a Bible study for the church, Ross was invited to become the pastor in April 2010.

Our website is available

Classes started on September 10. And it’s been so exciting to see what’s been happening! We have more than 50 students in three classes.

This website will allow you to get class notes and watch the videos we’ve been recording.

Leave a comment here if there’s anything else we can add to the site.