ACEA is a network of Christian educators and Christian training programs & schools. We exist to provide both credibility through accountabiliy or credibility through association. We do this through ​​developing Christ-honoring relationships, sharing expertise and resources through forums, panel discussions, and plenary lectures by such world renown speakers as Dr. C. Peter Wagner & Dr. Larry Krieder.

History of ACEA


​Since then ACEA has served its members by providing a yearly summit where members gather to build relationships and discuss relevant issues related to education. ACEA has also developed a helpful process for peer review that member schools/training programs can access to help assess each schools mission and goals.

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About Us
​Dr. C. Peter Wagner founded the organization, originally called the Apostolic Council for Educational Accountability, in 1998. It’s original purpose was to provide schools/training programs identified with the New Apostolic Reformation a creative alternative way to establish credibility through accountable relationships. From the very beginning, a wide range of educators serving those schools/training programs saw the value of networking together and helping each other. Some represented accredited universities while others represented church-based training schools. Most agreed that seeking traditional accreditation was not in their best interest and many were looking for an alternative.
In 2009, Dr. Wagner appointed Dr. Leo Lawson as the new Presiding Apostle of ACEA. Dr. Wagner continues to be involved as the emeritus founder, releasing him from being involved in the direct administration of ACEA. Dr. Leo Lawson and the Executive Council remain eternally grateful to Dr. Wagner for his leadership and continued friendship.

In 2010, the Executive Council agreed to expand the scope of ACEA. We had been previously only a network of schools, but now we have added a membership for professionals. The Executive Council wanted to provide a means for individuals that were not part of member schools to take advantage of the networking and resource opportunities.

We Currently Offer Membership to Two Networks

ACEA offers two membership networks in order to better serve your needs. We offer membership in the ACEA-Professionals Society and we offer membership in the ACEA-Schools Network.

ACEA-Professionals Society is designed for individual Christian educators and administrators interested in networking with other education professionals who are seeking to grow in their Christian impact and professional development. For more information on ACEA-Professionals Society, navigate to our Professionals webpage.

ACEA-Schools Network is designed for adult Christian colleges/schools/training programs that are looking for a way to build credibility through accountability outside of traditional accrediting organizations. Our schools network provides a creative alternative to accreditation using relationship-based peer reviews to provide invited accountability as desired.

Click here for a letter from the President of ACEA Dr. Leo Lawson
ACEA Executive Council
Dr. Leo Lawson

​A​CEA Int’l President;
​EN International Educational Consultant; ICECAP Director
Dr. Tim Hamon

CEO of ACEA International, CEO of Christian International Ministries Network and President of the CI Equipping Network.
Brian Sauder

ACEA Executive VP, Treasurer, and Director of Peer Reviews – Brian Sauder currently serves on the International Apostolic Council of DOVE Christian Fellowship and directs the DOVE Training Schools.
Ken Malmin

Director of ACEA Professionals Association – Ken Malmin serves as Dean and Professor of Theology at Portland Bible College.
Drew Brown

Director of ACEA International Peer Reviews and Web Manager – Drew Brown is the Operational Director of Prepare International.
Dr. Ian Bond

Director of ACEA Peer-Reviewed Writings – Dr. Ian Bond serves as Director of the Office of International Education and Outreach at Columbus Technical College in Columbus, GA.
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Catherine M. Lovett, PhD, ABD

COO of ACEA International, Professor at University of Phoenix, Marketing and Resource Development at CI Ministries Network.