why scsl?


When looking for a post-high school options, or looking at taking a gap year, remember that not all programs, whether Christian or secular, are created equal. 

See what makes us different

ins and outs


SCSL's program takes you on a path from establishing your identity in Christ, to ministry preparation. Learn to process your past, learn leadership skills and much more.

See the yearly breakdown of the program

scsl staff


South Carolina School of Leadership's program is home to a world-class staff. Leaders with over 25 years of experience who will help you along your journey.

Meet the SCSL staff

note from the director

At SCSL we strive to build upon the Biblical foundation laid by parents and pastors. It is our privilege to join students in their journey to establish a solid Biblical worldview upon which they can build their life. Our goal is to equip and train our students for a life of ministry in the home, church and community.

The first year program of SCSL will equip students for life personally and professionally. For those accepted into the second year program, our focus is turned toward leadership development and local church ministry training. Upon completion of the second year, students may become licensed and credentialed through the Assemblies of God.

SCSL has a strong academic focus. Please refer to the academic section of our website for a list of classes.  These courses are taught by the Pastoral staff of Christian Life, some of whom have their doctorate. They will receive both classroom training and hands on experience—the combination of which gives students invaluable experience for local church ministry.

At SCSL, we believe continuing education can play a key element in a student’s success in life. Unfortunately, our academics and talent can often take us where our character can’t hold us. We are committed to build and strengthen students both in academics and in character. One of our former students' parent said, “[SCSL] teaches students everything that college doesn’t.” It has been encouraging to see the life change students experience and to hear the testimonies of parents as a result of the SCSL program.


Pastor Darren Hileman


Hello to our SCSL family,

I wanted to update everyone as to the situation with the SCSL students and the floods in Columbia, SC.  We feel the students are currently safe.  They have water, electricity and are able to get to the grocery store.  If students are mandated by the property management of the apartment complex or by local authorities we have looked into three temporary housing options; housing students with different families within the church, housing students in a gym of another local church or housing students at the Assemblies of God campground.  Classes were cancelled today and students will be notified as to when they will resume.  Know that we are doing our best to think ahead and take care of our students.  

Please keep us in your prayers as we look to take care of the SCSL students and look for ways in which we can serve and minister to our community during this time of need.   

- Pastor Darren