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Cape Town Baptist Seminary
Greeting from Cape Town Baptist Seminary
At Cape Town Baptist Seminary (CTBS) training the Head, Heart and Hands for effective ministry are the criteria by which every subject is taught. The privilege to train men and women who are participating with God on His mission is a responsibility that we at CTBS take very seriously. Being based in Africa, for Africa to the world, we are theologically contextual, biblically-centred and Holy Spirit directed. Since 1974 we have had the privilege of witnessing over 550 of our graduates serve as pastors, theologians, missionaries, teachers and also as market place minsters, both nationally and internationally and we continue with that focus preparing workers for the harvest.
Like any academic institution, transition or change is part of the dynamics of the organisation. After 21 years of exceptional service to Cape Town Baptist Seminary, first as the Registrar and for the last 13 years serving as Principal of CTBS, we bid farewell to Dr Linzay Rinquest who takes on a position at Scholar Leaders, serving seminaries in the global South. We know that the skill and expertise that Dr Rinquest possess will benefit seminaries at a global level. We also bid farewell to Dr Paul Hartwig who served at CTBS for six years. Dr Hartwig however, will continue to serve as an adjunct faculty at CTBS. We wish him well on this new dispensation as he pursues the possibility of writing a theological text.
The BoD appointed Prof. Dr Godfrey Harold as Interim Principal as at the 1 January 2020 until the amalgamation with Baptist Theological College (BTC), which will take place later this year. The amalgamation with BTC will enable CTBS to offer an online BA in Theology and Master Degrees. We look forward to this new dispensation of shared human and capital resources at both institutions.
Understanding the trend over the last few years, we have noticed, the growing interest and larger intake of students into our 5- year Bachelor of Ministry evening school program. This led to intensive discussion and strategic decision and planning to make it possible to offer a 4- year evening Bachelor of Theology program. We are looking forward to this strategic implementation as it will enable us to diversify our theological offering to include a Bachelors in Theology Degree with a Counselling emphasis. Another development worthy of mention is that the Pulse Program at CTBS will be offered during the day and evening, as of next year. We thank God for Director of Pulse, Rev Vernon Williams, who oversees this initiative.
We also want to congratulate the following colleagues Dr Ronnie Davis and Mrs Sharene de Lange for their 20-year service at CTBS, Mrs Cynthia Pland 15 years and Rev. Vernon Williams for 10 years of service. We thank God for these colleagues, who see their service as a call to serve the greater body of Christ through academics.
This year (2019) 13 students graduated with the Bachelor's degree, and 45 Pulse students received certificates for a Short Course in Pastoral Ministry. Despite the tough economic climate, we thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord for the faithfulness of our financial and prayer supporters. This year we inistuted a D’eigo Scholarship Fund for Baptist Students. The scholarship will cover the full tuition cost for four years of the successful applicant. We will also be offering two scholarship of 50% of tuition fees to two successful applicants on the evening program. It is through the generous bequest of Mrs D’iego that these scholarships are made available to students. We are trusting God for the 2020 intake to have 30 new students registering at CTBS. Your continued prayerful and financial support enables the seminary to continue to be of service to God and His kingdom as we prepare men and women for God’s mission.
Lastly, on behalf of the faculty and staff, we want to wish you and your family God blessing as we remember the incarnation of God becoming a man in Christ Jesus, the hope of the world.
Yours in Christ
Prof. Dr Godfrey Harold