In the 14th century, brand new radical converts to Christianity were called “neophytes” (from Greek neophytos: newly planted, newly converted) and were often assigned to a more seasoned believer to guide them through their first couple years as a follower of Jesus.  We have seen a generation of people who are not being impacted by the church and are indifferent or hostile to the idea of God. This generation is not interested in ritualistic, rhetorical religion—they want something real.


There's no better way to explain NEO Academy! We ask students to set aside two years of their life to study and train with passionate pastors and leaders, so they can be sent out to make a difference for Christ in this world.  NEO is not a typical “bible college” but an apprenticeship in which students learn by experience, hands-on training and mentoring. It is designed to guide young people toward becoming what they believe – becoming more like Jesus and becoming the person God created them to be. As part of a church that has unconventional methods and passionate convictions, we focus on equipping students in practical, relational, and innovative ministry.

“NEO” also has special meaning as it represents North East Ohio, which is so strong on our heart, and the reason we came back to the Mahoning Valley to start The Movement.

One thing we can guarantee as you being your journey with NEO—your life will be forever changed. 

We're glad you're here! We pray God absolutely wrecks your world. We anticipate God's best to come over the next two years for you. 

A slave bought at a price,

Doug Garasic
Vision Pastor, The Movement



Semester cost (payment in full): $1,237.50

Semester cost (with SSCU loan): $1,375.00

Students have options to pay semester in full or acquire loan at Seven Seventeen Credit Union (SSCU). SSCU is offering lower than normal payments for Neo students. Students must be enrolled in Neo Academy to qualify for the reduced payment and will have to refinance the loan when it reaches the balloon date which is about six months after the student completes or leaves the program. SSCU will be notified when either of these events occur.



Full Time

NEO Academy is designed to be a two year, four semester program launching ministry-minded students into various forms and facets of ministry. Students are trained & mentored by active ministry leaders of The Movement, participating in real-life, hands-on ministry during their time at NEO. The goal is to place students in ministry positions (not necessarily paid) at the end of their time at NEO Academy.  

part time

We realize that not everyone has the availability to commit to a full time class schedule. Neo Academy offers Neo Academy Short Courses that take place on Thursdays at 6pm. The courses are an 8 week program that dives into a single subject. 

In order to graduate, a student must complete 100 credit hours. 40 hours of coursework; 40 hours of weekend worship experiences and outreaches; 20 hours of events (Dream Center Gala, Christmas Experiences, Eggs in the Mall, etc…) The goal is for students to accomplish this in four 16-week semesters.


Nathan Pearson
Neo Academy Director

Zaida McGarry
Finance Coordinator


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