School of Ministry & Leadership

Discover Your Potential

Who We Are


The Canyon Creek Church School of Ministry & Leadership (#CCSOML) exists to develop servant-hearted, Biblically-literate, spiritually disciplined leaders who are practically prepared for ministry in the local church and for life outside of it.

What it is:

The School of Ministry and Leadership (SOML) in strategic partnership with Northwest University, combines practical leadership training with accredited and affordable education from a Christian perspective.


The Director of the school is Maria Lyon, BA, MATh. Di Beals, BA, serves as Pastoral Oversight for the school & Morgan Butcher serves as the Community Life Leader. Student information, registration, and records are managed by the SOML administrator, Katrina Frye.

Degree Options

For full-time program students, Northwest offers a two-year Associate of Arts Degree in partnership with the Canyon Creek School of Ministry and Leadership (an additional Assemblies of God License option is available).

Independent, non-traditional students can take the full catalog of Northwest University online courses and participate in our live classes as they pursue an undergraduate degree through Northwest University at Church Partnership Program rates. See Everything You Need to Know for more information.

What is it Like to be a Full-Time Program Student

The program is rigorous but fun. It runs Tuesday – Thursday from 12:45 until 9pm. A student’s day includes prayer, Bible study, life skills coaching, college classes, and practicum education for college credit. At SOML, students push really hard for seven weeks then take a week off. After another seven week quarter, students take four weeks off. After another semester, students take a four month summer break (the last week of school before summer break is the third week of April). SOML students work hard, play hard, stay on mission and get stuff done. If that sounds like you, then this might be the place for you!

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5 Easy Steps To Apply Online

  1. Complete the SHORT online application with Northwest University HERE
    • This is a Church Partnership Program or CPP.
    • In the first block in the “Program” selection drop-down menu, choose “Associate of Arts.
    • Your “CPP Partner” is “Canyon Creek Church.
    • Under “Previous Education” please be aware this includes both college and high school education. In addition, you may find that your high-school is spelled differently than you expect, so take care to find the correct entry. For example, Snohomish High School is only listed under “Snohomish Senior High School.”
    • You may need to select “add more schools” to complete your education history.

  2. Complete the School of Ministry & Leadership Application Addendum.
  3. Complete the biographical essay (Two-year Full-Time Students Only) and upload HERE.
  4. Send your Christian Friend and Pastoral Reference the associated link below for them to complete:

  5. Click HERE to pay the $50 application fee for the School of Ministry & Leadership

If you have any questions in this process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 425.582.2366, extension 6
  • Address:
    Canyon Creek Church
    Attn: School of Ministry and Leadership
    15117 Main SE Suite B205
    Mill Creek, WA 98012

Important Dates & Links

Important Dates

  • You can start filling out the FAFSA: before October 1st, 2017.
  • Financial Aid Priority Deadline: February 15th, 2018.
  • SOML applications available: Now
  • SOML applications due: May 1st 2018.
  • Fall Orientation & Student Retreat: August 24-25, 2018.
  • Fall classes Start: Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

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