Academic Matters

First Semester Enrollment, SY 2017-2018

1. Resident School:

 First year    47
 Second Year    28
 Third Year    28
 Part-Time      7
 Audit      1
 Total  111

2.  Seminary Education by Extension Enrollment (S.E.E.):    113

3.  Graduate School (Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary):

Under Academic Course Work 15
Under Research and writing 16
Total 31

4.   English as a Second Language (ESL):   26 students

Theological Education Matters

Dr. Armand Canoy, PBTS president, made a trip to Australia with his family in July 2017 through the invitation of one of the PBTS alumni.  The main purpose of the journey was to explore the possible establishment of a Seminary Education by Extension programs in Sydney and in Melbourne.  As a result of the visit, Pakenham Baptist Church in Melbourne will soon open a SEE center.  Dr. Canoy has the opportunity also to visit other seminary alumni and to preach in different Filipino churches for seminary development and support.

Two S.E.E. centers were started recently in Cavite and in Laguna.

Faculty Matters

There are two faculty members who are scheduled for sabbatical leave this second semester:

  1. Dr. Gilbert Montecastro, who is now on a one-month leave (September 2017) to attend the Haggai Institute Development training in Maui, Hawaii.
  2. Dr. Waldo Raposa will spend his one year sabbatical leave in New Zealand beginning October 2017. Part of his sabbatical trip is to help organize a S.E.E. center in Christchurch.

Visiting Faculty during the First Semester are:

  1. Paul Kelly, Gateway Seminary, Ontario, CA – Convocation speaker at the opening of the school year and also a resource speaker of the Doctor of Ministry program seminar for PBTS and ABGTS faculty members.
  2. Ed Landers of Samford University, Birmingham, AL – provided training and workshop in Church Media for Global Ministry for faculty and students.

Dr. Armando- Dr. Canoy will launch his fifth book “Church Member Nga Ba O Assuming Lang?” at Manila International Book Fair this Friday, September 15, 2017.

Seminary Events

“PBTS@65!”  Yes, the PBTS celebrated its 65th anniversary last July 14. The seminary community–faculty, staff, students, and guests which included the local pastors gathered at the amphitheater for thanksgiving service.  President emeritus Dr. Alfredo Saure wholeheartedly addressed the core values of PBTS–People Oriented, Baptist Heritage, Theologically Sound, and Spirit Field as he pointed out biblically based teachings and doctrines of our Christian faith.

This year’s Spiritual Emphasis Week (S.E.W.) was held on August 29 until September 1, 2017.  Rev. Jonathan Edwards Banzuelo, guest preacher, devoted his messages on the theme “Suit Up and Sweat Out (Eph. 6:11).”

Facility Improvement

The PBTS gym was reopened on September 1st after almost three months of major repairs done in the flooring.  It is now enhanced with rubberized paint which believe will give satisfaction for the gym users.  The PBTS is very much grateful to various donors.

Community Ministry

On August 7 to 13, 2017, the PBTS was involved with medical mission outreach in the three local churches in different barangays.  This is in partnership with United Baptist Church, Carson, California.  Free medical and dental services as well as free medicines and vitamins were provided to almost 450 patients.  Soul-winning and evangelism was part of the mission involving seminary staff and students along with the local church members.

At the same time during this period, the seminary also hosted the “Pastors’ Discipleship Training” wherein the key leaders of the United Baptist Church were the featured speakers and facilitators. Sixty pastors and church workers, mostly from the Baptist Cordillera Association in Baguio-Benguet, attended the two days training.  Give-away books on discipleship were distributed during the last day of the seminar.

Prayer Requests

  1. Successful sabbatical leave of Dr. Gilbert Montecastro and Dr. Waldo Raposa. Also for safety of their family while they are away.
  2. More students for seminary education and sponsors for student scholarships.
  3. Student body, faculty, and staff.
  4. Approval of BIR revalidation of tax exemption certification.


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