The year 2018 was opened with the holding of the Lide-Walker Bible Conference of the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary on January 8-10. This is an annual conference sponsored by the seminary for the spiritual rejuvenation of pastors, church workers and leaders. There were 654 registered delegates from the various regions of the country. Dr. Guy and Roxanna Grimes from California, featured speakers, spoke on the topic “Foundations for Healthy and Lasting Relationships.”
Subsequently the 5th Seminary Theological Education Summit was held on January 11, 2018 where Dr. Guy Grime was also the invited lecturer. The theme is “Zealousness with Knowledge and Without Shortcut.” Fifty-five SEE facilitators and 9 prospective applicants attended the Summit.
On Academic Matters, graduation will be held on March 9, 2018. There are 98 students expecting for graduation this year: Resident School, 36 and Seminary Education Extension, 62, as follows:
Master of Divinity 19 M.A. Missiology 5
Master of Christian Music 3 M.A. Ministry 32
Bachelor of theology 18 Associates 21
The Music Department conducted a series of recitals performed by the graduating music students:
- *Ro Thein Blessing, “God of Our Praise,” featuring the TOUCH Christian Fellowship choir, February 5, 2018.
- *Than Za Vum, “Jubilation” featuring the Baguio Baptist Church choir, February 9, 2018
- *Timmy Ye Lynn Htut, “The Mind of Christ,” featuring the Baguio City Foursquare Church, February 16, 2018.
- *Cleo Jo, “Celebrate the Music,” featuring the High Crest Bible Baptist, February 23, 2018.
Also the PBTS Tanglaw Singers are preparing intensely as they are going to represent the seminary to a musical competition in Singapore on July 1-4, 2018.
Seminary Education Extension. The recently started center is the Saved by Grace Baptist Church in Naguilian, La Union.
Institutional and Organizational Partners. Last January 29 to February 16, 2018, both Dr. Michael Janapin (Academic Dean) and Dr. Armand Canoy (President) visited Samford University and the Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. These ministry partners are helping in establishing the ELIM Church Media Center for Asia in PBTS. Dr. Canoy and Dr. Janapin also visited other partners and PBTS alumni in California and in Los Angeles.
Student Body. The following are the newly elected Student Council officers for SY 2018-2019:
President Servulo Christian III Battung
VP Spiritual Paul Lumen
VP Academic Abigial Co Tiu
VP Social Christian Aaron Reyes
Secretary Yda Moredo
Treasurer Naw Ester Bell
Auditor Za Men
Campus Projects: (1) 72-beds capacity Dormitory and (2) Dormitory repairs and painting.