Faculdade Teológica das Assembléias de Deus is a dream come true after decades of civil war.
The Bible school is currently processing 100 student applications for entry into the 2015 Bachelor of Arts Bible/Theology program.
The first intake in 2012 was limited to 72 students who were currently active in ministry. Since March 2012 they have met for intensive quarterly seminars, preparing by studying Discovery Series textbooks provided by Africa’s Hope and Global University. They love the system that allows them to integrate academic input with practical ministry. Enthusiasm is so high that only two of the original students have dropped out of the program after nine sessions spanning three years.
The main campus at Cacauco and the satellite campus 400 miles away at Huambo are providing training for 199 students. The leadership anticipates having 69 graduates in their first graduation ceremony scheduled for 2016.
Faculdade Teológica das Assembléias de Deus is administered by Director Dr. Carl Gibbs, Vice Director Harry Osland, Administrator Alberto Teixeira, Assistant Academic Dean Alvaro Matadidi and Registrar Beth Osland.
The student body is comprised of eight provincial presbyters, five lead pastors of mother churches in Luanda, two national executive committee members, many local church pastors and a host of other potential ministers.
Both campuses at Cacauco and Huambo are currently involved in expanding their facilities in order to accommodate the influx of new students. The Angolan Assemblies of God national church, along with the Portugese and American Assemblies of God, are pooling their resources to complete these building projects.
Administrators and teacher are excited about how God is calling many to preach the gospel. The challenges have been formidable, but the leadership has followed the example of Nehemiah, “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down” (Nehemiah 6:3).
Brother Falley, editor