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Press Release

Elie Haddad, President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Mansourieh, Lebanon, has announced his intention to retire by the end of the academic year 2024-2025. Haddad will serve until a new president is named and assumes office, no later than September 30, 2025. The ABTS Board of Trustees has appointed a presidential search committee that will oversee the identification of the future president. The search committee consists of representatives of the ABTS board:

• Rana Costa MD, Cardiologist
• Jihad Haddad, pastor of True Vine Church
• Nabil Costa, CEO, Thimar-LSESD
• Riad Kassis PhD, International Director, Langham Partnership International
• David McMillan PhD, Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Study Center Amsterdam

In a letter to the Board of Trustees Haddad said, “By the time I leave office, I would have spent just over twenty years of service to ABTS. These have been the most fulfilling and meaningful years of my life.” Haddad thanked the Board of Trustees for trusting him with the leadership of ABTS for these years. He added, “This is the best time for me to retire, knowing that we have a strong, committed, and spiritual Board that can be entrusted with the succession of leadership at ABTS, and knowing that I leave behind a very competent leadership team whose sole purpose is to honor God and follow His prompting, and an extraordinary team of faculty and staff devoted to equipping leaders for the Church in the Arab world.”

“President Haddad has led ABTS with admirable dedication and clear vision building upon the foundation of previous leadership. He was able to craft a coherent leadership team, to create a global network with key theological institutions and organizations, and to establish a solid financial base,” said Riad Kassis, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are deeply grateful to Elie and his wife Mireille for their faithfulness, hospitality, and perseverance. They will be dearly missed by all ABTS community.” Kassis said that the search for a new president will be comprehensive and solicit the input of internal and external stakeholders. “By God’s enabling grace and by dependence on God’s Spirit ABTS has served the church in the Middle East and North Africa region since 1960. We trust that God has already prepared the right leader to lead ABTS into its next season for His glory.”

Samir Abi Shdid, Chair of THIMAR Board (Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development), the legal owner of ABTS, said: “Over the years, we’ve seen the Lord bring forward gifted and well-equipped leaders after His heart, each of whom have, in turn, led ABTS to yet another level of excellence in equipping faithful women and men spiritually and academically for ministry. Elie Haddad was one such brilliant and dedicated leader! We have full confidence in God’s plan for him and ABTS, and in the faithfulness of the members of the Search Committee as they too exercise due diligence in identifying the next ABTS President.”