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  • 13    for, “Everyone who calls on the name of Lord will be saved.”
  • 14    How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
  • 15    And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news?!
  • Rom 10:13-15

The Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary is a graduate consortium providing continual pastoral education and advanced studies to raise the standards of Asian theological education. Led by Asians for Asians, and based on Baptist heritage, we network with Baptist institutions globally, sharing resources and cultivating relationships for mutual development and support.

The purpose of the seminary is to provide graduate training for God-called men and women preparing for vocational Christian ministry, primarily within the Asian Baptist context.

  • The Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary (ABGTS) began in 1959 under the sponsorship of The Southern Baptist Convention and eight Baptist theological seminaries in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The purpose was to train church leaders for seminary teaching, publication, and administration.
  • Dr. James Belote, missionary president of HKBTS, became the first president of ABGTS. Classes for the first degree, the Master of Theology, began in Hong Kong in 1960. Seven years later, the Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippine seminaries started offering graduate courses. Rev. Dr. Maak Hay Chun was the first graduate in 1964.
  • By 1999, six of the partner school presidents were ABGTS graduates. However, policies and plans by the Southern Baptist Convention culminated its ties with ABGTS. This marked the start of a new era where ABGTS would be led by Asians for Asians, then for the world. ABGTS found a new covenant partner in Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, providing partial financial support yet allowing the Seminary total freedom in electing officers and charting her own future.
  • Following James Belote, were Carl Hunker (1965-1968), Grover Tyner (1977-1987), and George Wilson (1987-1993). Chow, Lien Hwa from Taiwan BTS became the first Asian president in 1993, followed by Lilian Lim who became the first executive president in 2005. Currently serving as Acting President, after the death of Dr. Lilian Lim in June 2009, is Dr. Chow, Lien Hwa. The degree and academic programs were supervised by the Academic Deans: Chow, Lien Hwa (1959-1966), Carter Morgan (1966-1982), Al Gammage (1982-1993), Graham Walker (1993-1999), Tereso Casino (1999-2002), Stephen Tam (2002-2009), and Lizette Knight, first woman Academic Dean (2009-present).
  • Today, all officers and trustees of ABGTS are Asians. There are more than 200 alumni who serve in key leadership positions as pastors, missionaries, administrators, and faculty in Asia and globally. The Baptist World Alliance and the Asia Pacific Federation recognize ABGTS as the premier seminary consortium in Asia.

ABGTS offers advanced degree programs of three to four years leading to the Doctor Theology (Th.D.). Doctor of Religious Education (D.R.E.). Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.), Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.), and the Master of Theology (Th. M.). The programs may include residential study, supervised teaching, projects and/or a research dissertation. The study develops a student’s knowledge in major and minor fields, research skills, practical ministry and teaching.

Headquarters Office:
Honorina D. Lacquian, Th.D.
Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary
19 Tacay Road, Guisad, Baguio City 2600 Philippines
Telefax: (063) (74) 442-3294
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Hong Kong Office:
Flat C&D, 4th Floor, Wai Fat Building
96-102 Hak Po Street, Mongkok
Kowloon, Hong Kong