The school Summer break is almost over and it is about that time of the year to welcome returning students on campus as well as newly admitted students for this Academic Year 2017-2018, beginning on June 13.  The seminary was as occupied during the summer as it has been in the regular school days.

 Supervised Ministry Internship.  A total of 42 students went for Internship this summer 2016, deployed as follows:

24 Students were assigned in local churches in the Luzon (2), Visayas (1), and in the Mindanao (3) regions
12 students for local church assignments in other countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the USA
3 students for Asia Vision Short Term Missions (AVSTM)
2 students for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)-Philippines
1 student for CPE-USA

Events.  The seminary faculty and staff actively participated in both the seminary hosted conferences, and in church and institutional related undertakings.

March 24-25 The two-day annual faculty meeting was held immediately after the graduation ceremony. Thanks to our faculty, spearheaded by our able Academic Dean Dr. Michael Janapin, for ensuring the quality and improvement of theological education at PBTS.
April 23-26 The Second Dayot and Dickens Conference for pastors and church leaders focused in the area of Pastoral Care with the theme, “The Beatitudes:  Healing from the Inside Out.” The lecturer was Dr. Douglas Dickens of the Gardner Webb University, North Carolina, USA.
April 26-28 Third Global Associates for Transformational Education (GATE) Conference held at PBTS campus. This is a four-year training program where PBTS Faculty enhanced their skills in teaching ministry.
April 11-22 Summer Institute.  Total enrollment:  25 students.
June 10 Annual faculty and staff recreation and retreat.  This year’s joint faculty and staff outing was held at Pugad, La Union.  Aside from the President’s update reports and important announcements, the group just enjoyed swimming, strolling and mesmerizing the beauty of nature, while some experienced zip lining and water adventures (pool basketball, etc).  Of course, indulging in food is an inescapable part.  Thanks to the canteen staff for preparing delicious lunch and snacks!

The Supervised Ministry Program (formerly Field Education) Director, Dr. Gilbert Montecastro, visited students in their local church ministry involvement. Moreover, two of the faculty members (Mr. Jimmy and Dr. Nori Lacquian) joined the Asia Vision Short Term Missions and were assigned to teach short term classes and music trainings in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam.  Dr. Will Kwon, the Director of the AVSTM, spent time flying from one place and country to another just to make sure every AVSTMer is “behaving” and doing his/her respective mission.

Academic Matters:  Joining the PBTS family as regular teaching faculty members beginning in June 2017 are Dr. Jessica Raposa (Christian Education) and Mr. Jeannard Ticong (Music).  Dr. Raposa had served formerly as the Seminary Dorm and Events Supervisor and was moved as contractual faculty after completing her Doctor of Theology in 2015 at Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary.   While Mr. Ticong has just completed his two-year teaching contract.  Also the seminary has invited new three full-time contractual faculty for the opening of the school year:  Miss Ryan Leal, Miss Joanna Mae Zambrano, and Mr. Fritzgerald Melodi.  Both Ms. Leal and Miss Zambrano will be teaching in the Music Department.  Mr. Melodi will be teaching and at the same time serving as the Seminary Webmaster.

Dr. Robert and Celia Munson are also coming in as missionary faculty for PBTS. The couple have been teaching occasionally at PBTS for the past few years.  They are both involved in the Bukal Life Care ministry.

President Dr. Armand Canoy and the Academic Dean Dr. Michael Janapin travelled to Singapore from June 5 to 8, 2017 to be at the awarding ceremony of PBTS as official member of the International Council for Higher Education (ICHE).  The membership will help advance PBTS in upgrading its standard as a theological seminary.

PRAYER CONCERNS

  • Seminary Education by Extension program expansion in the USA, Africa and in Australia
  • Safe arrival of returning and new students for this first semester
  • More students for seminary education and sponsors for student scholarships
  • Student body, faculty, and staff
  • Approval of BIR revalidation of tax exemption certification

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