Lay Preacher training August 15, 2017 e-Connections, Formation The diocese offers a Lay Preacher training program for those who feel called to this ministry and are supported in doing so by their rector, or priest-in-charge, and congregation. The program runs for two years with classes meeting at Procter, usually on the second Saturday, from September through May. If you are interested in the program an application form is available on the diocesan website. Also, please contact the lead trainer, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to express your interest.