The PBTS celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its Lide-Walker Bible Conference on January 7-9, 2019. The Golden Anniversary commemorated the founding of the conference in honor of the first two presidents of the Seminary–Dr. Frank P. Lide (1952-1963 and Dr. Elbert H. Walker (1954-1965). It also highlighted all the resource speakers and the various themes and topics of the conference for the past 50 years. There were 601 registered delegates plus over a hundred local pastors and church workers from our Luzon, Visayas and the Mindanao Conventions who attended the conference. The evening worship services recorded more or less 600 people. The theme for this year was “Pastoral Ministry in the Real World,” which was expounded by Dr. James Wilson as the key speaker. Dr. Wilson is a professor of Leadership Formation and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program of the Gateway Seminary, Ontario, California, USA.
Simultaneously with this event were the following activities and seminars:
As reported in the December 2018 issue, the seminary offered two modular courses from January 14 to 18, 2019 taught by our visiting professors from the U.S.
Marriage and Family Systems (PC3) Dr. Charles Henderson
Modern Church History (CH 5) Dr. Stephen Blair Waddel
The students in the Supervised Ministry Program who went on Internship during the Summer break were given opportunity to share their testimony and field experiences during the chapel services. From January until March, the Music students who were candidates for graduation performed their recital in Voice, Conducting, and Piano and in other musical instruments.
The 62nd Seminary graduation was held last March 8, 2019. Commencement Speaker Dr. Jonathan Exiomo challenged the candidates with his message: “What Is Your Worth?” There were 105 students who received their graduation diploma in their respective degree.
|Associate in Ministerial Training||16||Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling||2|
|Associate in Church Music||3||Master of Arts in Ministry||26|
|Bachelor of Church Music||3||Master of Church Music||9|
|Bachelor of Theology||19||Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling||1|
|Master of Arts in Contextual Ministry||13||Master of Divinity||10|
|Master of Arts in Missiology||3|
This graduation ceremony also marked the first graduates of our Master in Contextual Ministry degree, 13 total graduates. In conjunction to the PBTS graduation, was the recognition of the three candidates for the Master of Theology Degree of the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary. Those who have completed their degree are:
ABGTS Batch 2019 with Dr. Soon Tae Kwon
The graduation ceremony was preceded by a two-day annual meeting of the Board of Trustees last March 6 to 7, 2019 and the graduation banquet for the candidates on March 7, 2019. Mrs. Rubi Elena Garcia, PBTS alumna and Outstanding Branch Manager of the Sunlife Canada, Philippines was the speaker. Her message to the graduating class of 2019 was “Staying Focus.”
Also it is normal that as the semester closes, the Student Body elects their new Student Council Officers. The following officers will serve for the School Year 2019-2020.
President Melvin Palaroan
VP Spiritual Anton Lilin
VP Academic Jan Erik Dichoso
VP Social Jehaniel Manuel
Secretary Chara Faith Tira
Treasurer Doi Ra
Auditor Hul Jung
Earnest prayer is being requested as the Seminary completes the following projects and educational ministries.
To God be the Glory!