PhD Program

This program is currently under development. Stay tuned!

Earlier in 2018, a conversation started among Presidents and Academic Deans of ABTS, BBC (Bethlehem Bible College), and ETSC (Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo), to discuss the possibility of starting a collaborative PhD program in the MENA region. It became obvious very quickly that the time is ripe for this conversation, with the rising need for an accessible, contextual, quality doctoral program in the region for the benefit of the MENA Church. This program can be a benefit for the global Church, as well, with the focus on areas of specializations available within the MENA institutions.

This conversation has been facilitated by Evan Hunter of ScholarLeaders. We are grateful for ScholarLeaders and the many partners in theological education who are coming alongside this conversation to enrich it and strengthen it. The photos on this page are from November 2018, when we hosted a consultation at ABTS for the academic leaders of the three seminaries and invited several consultants to help us think through the best format for this program. Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, a book co-edited by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj, was published to challenge the linear-empiricist tradition of doctoral dissertation that was developed in the West. We invited three of the contributors to this collection to be the consultants guiding our discussions: Joanna Feliciano-Soberano, Dean at Asian Theological Seminary – Philippines, Perry Shaw, Professor of Education at ABTS at the time, with our facilitator Evan Hunter, Vice President at ScholarLeaders International.

This is still an ongoing conversation. More updates soon.