DMin Student/BTS Staff Celebrates 25 Years in Ministry
Congratulations to our own Rev. Michael Heath as he celebrates 25 Years as an ordained minister and 3 years as pastor of Living Waters.
The Philadelphia Tribune recently featured Rev. Mike and the church story. With sermon titles like “Jesus and his Thugs” and community engagement that meeting real needs, it’s no wonder that the church is reaching many in the culture with the gospel as it continues to grow.
BTS is excited to have Michael on the recruiting staff. His is a graduate of the LEAD Master of Divinity program and is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry at BTS.
We're excited to be sharing your program with prospective students!
Urban LEAD MDiv Students Get First Hand Global Perspective
How can one truly comprehend another man’s journey without first walking a mile in his shoes? While this old adage may seem simplistic, it is this hands-on perspective to ministry that is at the heart of Biblical’s Intercultural Ministry Experience (IME).
This past summer, Cohort 19 had the opportunity to spend a week in Uganda for their IME, ministering together with several national pastors to foster a missional community throughout their region of East Africa. During this time, Cohort 19 met with pastors from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, Tanzania, and South Sudan. Their unique interactions with each of these pastors helped enhance the students’ understanding of what it means to minister on a global scale.
The Fruits of Fellowship: Pastor Wachira
Early in their week in Uganda, students were reminded of the importance of working as a collective group, utilizing their diverse backgrounds and experiences to form a diverse collective. As a mighty cooperative, they focused their attention on God’s presence: seeking his purpose and listening for his voice. Such collaborative interactions produced an atmosphere rich with fellowship, as all present came to appreciate their need for each other in the global community.
Realistically, it can be challenging to work together with our differences; however, the experience is entirely richer for the endeavor.
Pastor Wachira of PACE Ministries summarized this sentiment well: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In Uganda, Cohort 19 experienced pastors from seven nations learning to go together, as they themselves were learning to do the same. From this intimate fellowship, students came to realize how much we as Christians need each other in ministry and in life.
Servant Eyes: Pastor Micah
Later in the week, Cohort 19 visited the University Community Fellowship (UCF) church, which ministers predominantly to college students in the surrounding area. UCF’s mission is to meet young people where they are, disciple them, and equip them with practical skills for life and ministry.
During this excursion, students attended a Bible Study at UCF where they shared testimonies as well as a message. In addition, Pastor Micah Rwothumio, host pastor at UCF, shared how God is teaching him that godly leaders must have “servant eyes” to accompany their servant hearts. These “servant eyes” allow leaders to see the gaps, or practical needs, in the lives of people to whom they are ministering. As such, Pastor Micah is seeking to meet these needs in the lives of his congregation and the local community, by empowering young people to take action and make a practical difference that opens the door for spiritual growth. Consequently, this next generation of leaders is reaching beyond the doors of the church, to the local community and ultimately to the world.
Hope, Not Fear: Pastor Darius
On the morning of July 4th, independence was the theme of the day. Cohort 19 heard from pastors from four East African nations, who shared about life and ministry specific to their home nation. As one ministers in the global community, there are undoubtedly going to be obstacles to the gospel: famine, political unrest, displacement from generations of war, and the list goes on.
With such great turmoil throughout the East African region, it would be easy for these pastors to be discouraged. Yet despite these hurdles, many of these African pastors exuded a great sense of hope, choosing to focus on how God is transforming their nations. In this land that much of the world has been taught to fear and distrust, Pastor Darius proclaimed, “I LOVE my country! Sometimes when I pray…I cry.” His brokenness for his country was contagious, as Cohort 19 shared his passion for the lost.
For those Christians who have ministered globally, the power of prayer can never be under-estimated. Therefore, continue to pray specifically for these nations: Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, Tanzania, and South Sudan. Pray that they continue to become more stable in their young independence. Pray for these seven pastors as they strive to “go together,” that the fruits of their fellowship would be tangible and lasting. Pray that their “servant eyes” will see as Christ sees, and that the needs that are uncovered would be met both physically and spiritually. In the end, praise God for the indescribable work He has begun in East Africa and will see to completion.
Text adapted from accounts submitted by several Cohort 19 members: Kenyatta Rush, Chris Owens and Rob Marshall.
BTS Featured at WFIL Event
On Saturday, October 25th, LEAD Master of Divinity cohort president Monica Hall represented Biblical Seminary at the Power of Friendship Luncheon at Family Worship Center in Lansdale, PA. Over 100 hundred women attended this event that was sponsored by WFIL AM 560 and Daily Disciples Ministries, Inc.
Monica spoke to 40+ women and generated interest about Biblical Seminary and what we have to offer. Speakers Bobbye Brooks and Tonilee Adamson shared their powerful testimonies about their friendship and keynote speaker, Leslie Martin, gave a message empowering women to step into their calling and be used by God.
Dr. Dave Dunbar is teaching a new course this winter term
The Theology and Practices of the Spiritual Life
Here’s a snapshot of the course from Dr. Dunbar:
“The Gospel invites the disciples of Jesus into the life of the Kingdom of God, not only a future hope but a present reality. This course will examine what a kingdom life
looks like and how we might actually expect to engage in such a life. Students will reflect on biblical materials and readings from the traditions of Christian
spirituality and will also experiment with selected practices that followers of Jesus have found helpful for cultivating growth in Christ-likeness.”
Thursday, 4:30 – 7:30 pm, starting January 15, 2015
Dr. Phil Monroe Featured in ABC Documentary "Hope Rising"
Biblical Seminary’s Global Trauma Recovery Institute has partnered with American Bible Society to bring hope to those who have suffered severely in other parts of the world.
Dr. Phil Monroe and Dr. Diane Langberg co-chair the Trauma Healing Advisory Council for the American Bible Society. They work to ensure that the Scripture-based trauma healing programs uphold the highest standards of biblical scholarship and mental health practice. Phil and Diane advise on program design, curriculum materials, training research and related disciples.
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Dave Lamb Adds the E-Beam
Dr. David Lamb has added a new feature to his lively Reading the OT Missionally class on Mondays. In addition to his teaching from the Word, he is teaching students to use our new E-Beam technology to highlight the biblical text for classroom discussion.
Pictured from the left are students Janice Nader, Amy Ruhf, and Jason Craig as they look at Joshua 2, the story of Jericho and Rahab.
Charles Zimmerman to speak at Camp-of-the-Woods
Our own Dr. Charles Zimmerman will be the speaker at Camp-of-the-Woods the week of July 11-18, 2015.
Charles joins Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Rev. Alistair Begg as the top three promoted chapel speakers in the series which covers 10 weeks during the summer.
Dr. Karen Sawyer Elected Chair of the Biblical Seminary Board of Trustees
PHILADELPHIA, October 14, 2014—The Board of Trustees of Biblical Seminary elected Dr. Karen Sawyer to serve as the eighth board chair in its 43-year history. Dr. Sawyer is the seminary’s first female board chair, succeeding Mr. Joe Longo (MA ’90), a businessman from New Jersey. Mr. Longo will remain on the seminary board.
Dr. Karen Sawyer, assistant professor in physical therapy at Arcadia University, graduated from Biblical Seminary’s counseling program in 1991 and has been on the board since 1994. “BTS is trying to reach out in new ways to marginalized people. To follow the heartbeat of God is to be in the margins of society with the poor, destitute, sick, economically deprived, and abused. We should be who he is. I see that the seminary is doing this, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it… I work with an amazing group of people on the board. I love it,” said Sawyer.
Sawyer brings a wealth of experience. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Arcadia, she also counsels and oversees student service trips to Jamaica, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Morocco as a part of curriculum requirements for an experiential program she developed. Over 250 Arcadia students have provided care to men, women, and children with neurological disabilities and some with orthopedic problems. In 2004, Sawyer led efforts to launch a clinic in St. Elizabeth Parish where one of her students has served since graduating.
“Karen’s humility and wisdom characterize her leadership style. I look forward to working alongside of her in this next season of the seminary’s ministry. I’m honored she accepted the invitation,” said Dr. Frank A. James III, President of Biblical Seminary.
Mr. Timothy Haahs, elected as vice chair, joined the board of trustees in 2008. He is the president and CEO of TimHaahs, a multi-disciplined engineering and architectural design firm. He is also the founding pastor of Calvary Vision Church.
“Tim is one of the remarkable leaders of our generation. He strives for excellence in every realm of his life. As both a business leader and a pastor, he points others to Jesus,” said Thom Skinner, Vice President for Development.
Biblical Seminary, established in 1971, is an evangelical seminary committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and a generously orthodox Christian faith for the purpose of preparing missional leaders to serve the church. Biblical Seminary offers graduate degrees and certificates in divinity, theology, biblical studies, counseling, and ministry.
Frank James joins Philadelphia Union League
BTS President Frank James is pictured below with his spouse, author Carolyn Custis James, at a recent gathering of the Union League of Philadelphia of which Frank is a member.
Members represent the Philadelphia region's leaders in business, education, technology, healthcare, law, government, religion, art and culture.
Frank’s connection with city leaders supports the BTS commitment to the city of Philadelphia.