Hey everyone! I would like to apologize for the lack of blogging commitment but the schedule at the Dallas GPA 2014 is intense yet super beneficial. Since classes started on Monday and everything have been rolling like an ICE ball down the mountain.
In this issue, I intend to:
- Master Coaches
- Connect, Unite and Strengthen strategy
- Prayer Request
The Global Proclamation Academy has a purpose to Connect, Unite and Strengthen pastors from around the World. Therefore, our master coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Let me introduce you to the master coaches we’ve met so far:
Day 01: Dr. Ramesh Richard:
A theologian-evangelist, philosopher-expositor, educator and author, Dr. Richard holds a ThD (in Systematic Theology) from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PhD (in Philosophy) from the University of Delhi. In addition to serving as a president of RREACH (Ramesh Richard Church Health), he serves as Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary, and as General Chair of the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers to be held, the Lord Willing, in 2016.
Day 02: Dr. Celestin Musekura
Dr. Musekura, is the President and Founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.). He is an ordained Baptist minister who was born and raised in Rwanda. He received a Bachelor of Theology at Kenya Highlands Evangelical University in Kenya, a Master of Divinity at the Africa International university (AIU), a Master of Sacred Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a PhD in theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas.
In addition to his theological studies, Celestin has done more studies in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Reconciliation at the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (USA) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. (you can Google his name to get even more results)
Day 03: Dr. Bruce Fong
Ministering at the intersection of parachurch, pastoral, and academic ministry, Dr. Fong is committed to teaching God’s Word “to anyone and everyone who will lend him an ear.” By serving as the Dean of DTS Houston and Professor of Pastoral Ministries, he is excited to minister to and train the next generation of Christian leaders. Dr. Fong received his BS from Western Baptist College, his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and his PhD from the University of Averdeen.
Day 04: Dr. William E. Brown
Dr. Brown became president of Cedarville University in June 2003, following a 10-year presidency at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Dr. Brown holds a master of theology degree and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary.
As a nationally recognized expert in worldview, Brown has authored three books- Making Sense of Your Faith; Where have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview; and Making Sense of Your World with Gary Philips – and more than one hundred articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers. He is also the executive producer of re:View, a film series which helps students discern culture (www.re-films.com)
Connect, Unite and Strengthen
Academic class room is not the only focus at the Global Proclamation Academy. Just like at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon, things are very intentional:
- Room mates from different cultures
- Breakfast, break, lunch, break and dinner
- Global Lunches were we get to meet new friends
- Hearing daily testimonies from at least 2 of the 25 pastors.
- Hearing daily ministry news from at least 2 of the 25 pastors.
- Recreational gatherings.
Every single point mentioned above, is intentional in braking the barriers between 25 different cultures. And it is working so far!
As we get deeper into the program, knowledge about what Christ is doing all around the globe gets wider. Please pray for God to give us all the wisdom on how to stay connected, united and strengthened.
As I lack time to write in depth blogs, I content myself with saying that “a picture is worth a 1000 words…”