The West Africa Advanced School of Theology (WAAST) is an amazing school—a ministerial training institution with an incredible program.
Entering the WAAST campus located in Lome, Togo, and seeing the facilities that the Lord has provided is cause for great rejoicing. On the left is the International Church with an estimated attendance of 1,500. Immediately in front is the Administrative building with class rooms and a 35,000 print and media library behind it. Dormitories housing 200 students, a cafeteria, faculty dwellings and a football field fill the rest of the 14 hectares campus.
AMAZING ADMINISTRATORS AND FACULTY
Dr Mary Ballenger is in her 20th year of serving WAAST: 15 years as a teacher and the last five years as president. The WAAST Board of Directors is comprised of 15 General Superintendents from west and central Africa. Six full-time faculty and 35 guest lecturers provide quality instruction in the classroom.
AMAZING CURRICULUM AND LIBRARY
The curriculum, offered in English and French, is designed to be relevant and culturally sensitive. The courses intentionally provoke thinking that seeks to apply knowledge in a productive manner within the students’ sphere of ministry. The library provides an adequate source from which students can satisfy the demands of their degree programs.
AMAZING STUDENTS AND DEGREES
The local Bible schools of the National Churches in 22 countries of west and central Africa are secondary level institutions; WAAST is university level and provides advanced theological training for these Bible school graduates. WAAST offers a 96 credit hours post-secondary diploma of theology; a 129 credit hours Bachelor of Theology (BTh) and a 48 credit hours Master of Missions (MA).
WAAST also hosts Pan Africa Theological Seminary (PAThS) twice a year which offers both Phd and DMin programs (www.pathseminary.org).
President Mary Ballenger is excited about WAAST’s future. There are nine extension programs that are working to become degree offering schools. Currently there are 248 students enrolled in the extension schools.
It is evident that the grace of God is resting upon WAAST. It is training Pentecostal leaders who are able to cope with current situations confronting the Kingdom of God in Africa today. Let us join together in praising God for this wonderful training institution He has raised up to train leaders to face the challenges of the 21st Century.