FTESEA Board meeting at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, October 12-13, 2018
International Consultation : ‘Education for Transformation-Challenges and Prospects for Formation and Reformation’ August 21-23, 2018
Bicentenary of Serampore College (1818-2018) and Centenary of The Senate of Serampore College (1918 - 2018)
Director H. S. Wilson and Board member Lester Ruiz participated in the
international consultation that marked the bicentennial of Serampore
See the News page for excerpts from their presentations.
Program for Theology and Cultures in Asia (PTCA) and FTESEA joint
consultation on “Revisioning Innovative and Transformative Theological
Education in Asia in the Context of Proliferation and Quest for New
Forms of Education/Formation,” was hosted by Sabah Theological
Seminary, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from September 12-16, 2018. See
news release from the consultation in the News section.|
Seminar on Christian Response to Religious Plurality" held 3-6
September at the Conference Center of the Myanmar Council of Churches,
Yangon was attended by 35 participants. The seminar
was organized by the Association for Theological Education in
Myanmar and supported by FTESEA..|
CPE-CEb Program at Aglipay Central Theological Seminary, Philippines
clergy and seminarians from Aglipay Central Theological Seminary,
Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and St. Andrew's Seminary who took
part in the CPE program at Aglipay Central Theological Seminary. The
program is being supported by FTESEA for a period of three years.|
Library Consultation in Jakarta
8th Forum of Asian Theological Librarians (ForATL) Workshop and
Consultation was held at Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia from
May 21 to 25, 2018 partially supported by FTESEA.|
|Participants and resource persons at the consultation.|
Panel on "Conversation with partner organizations"
left Ms. Maria Stanton (American Theological Libraries Association),
Limuel Equina (ATESEA), Siong Ng (Australian and New Zealand
Theological Libraries Association) and H.S.Wilson (FTESEA).
Canon Peter Ng Receives Honorary Doctorate
Trustees member Canon Peter Ng
received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Church
Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA at the Commencement on
Friday May 18, 2018.
From left: Rev. Dr. Donald White, Chair, CDSP Board of Trustees, Peter
Ng, the Very Rev. Mark Richardson, President and Dean, CDSP, and Rev.
Dr. Fray Toy, presenter of Peter Ng. Photo courtesy of Fr Bruce
Woodcock, Asia Pacific Partnership Officer, The Episcopal Church US
Myanmar Theological Eduction Workshop and
Executive Director H. S. Wilson participated
in the Myanmar Theological Education Workshop and Retreat as a
facilitator at Kalaw from April 23 to 28, 2018. 27 younger faculty
members participated in the workshop and shared their research
projects. The workshop was sponsored by United Board for Higher
Christian Education in Asia through Chung Chi College of Divinity, Hong
GlobeTheoLib Consortium Meeting
Executive Director H. S. Wilson and
Martha Smalley attended the GTL consortium meeting on April 13-14, 2018
and Dr. Wilson was
asked to respond to the public lecture organized by GTL and
WCC deliverd by Dr. Rudolf von Sinner on the theme “Theological
Education in the Context of Global Christianity.”
Visit to Taiwan Theological Seminary and
College and Yushan Theological Seminary
Executive Director H. S. Wilson visited Taiwan Theological Seminary and
College and Yushan Theological Seminary and College as a member of
ATESEA accreditation team from December 10 to 15, 2017.
right is Rev. Dr. Shang-Jen Chen, President of Taiwan Theological
right is Rev. Dr. Pusin Tali, Principal of Yushan Theological Seminary
to Honor Dr. Frank Yamada
|An event held in
the recent AAR annual meeting in Boston honored
Frank Yamada on his appointment as the executive director of the
Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada (ATS).
event on November 17, 2017 was sponsored by The Association
Asian / North American Theological Educators, Association of
Theological Schools, Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast
Asia, Center for Pacific Asian American Ministries at Claremont School
of Theology, Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity.
panel discussion on the future of Asian North American featured
contributions by Faustino Cruz (Dean of Fordham University Graduate
School of Religious Education), Grace Yia-Hei Kao (Associate Professor
of Ethics, Claremont School of Theology), Boyung Lee (Senior
Vice-President of Academic Affairs & Dean, Iliff School of
Theology), and James S. Lee (President, International Theological
Seminary) with a response by Frank Yamada.
Wilson Awarded the Degree of Doctor of Divinity by Serampore
An event on
November 17, 2017, organized by AANATE
in conjunction with the AAR annual meeting in Boston honored former
FTESEA Board member Frank Yamada on his appointment as the executive
director of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and
HS Wilson with John Sadananda, Master of Serampore College
At the 90th
Convocation of Serampore University on 7th
December, 2017 at Lutheran Theology College & Research
Rev. Henry Steward Wilson (known as HS
among his friends), the
Director of the FTESEA, has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of
Divinity (Honaris Causa) in
his outstanding scholarship
in the field
of history of Christianity, missiology and ecumenism, and his
leadership in promoting theological education. He is instrumental in
relationship among different accrediting bodies in SE Asia, China,
HS received his
Master degree from Princeton and Doctorate
from Drew University, USA. After his studies
in 1977, he served at UTC, Bangaluru and later became the Director of
of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College from 1980
and in 1989, he became the founding director of South Asia Theological
Institute (SATHRI) of the Serampore University. In
1989, he was invited by the World Alliance
of Reformed Churches, Geneva to be its Executive Secretary of the
Theology . From
1998 to 2003, HS served
as Associate Professor of World Mission and Director for the Centre for
Theologies at the Wartburg Theological Seminary; and from 2003 to 2006
Professor of Mission and Cultures and Director of Multicultural Mission
Resource Centre of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He
written more than 100 articles, 4 books and edited 17 monographs.
Workshops in Myanmar
Association for Theological Education in Myanmar (ATEM) organized two
workshops during 2017 on "Teaching and Research Methodology" with
special emphasis on indigenous theologies, and curriculum revision.
FTESEA provided financial support for the workshops. Dr. Wati Longchar,
Professor at Yushan Theological Seminary and College, Taiwan conducted
the workshops with the support of local leadership.
Theological College, in collaboration with Tahan Theological College,
24-26 August 2017
from Feb 12-14, 2017
Trustees Visit to China
Board of Trustees visited China from October 30 to November 3. It
held its 2017 annual meeting at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and
visited the national CCC/TSPM office and East China
Seminary in Shanghai. It is the first time that the FTESEA
met in China, in its 80th year of service.
|Visit to East
China Theological Seminary on October 30, 2017
Fourth from left is Rev. Bingguo Xie, President of East China
Board visited Nanjing Theological Seminary on November 2, 2017.
Attendees are shown after a worship service in the chapel led by Dr.
Manhong Lin, faculty, and students. Fourth from left in the front row
is Rev. Dr. Chen Yilu, Vice President of NJUTS.
Board visited the CCC/TSPM office in Shanghai on October 31.
Fourth from left in the front row is Rev. Shan Weixiang, Vice
President of China Christian Council.
re-visited the CCC/TSPM office on November 3
for a debriefing on its China visit. Seated
fourth from left is Rev. Dr. Gao Feng, President of Nanjing
Theological Seminary and the President of the China Christian Council.
was expressed to Rebecca Assedilo and Joseph Kaung for their services
to FTESEA, on the completion of their terms on the Board.
Visits related to digital library proposal
|In September 2017 Dr. Limuel Equina,
Executive Director of ATESEA, and Dr. H.S. Wilson visited
Duta Wacana Christian University, Jakarta Theological Seminary and
Theological College of Lanka to share with them the FTESEA proposal of
developing theological digital library and to seek their
in Duta Wacana
Christian University, Indonesia
From left: (first)
Haleluya Hutabarat, Theological Librarian, (fourth) Dr. Paulus Widjaja,
Faculty of Theology, (fifth) Dr. Limuel Equina and (sixth) Dr. H.S.
From Left: Dr.H.S.
Wilson, Ms. Hilda Putong Head Librarian and Dr. Limuel Equina
From left: Dr.
Jayasiri Peiris, Principal, Dr. H.S. Wilson, Dr.Liz Vuadi Vibila and
ATESEA Board of Trustees meeting
July 25, 2017
Executive Director H.S. Wilson and FTESEA Board Chair Kua-Jin Jeffrey
Kuan participated in the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of
ATESEA, which was elected at the ATESEA Assembly in March 2017.
Visits to Nanjing and Shenyang
Northeast China Theological Seminary. From left: Ms. Alicia,
graduate student, Ms. Zaho Jing, Administration Director of Liaoning
Christian Council, H.S. Wilson, Elder Shi Aijun, Acting President, Rev.
Wang Jingli, Dean and Mr. Song Liang, Administration
Visit to Faculty of Religious Studies of
Asia-Pacific International University at Muak Lek, Thailand,
a member of ATESEA, April 21, 2017
to right: Dr. Alfredo Agustin (Dean, Faculty of Religious Studies,
APIU) Dr. H.S. Wilson, Dr. Limuel Equiña,
Rantung (President, APIU) and Mr. T. Ryan Keough (VP for University
Consultation on Ecumenical Theological and
Contextual Theologies in Asia, Bangkok - April 17-20, 2017
consultation was convened by the Ecumenical Theological
Education program of the World Council of Churches in cooperation
ATESEA, BTESSC, NJUTS and CCC and supported by FTESEA.
second from right, Dr. Amele Ekue, WCC Program on Ecumenical
Theological Education; third from right, Dr. Rungruen Santatanan,
Vice-President of Church of Christ in Thailand who welcomed
the gathering on behalf of CCT.
on Women’s Mentoring at
Bangkok from 20-22 April 2017
first from left, Dr. Esther Mombo, Co-Moderator of WCC-EEF Commission
and seated fifth from right, Dr. Amele Ekue WCC Program Executive
Ecumenical Theological Education
FTESEA Trustee Canon Peter Ng retires from
Episcopal Church position
of Trustees member Canon Peter Ng was recently honored upon his
retirement as Partnership Officer for Asia and Pacific of the Episcopal
Church. See photos of his retirement celebration below.
Canon Ng will continue to represent the Episcopal Church on
the FTESEA Board.
2017 ATESEA General Assembly held at
Central Philippines University, March 20-22
|The new Board
of Trustees elected at the 2017 General Assembly.
row (left to right): Dr. Limuel Equina (Executive Director), Dr. Joas
Adiprasetya (Treasurer), Dr. Chananporn Jaisaodee (Associate
Treasurer), Dr. Tan Kim Huat (Chairperson), Dr. Judy Berinai (Member),
Dr. Maria Regina Adolfina Pada (Member), Dr. Meng Hun Goh (Member).
Second row (left to right):
Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling (Member), Dr. Jeaneth Faller (Secretary), Dr.
Simon Chow (Vice Chairperson).
participants from eight countries participated in the 2017 General
Assembly of ATESEA from March 20-22, 2017. The General Assembly closed
with the launching of its 60th anniversary, celebrating six decades of
ministry towards quality theological education.
Visit to STT Abdi Sabda Theological Seminary,
Director Dr. H.S. Wilson visited STT
Abdi Sabda Theological Seminary in Medan, Indonesia on Feb 7, 2017. At
present the seminary has 16 faculty members and 600 students pursuing
Bachelor of Christian Education,
Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology degrees.
Faculty at STT Abdi Sabda Theological Seminary. Third from left is
Principal Jon Renis Saragih.
Delegation of Re-Visioning Reformation in Asia
Conference at Medan, Indonesia
supported the participation of three faculty members selected by ATESEA
in the conference Re-Visioning Reformation in Asia at Medan, Indonesia
from Feb 1-7, 2017. 130 members from Asia and overseas participated in
this international conference.
left to right: Dr. Chananporn Jaisaodee (McGivlary College of Divinity,
Chiang Mai, Thailand), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA), Dr. Naw Myatt Hsu Mon
(Holy Cross Theological College, Yangon, Myanmar) and Ms. Hellen Bok
(Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong at present doing her doctoral
studies at LTS)
Delegation of Chinese theological
educators visits India
following four young Chinese theological educators visited India and
had an exposure program to formal and non-formal theological education
institutions and programs in Bangalore from December 12-16,2016. The
facilitated by FTESEA and the Executive Director Dr. H.S. Wilson
accompanied them. The Board of Theological Education of Senate of
Serampore College prepared the program and hosted the delegates.
Rev. Liu Xiaolu, Dean of Heilongjiang Seminary in
Harbin, Heilongjiang Province,
Rev. Wang Jingli, Vice Dean of Northeast
Theological Seminary in Shenyang, Liaoning Province,
Ms. Zhou Yongjiang, Lecturer at East China
Theological Seminary in Shanghai, and
Ms. Sun Yan, Lecturer at Shandong Seminary in
Jinan, Shandong Province.
to United Theological College
left: Rev. Wang Jingli, Rev. Liu Xialolu, Rev. Dr. H.S. Wilson, Rev.
Dr. John Samuel Raj (Principal, United Theological College), Rev. Dr.
Santanu Patro (Registrar, Senate of Serampore College), Ms. Zhou
Yongjiang and Ms Sun Yan.
with officials of Bible Society of India. Fifth from left is Rev. Dr.
Mani Chacko, General Secretary of Bible Society of India
with Dean Dr. Havilah Dharamraj (third from left) of South Asia
Institute of Advanced Christian Studies.
with Rev. David Selvaraj (fourth from left), Founder/Executive Trustee
of a non-formal Academy of Peace and Justice
with Sr. Anne Teresa (forth from left), Senior Registrar of the
National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Center of the Catholic
Bishops Conference of India.
Delegates with Dr. Akkai Padmashali
an organisation that aims to
create awareness about sexuality, sexual diversity and the right to
choose one’s sexual orientation, and her colleague.
with Mr. Inbaraj Jeyakumar (first from left on row two)
General Secretary of Student Christian Movement of India and his
colleagues including fraternal delegates from Hungary and Italy
(seventh and eighth from left on row two)
dinner with Rev. Dr. Mohan Larbeer (fifth from left) Secretary of Board
of Theological Education
of Senate of Serampore College.
Visit to Laos
H.S. Wilson, accompanied by Dr. Chuleephan Srisunthorn (Professor at
McGilvary College of Divinity and member of Board of Trustees of
ATESEA), visited the Lao Evangelical Church on December 4-5, 2016 to
learn about their training program for pastors, locally
organized by LAC, in view of possible FTESEA support. Laos does not
have a theological seminary. The church conducts non-formal theological
education and sends some of the clergy for further training at
seminaries in Thailand and Hong Kong, member seminaries of
with leaders of Lao Evangelical Church at their church headquarters in
Vientiane, capital of Laos: Dr. H.S. Wilson (second from left), Rev.
Dr. Khamphone Kounthapanya,Executive President of LEC (third from left)
Rev. Dr. Chuleephan Srisunthorn from Thailand (fifth from left)
H.S. Wilson and Dr. Chullephan Srisunthorn with women clergy of Lao
ATESEA Board of Trustees Meeting
of the Board of Trustees of ATESEA met at Chiang Mai, Thailand on
2-3, 2016.. At the meeting plans were finalized for the ATESEA Assembly
(that meets once in four years) from March 21 to 23, 2017 at Central
Philippines University, Ilo Ilo. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan and H.S. Wilson will
represent FTESEA at the Assembly.
of the Board of Trustees of ATESEA and faculty members of McGilvary
College of Divinity of Payap University,
one of the member seminaries
of ATESEA. The photo was taken at the entrance of MCD.
Visit to Yushan Theological Seminary
Peter Ng and Dr. H.S. Wilson visited Yushan Theological Seminary on
September 29 and 30 to learn about the Ecumenical and Academic Exchange
Program (EAEP), a three-year initiative supported by FTESEA 2016 to
2018. EAEP is an academic cooperation in M.Th and D.Min degree program
in Christianity and theologies of indigenous people in Asia involving
Yushan Theological Seminary (Taiwan), Myanmar Institute of Theology
(Myanmar), Sahah Theological Seminary (Malaysia) and Union Theological
report of visit.
Ng and H.S. Wilson paying visit to Rev. Dr. Pusin Tali, President of
Yushan Theological Seminary
Dr. Kapi Ching, Dean of Yushan presenting his latest book to Peter Ng
Board of Trustees Meeting at Western
The FTESEA Board of Trustees had its
annual meeting on October 14-15, 2016.
Conference at University of South Africa
Dr. H.S. Wilson spoke at a conference on
"The Commercialization and Commodification of Theological Education in
Africa" held at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Front row from left: Dr. H.S. Wilson
(FTESEA), Dr. Nontando Hadebe (South Africa), Dr. Marilyn Naidoo,
Rear row from left: Dr. Mary Getui (South Africa), Dr. Dietrich Werner
(Germany), Dr.Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Ghana)
Visit to Banjarmasin Theological Seminary
Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA) and H.S. Wilson
(FTESEA) visited Banjarmasin Theological Seminary, Indonesia on
September 9, 2016. Banjarmasin (STT GKE Banjarmasin) has about 500
students for bachelor and masters program in theology and 15 faculty
|Front row second from right: Dr. Enta
Malasinto Lantigimo (faculty), Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA), Dr. Kinurung
Maleh (President of STT) and Dr.
Uwe Hummel (faculty from Germany).
ATESEA Theological Union (ATU)Colloquium for
doctoral candidates at Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia -
September 4-8, 2016
candidates and the resource persons who took part in the ATESEA
Theological Union (ATU) Colloquium. Dr.
H.S. Wilson, History of Christianity (second from left); Dr. Septemmy
Lakawa, Mission and Contextual Theologies(seventh from left), Dr. Joas
Theology(12th from left), and Dr. Ezra Kok, Biblical Studies 14th from
left) assisted as faculty/resource persons.
Ecumenical and Academic Exchange Program
|The Memorandum of Understanding for the
joint Ecumenical and Academic Exchange Program (M.Th and D.Min)
programs between Yushan Theological College and Seminary (YTCS) and the
Seminary (STS) was signed on June 3, 2016 at Yushan. This three years
initiative is being supported by FTESEA. See
From left to right: Rev. Dr. Kapi Ching (Dean, YTCS), Rev. Dr. Wilfred
John Sundaraj (Principal, STS), Rev. Dr. Tali Pusin (President, YTCS)
Rev. Dr. Chung Song Mee (Vice
Principal, STS) and Rev. Dr. Wati Longchar (Coordinator of EAEP, YTCS).
consultation on "Reformation-Education-Transformation"
held at Halle, Germany from May 18-22, 2016
| Participants in the
International consultation on Reformation-Education-Transformation held
at Halle, Germany from May 18-22, 2016 as an event in commemoration of
the 500 anniversary of Protestant Reformation in 1517. Ms. Tammy
Jackson (FTESEA Board member) was one of the key note speakers.
Executive Director H.S. Wilson participated in the consultation on
from the conference
Forum of Theological Educators from May 16-20, 2016 in Germany
made a contribution for the participation of eight theological
educators from China, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Two FTESEA Board
members, Dr. David Esterline (as co-chair of GFTE Executive Committee)
and Dr. Lester Ruiz (ATS representative), as well as the FTESEA
Executive Director also took part in the Forum.
message of 2016 GFTE Forum
with Partner Representatives
FTESEA Program Committee held a consultation in Hong Kong from April 24
to 27, 2016 with partner representatives: the Association for
Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), China Christian
Council (CCC) and Nanjing Union Theological Seminary (NJUTS), and
Ecumenical Theological Education of the World Council of Churches
(WCC/ETE). The goal of the meeting was to discuss their respective
programs, identify strategic priorities, and articulate ways of
implementing these priorities in collaborative, collegial, and
networked ways in the next three to five years.
in the meeting were: Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA), Dr.
Foong Nghian Ngoei (ATESEA), Dr. Chen Yilu (NJUTS), Rev. Kan Baoping
(CCC), Dr. Manhong Melissa Lim (CCC and NJUTS), Dr. Amele Adamavi-Aho
Ekue (WCC/ETE), Ms. Tammy Jackson (FTESEA), Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan
(FTESEA), Dr. Kwok Pui Lan (FTESEA), Canon Peter C. Ng (FTESEA), Dr. H.
S. Wilson (FTESEA) and Dr. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz (FTESEA) who is missing
from the photograph.
Visit to Cambodia Methodist Bible School in
Phnom Penh from April 21-23, 2016
to right standing: Rev. Samuel Om (Lecturer), Dr. Foong Nghian Ngoei
(ATESEA), Rev. Prak Vuthy (Principal), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA) and Dr.
Equina (ATESEA); standing left to right Rev. Jessica Tiong (Dean of
Rev. Pyo Myong Dae (Dean of students), Mr. Jacob Cheng (lecturer) and
Fellowship of Theological Educators
The planning group
of Global Fellowship of Theological Educators met
at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago from May 14 to 16, 2014 to
plan a series of three meetings. The first to be a gathering of 120 to
150 theological educators either in October/November 2015 or April/May
2016 on the general theme, "Preparing Christian Leaders in the 21st
Century". An enlarged planning committee will identify for the historic
first meeting theological educators who are committed to the church and
work in an interdisciplinary manner from different Christian traditions
(Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal and
Independent) and geographical regions, with equal numbers of women and
men and a strong representation of persons under 40 years.
|From left Po Ho Huang, Rosalee Ewell,
Manfred Kohl, Lester Ruiz, H.S.Wilson, Dietrich Werner, Dan Aleshire,
Steve Bevans, David Esterline and Carlos Ham
Consultation of Asian North American
| A consultation of Asian North American
theological educators was held on April 11-12, 2014 in Chicago to
discuss partnership and exchange with Asian theological
|First row from left: Dr. John Yieh, Dr.
H.S. Wilson, Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, Dr. Boyung Lee, Dr. Limuel Equina, and
Dr. Nantawan Lewis
Back row from left: Dr. Sang Ai Yang, Dr. Damayanthi Niles, Dr. Anne
Joh, Dr. Swee Hong Lim, Dr. Sze Kar Wan, and Dr. Lester Ruiz
FTE Board of Trustees meeting at Church
Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA
The 2013 Board of
Trustees meeting at Easton Conference Center of Church Divinity School
of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA began with two days of revisioning
sessions on Oct 7 and 8, guided by Dr. Peter Noteboom (first from
ATESEA and FTESEA officers meeting at Trinity
Theological College, Singapore from Sept 29 to Oct
Sitting from left:
Ngoei Foong Nghian (Chair, ATESEA), Peter Ng (Chair, FTESEA)
Standing from left:
Ezra Kok, Limuel Equina, Joyce Abugan, H.S. Wilson, Simon Chow
Consultation of Asian and Asian American
theological educators in Chicago, September 13-14, 2013
Sitting from left:
Nantawan Lewis, Kwok Pui Lan (Vice-chair FTESEA), Seung Ai Yang, Boyung
Lee, Anne Joh and Damayanthi Niles
Standing from left:
John Yieh, Swee Hong Lim, Sze-kar Wan, Lester Ruiz, Kah-Jin Jeffrey
Kuan, Peter Ng (Chair FTESEA), Choon-Leong Seow and H.S.
|| The FTESEA held a consultation of Asian and
Asian American theological educators in Chicago from September 13-14,
2013 to talk about partnership and collaboration with Asian
colleagues and theological institutions in Asia.
theological educators on a visit to India, March 17 to 27, 2013
Visit to Indian
Social Institute at New Delhi on March 23:
Sitting from Left to right: H.S. Wilson, Zhang Keyun, George
Mathew (Director, ISI), Chen Yilu, Standing: Chen Xun, Liu Song, Lou
Shibo, Lin Manhong, Samuel Jayakumar (National Council of Churches in
Visit to Bible
Society of India at Bangalore on March 26:
Photo with the
national staff members of Bible Society of India. Fifth from left is
Mani Chacko, General Secretary of BSI and the first from left is Mohan
Larbeer (Secretary, Board of Theological Education who coordinated the
program at Bangalore)
to China with Asia
and Pacific Forum members
accompanied the Asia and Pacific Forum members who visited China from
May 26 to 30, 2013 and met with leaders of CCC/TSPM and Vice President
Rev. Dr. Chen Yilu and his faculty colleagues at NJUTS. In the two
group photos taken at the sanctuary of the Holy Trinity
Church in Shanghai along with the CCC/TSPM leaders and at NJUTS campus
with the Vice President Chen Yilu and his faculty colleagues.
The following FTESEA
Board members Canon Peter Ng (Chair), Rev. Dr. Ben Chan, Ms. Bern
Jagunos, Ms. Rebecca Asedillo, Rev. Andrew Yamamoto and former Board
members Rev. Dr. Xiaoling Zhu, Rev. Dr. Franklin Ishida are
also in these photos. They were representing their respective
denominations and were able to speak about the ongoing ministry of
FTESEA. The photos are taken from the collection shared by Ben Chan at http://www.flickr.com/photos/benslchan/sets/72157633857733768/
newly elected ATESEA Executive Committee at its Assembly in March 2013
row (from left) Dr. Joyce Abugan,
Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary
(Secretary), Dr. Chuleepran Srisoontorn,
McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap University, Chaingmai,
Thailand (Member), Dr. Karolina Augustien Kaunang, Fakultas
Theologi Universitas Kristen Indonesia Tomohon (Member),
Second row: Dr. Simon Chow, Lutheran
Theological Seminary, Hong Kong (Vice Chair),
Dr. Ngoei Foong Nghian,
Trinity Theological College, Singapore (Chair), Dr. Samuel
Ngun Ling, Myanmar Institute of Theology (member), Dr. Ezra
Kok, Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (Treasurer),
Third row : Dr. Joas Adiprasetya, Jakarta
Theological Seminary (Member), Dr. Limuel
Equina (Executive Director). Not in the
photo: Dr. Ching, Kapi Mingsheng, Yu-Shan
Theological College and Seminary, Taiwan (member).
Board Chair Peter
Ng speaks at the ATESEA Assembly on March 24, 2013 at
Adventist International Institute of Advance Studies, Silang,
Executive Committee meeting at Emmanuel College, Toronto - February 15,
from lower left: Wenh-In Ng, Bern Jagunos, Kwok Pui Lan, Norm
Donkersloot, Andrew Yamamoto, Rene Ito (secretarial assistant), Scott
Sunquist, Joseph Kaung, H.S. Wilson. Chair Peter Ng is missing from
photo. Wenh-In Ng and Joseph Kaung were invited guests.]
the 75th Anniversary Celebration, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary,
September 29, 2012
online album at: http://ftesea75thanniversarycelebration.shutterfly.com
from Ben Chan,
Chairman of FTESEA Board of Trustees:
address by Prof.
Edward Yi Hua Xu:
Marvin Hoff, Joseph
Kaung, Chen Yilu:
by Prof. Ioan
Sauca, Director, Ecumenical Institute, Bossey:
Meeting of ATESEA and
BTESSC (Board of Theological Education of Senate of Serampore College)
officers held on August 3, 2012 at Kolkatta, India.This was the first
meeting of the officers of Association of theological schools in South
Asia and South East Asia facilitated by FTESEA:
delegation of CCC/TSPM
theological educators visited Princeton Theological Seminary on April
with the Chinese
delegation are Princeton Theological Seminary President Ian Torrance
(center, first row), Dean James Kay, Dr. Choon-Leong Seow (former FTE
Trustee) and a few Chinese students currently studying at PTS. Photo
taken by Jonathan Britt of PTS.
delegation of CCC/TSPM
theological educators visited New York on April 16th. Below is a group
picture of participants in the session on "Dialogue on Trends in
Theological Education in China and United States" held at 475 Riverside
Drive, New York. Dr. Kwok Pui Lan chaired the session.
Chen Yilu gave a
presentation on "Theological Education in China" at the New York
the invitation of
FTESEA, a delegation of CCC/TSPM theological educators started
their two weeks visit of North America in
San Francisco on April 11, 2012. Below is a group picture taken with
FTESEA San Francisco hosting team
Kan, CCC General Secretary and Rev. Dr. Yilu Chen, Executive Vice
President of the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary were interviewed by
the Sino Television host Ms. Cici Shen in San Francisco on April 11,
provided by Rev.
Dr. Lal Tin Hre, Executive Secretary of the Association for Theological
Education in Myanmar (ATEM), which is supported by FTESEA:
ATEM organized Inter-Seminary Students Assembly for its 34
member institutions at Tahan from Dec. 15-19, 2011.
The theme of the Assembly was "The Kingdom of God: Ethnicity
and Unity". The total participants were 380.
attended the curriculum workshop at night during the ATEM Assembly.
of the Association of Asian North American Theological
at the launching of the Association of Asian North American
Theological Educators (AANATE) on Nov. 20, 2011 at
the AAR/SBL meetings in San Francisco. About 40 Asian
American theological educators participated in the launching
meeting. FTESEA was represented by the FTESEA Board of Trustees Rev.
Dr. Wenh-In Ng and Rev. Dr. Kwok Pui Lan. One of the goals of AANATE
is "t o foster scholarly interchange among various Asian/North
American centers, associations and networks with Asian theological
counterparts." FTESEA is relating to AANATE in promotion of this goal.
More information about AANATE can be requested from its convener of the
Steering Committee of AANATE: J. Paul Rajashekar (The Lutheran
Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA) Rajashekar@Ltsp.edu
Chan and H.S. Wilson
with ATESEA officers at the ATESEA Governance Conference
in Hong Kong on Nov 12, 2011
Participants in ATESEA
consultation on Governance for the newly elected
Presidents/Principals/Deans of its
member schools held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong
from Nov 11-13, 2011
delegation led by
President of Three Self-Patriotic Movement of China Elder Xianwei Fu
on a visit to the Association of Theological Schools in Pittsburgh,
which was arranged by FTESEA,
November 3, 2011
Chinese delegation is shown with ATS staff. Third from left in
the front row is Elder Xianwei Fu, President TSPM, and next to him
(fourth from left) is Dr. Daniel Aleshire, Executive Director
Wilson meets with
graduate students from China at the Ecumenical Institute,
Dr. H. S. Wilson
with Rev. Cangfu Wang and Rev. Nongfang (Hellen) Cao, graduate students
from China, at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey.
Ben Chan meets with
delegation from East China Theological Seminary
FTESEA Board chairman
Ben Chan recently met with a delegation from East China Theological
Seminary, Shanghai at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College in Hong
Kong. He is shown here with Rev. Yingqian Hu, the Associate Dean of
East China Theological Seminary. FTESEA has sponsored Rev. Hu’s M. Th.
Degree study at the Chung Chi Divinity School.
Alumni gathering held at Nanjing Seminary
in the seminar of Alumni from China of the Ecumenical Institute Bossey
held at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary on June 6-7, 2011. In the
front row from left are Rev. Dr. Cao Sheng Jie (studied at Bossey
during 1992-1993), Prof. Francois Dermange ( Dean, Faculty of Theology
of University of Geneva), Dr. Chen Yilu (Executive Vice President,
NJUTS), Prof. Ioan Sauca (Director, Ecumenical Institute, Bossey),
Prof. H.S. Wilson (Executive Director, FTESEA) and Rev. Bao Jia Yuan
(studied at Bossey during 1990-1991).
Director H.S. Wilson's visit to Yanjing Seminary
his visit to Yanjing Theological Seminary in Beijing in November 2010,
Executive Director H.S. Wilson held a session with graduate students on
the ecumenical movement and interfaith dialogue. From left to right,
Song Baolong from Inner Mongolia, Jiao Hongli from He Bei province
Zhang JIakou City, faculty member Wang Weizhou from Gan Su province,
Lan Zhou City, H.S. Wilson (FTESEA), Shen Xue Mei from He Bei province,
Han Dan city, Pang Lu from Shan Xi province and Li Shengnan from He Bei
Board meeting at Philadelphia
2010 annual meeting of the FTESEA Board
of Trustees was held at Lutheran Theological Seminary,
Philadelphia on October 4-5, 2010. The Trustees were joined by FTE
partners Rev. Dr. Chen Yilu (CCC-NJUTS), Rev. Dr. Lin Manhong (NJUTS),
Rev. Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA) and Rev, Dr. Dietrich Werner (ETE-WCC).
Director H.S. Wilson's visit to Chiang Mai
Dietrich Werner (ETE/WCC) and H.S. Wilson meet with with Dr. Satanun
Boonyakiat, Dean of McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap University,
Chiang Mai on July 7, 2010.
meeting with the staff of Christian Conference of Asia at Chiang Mai on
July 7, 2010
Director H.S. Wilson's visit to Harbin
lunch meeting on May 21at Harbin, with Harbin CCC and Heilongjiang
Provincial CCC President Rev Dezhi Lv and his wife Rev. Dr. Meilan Li
(second and third from the right on the font row). along with the a
group of faculty members from the Divinity School of Chung Chi College,
Hong Kong. Rev. Lv is also the Presidnet of the Harbin Bible School and
Rev. Dr. Li is a member of the Chinese People's Consultative Committee
and also a leader of CCC. Rev. Sun Yu Feng from Harbin CCC was also
present for meeting (first on right on the second row).
Wilson along with the group of faculty and students of the Divinity
School of Chung Chi College, Hong Kong visited Harbin Olive Hill
Christian Education Foundation on May 18 and this photo is with some of
the students undergoing training Lay Leaders training program of the
May 17, H.S. Wilson along with a group of faculty and students of
Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Hong Kong visited the
Heilongjiang Bible School (Provincial School). This is group photo with
the faculty and a few students (out of the present student body of 110)
of the School, the Vice President Rev (Ms) Li Ya Jie is seventh from
left on second row.
with the candidates of Lay training program of the Namgang congregation
in Harbin that H.S. Wilson visited along with a group of faculty and
students of Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Hong Kong on May 15
Executive Director of ATESEA
H.S. Wilson and Ben Chan
visited Dr. Limuel Equina, new Executive Director of ATESEA, in Iloilo
during the 75th Anniversary of the Convention of Philippine Baptist
Churches in May.
the Asia Pacific Forum, Chicago, December 15, 2009
Kan Baoping, General Secretary of the China Christian Council, with Ben
Chan and H.S. Wilson:
From the Annual
Meeting of the Board of the FTESEA
Trustees, Honorary Trustees, and representatives of FTESEA partners
Princeton Theological Seminary, December 8, 2009:
a seminar presented by FTESEA partners on December 7, 2009 at Princeton
Left to right: Martha Smalley (moderator), Dr. Manhong Lin (Nanjing
Union Theological Seminary),
Dr. Dietrich Werner (ETE/WCC), Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA).
From the visit of Executive Director
H.S. Wilson and Board Chair Ben Chan to China in October 2009
with Rev. Po, Kam-Cheong, General Secretary of the Hong Kong Christian
Wilson & Ben Chan preached at the Shamian Church, Guangzhou:
Guangdong Union Theological Seminary:
of Guangdong Union Theological Seminary:
in the Amity Foundation Round Table:
with Ying Gao (right) & Manhong Lin (left) of Nanjing Union
the Archives Management Workshop conducted by FTESEA Vice-Chair Martha
Smalley at the meeting of the
Philippines Theological Librarians Association meeting October 26-28,
the ATESEA General Assembly held at the Southeast Asia Bible Seminary,
Malang, East Java,
Indonesia from July 2 to 4, 2009:
Dr. H.S. Wilson,
Executive Director, FTESEA greeting the Assembly members on behalf of
FTESEA. Seated are, Dr. Thu En Yu (Chair ATESEA) and Dr.Rung
Ruengsan-Ajin (Secretary, ATESEA).
2009 General Assembly
photo of participants
Dr. Wu Fu Ya (President
of Tainan Theological College and Seminary), the newly elected Chair of
ATESEA, taking oath of office along with other members of the new
Executive Committee at the closing worship of the ATESEA Assembly. From
left, Dr. San Myat Shwe (Myanmar), Dr. Jan S. Aritonang (Indonesia),
Dr.Joyce J. Abugan (Philippines), Dr. Limuel Equina (Philippines-
Interim Executive Director), Dr.Muriel Orevilla-Montenegro
(Philippines- Secretary of ATESEA), Dr. Wu Fu Ya (Chair), Dr. Ngoei
Foong Nghian (Singapore-Vice Chair), Dr. Ezra Kok Hon-Seng
(Malyasia-Treasurer), John Titaley (Indonesia).
Dr. Scott Sunquist
(second from left) took part in the ATESEA Assembly representing FTESEA
along with Dr. H.S. Wilson.
group photo of visiting faculty and students of the Divinity School of
Chung Chi College (Hong Kong) along with the faculty and students of
NJUTS in their new campus in the suburbs of Nanjing during their visit
in May 2009. Executive Director H.S. Wilson participated in this visit.
Vice-Chair Martha Smalley visited China and Singapore on behalf of the
Library Development Task Group in March, 2009. For a brief report see
the News section.
Theological Seminary Librarian Rev. Wang Peng in the stacks of the new
Martha Smalley with Vice
President Gao Ying, Dr. Lin Manhong, and Rev. Wang Peng
The NJUTS chapel still
Library staff at NJUTS
demonstrating their online catalog.
East China Seminary
librarian Chen Guizhao
Library of the East
China Seminary, Shanghai
of Asian Theological Librarians (ForATL) Fifth Workshop &
Consultation, held at Trinity Theological College, Singapore - March
Executive Committee and annual meetings of the FTESEA were held at
Princeton Theological Seminary on December 8-9, 2008.
Rev. Ben Chan, FTE
Chair, paying tribute to Rev. Dr. Ng Wenh-In at the conclusion of her
term as the Vice-Chair of FTE.
representatives made presentations on challenges for theological
education in China, South East Asia and through the programs of WCC at
the FTE Board seminar on Dec 8, 2008. This was a new initiative to
engage partner representatives with the FTE Board members. Members of
the Princeton Theological Seminary community were also present for the
Dr. Lin Manhong Melissa,
representing the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and Rev. Bao
Jiayuan representing the China Christian Council and the Three-Self
Rev. Dr. Ioan Sauca,
representing the World Council of Churches
Rev. Dr. Thu En Yu and
Rev. Dr. Huang Po Ho representing the Association for Theological
Education in South East Asia
FTESEA delegation visited China from August 24 to 30, 2008.
Representing the Foundation were Rev. Benjamin Chan, the Chair; Dr.
Sze-kar Wan, Executive Committee member; and Dr. HS Wilson, the
Executive Director. The visit provided a valuable opportunity for the
leadership of the Foundation and the partners in China to exchange
ideas and to strengthen our cooperation.
Met with the leaders of
the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement
Met with leaders of the
Nanjing Union Theological Seminary
Visited the new campus
of the seminary
a recent visit,
Dr. H.S. Wilson met with two young scholars from China who are
participating in the Graduate School program of the WCC Ecumenical
Institute at Bossey in Switzerland. From left: Rev. Lianshan Pei
(Guangdong Union Theological Seminary), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA) and
Ms. Qian Qiu (Liaoning Christian Council).
from Executive Director H.S. Wilson's recent trip to Myanmar:
Ruth Daniel, Methodist Theological Institute, showing the rebuilt
section of the hall which was destroyed by the cyclone.
Simon Be Bin Htu and Librarian Saw John Thet Lwin, Holy Cross
Theological College, are showing the replaced computers in the library.
3000 books were destroyed and repairing the library cost the seminary
Principal Kyaw Tun Lin,
Myanmar Institute of Christian Theology showing the plan to rebuild the
classrooms in the same spot where the boys dorm stood before the
in the first conference of the Network for Asian Theological Scholars
and the SEAGST Faculty meeting at the Chang Jung Christian University,
Tainan, Taiwan from June 30 to July 3, 2008.
from left to right: Anna May Say Pa, Sientje Merentek-Abram, En Yu Thu,
Po-Ho Huang, H.S. Wilson, Fu-Ya Wu Standing from left to right: Sze-kar
Wan, Jeffrey Kuan, Hope Antone, Wai-Ching Wong, Pui Lan Kwok, Seung Ai
Yang, Choon Leong Seow, Ya-Tang Chuang, Charles Amjad-Ali, Archie Lee,
Ezra Hon-Seng Kok and Kim Huat Tan.
doctoral candidates of South East Asia Graduate School of Theology
(SEAGST) from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and
Taiwan attending the Orientation seminar with the resource person
Professor Charles Amjad-Ali (seated second from the left). The seminar
took place at the Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan, Taiwan from
June 9 to July 3, 2008.
and students of Inner Mongolia Bible School photographed along with the
visiting Amity Foundation Easter Tour group 2008 in their newly
established campus. [photo courtesy of Ms. Beate Engelen]
anniversary celebration of ATESEA at the Trinity Theological College,
Singapore from Nov. 26 to 27, 2007. Rev. Ben Chan and Dr. H. S. Wilson
represented FTESEA and Dr. Marvin Hoff and Joan Hoff were invited as
scholars from China who are participating in the Graduate School
program of the WCC Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland along
with Dr. H.S. Wilson. From left: Mr. Wang Cong You (Publication
Department of CCC/TSPM and a graduate of NJUTS), Ms. Gu Jingqin
(Overseas Department of CCC/TSPM), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA) and Rev.
Wang Jungang (Pastor of the Chaoyang church in Beijing and graduate of
NJUTS). One more from China is expected to join the program.