Embassy School of Ministry

Raising Up Kingdom Leaders in the 21st Century

Welcome to the Embassy School of Ministry website. Please note that this site is in beta mode pending the development of our courses, receipt of religious exemption and the final authorization of membership standing with the International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries. At this time, we are officially granted "Applicant Status" with IABCS and have made application for religious exemption in the state of Arkansas. Our goal is to open the school for student enrollments in the fall of 2019.

In 2014, after thirty years of Biblical education, Dr. Ron Cottle passed the mantle of the Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLST) to his spiritual son, Dr. Randal Langley. He felt that this season of his life had reached a successful conclusion and he could enjoy the fruits of his labors and relax a bit. He was wrong about that.

By early 2017, Dr. Cottle found himself surrounded by a new group of apostolic sons and daughters. Among that group of spiritual sons was Thomas Hale, the former Academic Dean of the Christian Life School of Theology in the 1990's. Consequently, a fresh vision for building another “Kingdom Embassy” to train the emerging generation of God's leaders was conceived.

In 2018, the Embassy School of Ministry (ESOM) was brought into existence with a goal to raise up strong leaders and Christian workers to fulfill the scriptural mission of the Church. The principal purpose of the Embassy School of Ministry is the establishment and maintenance of a program of education for the members and constituents of local churches (apostolic training centers) involved in in-depth studies in Bible, Counseling, Christian Development, Church Growth, Apostolic Architecture and related subjects.


ESOM functions as a single educational resource with two focal points:

Training Centers (Cohort Students) - Groups of individually enrolled students meeting in affiliated ESOM Training Centers led by a Training Center Director. These students may watch the video portions of the curriculum together and engage in group learning models. ESOM Training Centers get a branded school web-page and participate in tuition sharing. Also, ESOM manages all Training Center administration (Registration, Student Records, Advanced Standing Evaluations, Transcripts, Grading, Course Materials and Accounting).

For more information about becoming a Training Center, Contact Dean Thomas Hale @ thomas@roncottleministries.com.

Single Students -- Individually enrolled students taking ESOM courses by themselves. In this case, the individual student interacts with the course curriculum in a solo setting and acts and relates as a single student in regard to the Embassy School of Ministry.



○ Earn Diplomas, Certificates & Degrees
○ $25 Cost Per Quarter Unit of Credit
○ Advanced Standing Available
○ Online Curriculum Available 24/7
○ Courses by Dr. Cottle's All-Star Faculty

For a complete description of the history, goals, objectives, accreditation, faculty, courses, student policies and academic program, please see the ESOM Student Catalog by clicking the image below.



The Embassy School of Ministry is an independent educational ministry and is thoroughly biblical in its philosophy of education. ESOM is NOT recognized or accredited by any academic accrediting agencies, regional or national. ESOM is NOT A FULLY ACCREDITED INSTITUTION, i.e., it is not recognized by the United States Department of Education or by CHEA, Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

If one’s purpose in seeking an education is for a related field within Christian ministry, secular (government) accreditation is usually not necessary nor required. Most Christian churches and ministries recognize credible Christian education regardless of formal accreditation. Dr. Cottle’s work as a Christian Educator is known around the world and he has a reputation for excellence in all that he does. ESOM captures the best of that work.

Dr. Ron and Joanne Cottle

Dr. Ron Cottle is the President and Founder of the Embassy School of Ministry. A renowned teacher of the Bible and Christian educator, he received a diploma in Theology from Southeastern Bible Institute, Lakeland, Florida, a B.A. in English-Religion from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, the Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, and the Ph.D. in Religion and the Master of Science in Education and the Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He also has been awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree as a lifetime achievement award.

Dr. Cottle is the founder of the Christian Life School of Theology, a world-wide network of distance learning Bible schools, founder of Beacon University and former President of the Assemblies of God Graduate School in Springfield, Missouri. He has published over fifty books and numerous scholarly articles. His books include: commentaries on Galatians, The Lord’s Prayer, The Beatitudes, Romans, as well as two books on the life of David: Anointed to Reign I and II. Most recently he has written on the New Apostolic Reformation: Leading Transition; The Joining of the Lord (on spiritual fathers and sons); Designing and Building Leadership Teams; Servant Leadership; The Firstfruits Lifestyle; and many others. He is a member of the International Coalition of Apostles (ICAL).

Dr. Cottle is from Columbus, Georgia where he and Joanne, his wife of sixty-plus years are currently living. After serving in the ministry for over 60 years, he still travels, preaches, and teaches through his ministry, Ron Cottle Ministries.


Admission to ESOM is governed by procedures developed by the ESOM Academic Team. The prospective student is assessed according to academic background, personal testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ and a sincere desire to study the Scriptures. If the applicant meets the required standards in these areas, he/she is admitted to the school. Applicants for admission are considered without regard to sex, race, National or ethnic origin, or handicap. For complete information about becoming an ESOM student, please see the Student Catalog.

Click the link below to access the online student application. After you submit the application form, you will be directed back to this page. There is a one-time, $25.00 non-refundable application fee for all new students. Click the link below to pay the application fee.

Pay Student Application Fee - $25.00

He (Jesus) said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." (Matthew 13:52)