We are committed to effectively equipping  believers to bring glory to God, ensuring that youth and adults come to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.

We've been equipping believers for over 70 years!

Our legacy began with Reverend John Theisen, then Pastor of Northwestern Gospel Church in Detroit, under the auspices of the Detroit Christian Businessmen’s Association, to form a group to encourage the growth of Sunday Schools. That first step of faith Monday evening, June 24, 1946, at the downtown Detroit YMCA was originally called the Greater Detroit Sunday School Association. As efforts reached beyond the Detroit metro area to Lansing, Saginaw, Port Huron, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Traverse City, and Iron Mountain we became the Michigan Sunday School Association. Later, in the late 1970's, when mini-conventions began to be held in Toronto, Manitoba, St. Catherines, Winnipeg, Newfoundland, Canada, it became clear that God's plan for the organization had an international scope, we became the International Christian Education Association.


For more than seven decades, God has seen fit to provide ICEA with leaders and teachers with passion to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by serving churches and para-church organizations. Today, as the truth of God's Word in 2 Timothy 3:1-6 unfolds all around us, we choose to  renew our commitment. We stand upon the legacy of those who have gone before us, and continue to provide training to this generation that equips the Body of Christ to share the truth and love, as well as the mercy and grace of Christ using every tool available to us.

Biblically sound Christian training is needed now more than ever before!

Doctrinal Statement


  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.


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