Our Seminary is a great place to learn the skills needed for ministry in the 21st Century. But there is so much more to the seminary experience than just books and lectures. Life at GBUC involves hands-on ministry and missions in the city and vibrant Christian community on campus.
History of School of Theology and Ministry
In 1956 Dr. William A. Poe, a missionary from the Southern Baptist Convention in the USA, started giving pastoral training to five young men in his garage at Amakom, Kumasi. In 1958, the Baptist Missionaries started a secondary school at Asokore Mampong and merged it with the Pastoral Training School under the name Sadler Baptist College.
In 1961 the Pastoral Training School was separated from the secondary school and moved to Abuakwa where it became a full-fledged theological seminary, known as Ghana Baptist Seminary. The name of the school has gone through several changes until it finally settled on Ghana Baptist Theological Seminary.
After fifty years of theological education (1956-2006), the Ghana Baptist Convention resolved to take the theological education to a higher level, and thus changing it into a University College. It was launched and inaugurated on Saturday, November 25, 2006 and was named Ghana Baptist University College. The Seminary then became a school of the University College known as the School of Theology and Ministry.
Description of the School
The School of Theology and Ministry prepares students for ministries such as pastoring, teaching, missionary work, church planting and denominational leadership in Ghana and beyond. The School is located on the Abuakwa Campus of the University College, off the Nkawie road. It has five lecture halls (all fitted with projectors), a library with over twenty four thousand books, a chapel, 150 bed hostel facility and a medical centre which serves the students, staff and the Abuakwa community. The School runs the following programmes: Master of Arts in Ministry Bachelor of Theology Diploma in Theology Diploma in Music Diploma in Ministry The School currently has a total of thirteen lecturers made up of six full time and seven part time. Two of the lecturers have PhD degrees and three are at various stages of their PhD programmes.
Objectives of the School
• To pursue knowledge from the conviction that truth has its ultimate source in God and that God’s nature is made known through both revealed and discovered truth.
• To provide an environment that cultivates spiritual maturity, strength of character and moral virtues. • To minister to the whole person – spirit, soul and body.