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News & Photos                                                                                                  June 2019 Newsletter

Workshop on Tribal Theology, Yangon

A workshop on rediscovering tribal heritage was held in Yangon January 21-23, 2020, organized by the Association for Theological Education in Myanmar and partly supported by a grant from FTESEA.
2020 Yangon workshop

  Yangon workshop participants
Yangon workshop participants

Pedagogical Workshop for Theological Teachers, Serampore

In January 2020, H.S. Wilson participated in the "Pedagogical Workshop for Theological Teachers" for faculty members assisting in doctoral program of the Senate of Serampore College. Insights from this workshop will be shared at the forthcoming FTESEA consultation on “Critical Assessment of faculty training/formation in the changing context of Asia and the Pacific” in Jakarta, Indonesia in October 2020 by Dr. Limatula Longkumar. 
Workshop in Serampore
Seated fourth from left is Dr. Limatula Longkumar, Dean of Department of Research of the Senate of Serampore College.

ATESEA Visit to Tedim Christian College, Yangon

Visit to TCC

Dr. Limuel Equina and Dr. H.S. Wilson paid a visit to Tedim Christian College in Yangon on Dec 18, 2019 and met with the faculty.  TTC has applied for membership in ATESEA.
Second row fourth from left is Dr. Limuel Equina, Executive Director of ATESEA and next to him, fifth from left second row is Rev. Dr. Rev. Nang Sawm Piang, Principal of Tedim Christian College.

Global Digital Theological Library Launched

Global DTL
The 18 seminaries that co-fund the Digital Theological Library have been concerned about the lack of affordable options for internet access to high quality digital content in religious studies.

In order to address this great need, the board of the DTL funded the creation of a Global Digital Theological Library. The GLDTL has worked very aggressively with a number of "vendors and publishers of good will" to provide legal access to a wide range of proprietary content.

For more information click here.

Meeting with China Christian Council candidates attending the WCC Ecumenical Institute
Bossey Graduate program 2019-2020 and CCC representative in the WCC EEF commission

2019 Bossey 

On the occasion of the meeting of the WCC commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation (EEF) at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey  (Geneva) from October 28 to November 1, 2019, H.S. Wilson met with two Chinese candidates Ms. Xue Jing (lecturer from Northeast Seminary), Ms Liu Jin (CCC Overseas Relations Department) attending the Boassey graduate program and Rev. Dr.Ge Wen, Associate General Secretary of China Christian Council and lecturer of Systematic Theology at NJUTS  (EEF commission member) .

Festschrift for H. S. Wilson Presented at Annual Meeting, October 2019

Festschrift for H.S. Wilson

FTESEA Board Vice-Chair Dorcas Gordon provided the following statement related to the Festschrift presented to  Executive Director H.S. Wilson at the annual meeting:

It was with delight that the members of the FTESEA Board participated in the launch of the Festschrift to honour the Reverend Doctor Henry Wilson.  The volume entitled, Ministerial Challenges in Contemporary World: Towards a Transformative Theological Education is a fitting tribute to Henry’s (H.S) lifelong vocation, committed to enhancing and empowering theological education in Asia and beyond.  This book, which begins with a description of H.S.’s life, includes a section on theological education in the contemporary context with insights from the standpoint of the United States, Canada, Germany and South Africa, and most particularly the Asia context. A second section, addressing Ministerial and Missiological  Challenges in the Changing Context, is a rich anthology, gathering together a variety of perspectives with the effect of creating a smorgasbord of insights that are valuable generally, but even more particularly to theological educators within the Asian context.

 We are indebted to Limuel Equina and Wati Longchar for their dedication in bringing this work to completion.

Annual FTESEA Board Meeting at Claremont School of Theology, October 18-19, 2019

2019 Board

The Board elected Dr. Dorcas Gordon (Toronto School of Theology) as chair, Dr. David Esterline (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) as vice-chair and Dr. Lester Ruiz (Association of Theological Schools) as Secretary for the year 2020. The Partner representatives from Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, China Christian Council, Association for Theological Education in Southeast Asia, Ecumenical Theological Education of WCC and the WCC Ecumenical Institute Bossey were present for the meeting.

ATESEA Teacher's Academy for Faculty Members Teaching Liturgy and Music, September 23-27, 2019

2019 ATESEA  Teacher's Academy
ATESEA's first Teacher's Academy for faculty members teaching liturgy and music in its member seminaries took place at McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand from September 23-27, 2019. Thirty-five faculty members and resource persons took part in the Academy.

ATEM Workshop on Administration and Management, September 18-20, 2019

2019 ATEM consultation.
The Association for Theological Education in Myanmar (ATEM) organized a workshop on Administration and Management for a select number of principals, faculty of ATEM member seminaries and general secretaries from supporting churches from September 18 to 20, 2019 at Yangon. The workshop was supported by FTESEA.

Asian Christian Leadership and Theological Education Conference, Yangon, August 7-9, 2019

The Association for Thon leadershipeological Education in Myanmar (ATEM), with the sponsorship of Barnabas Fund of Oxford, UK, held a consultation  in theological education in Asia and Myanmar from August 7 to 9, 2019 at Yangon. Besides local theological educators, the following international resource persons who have been associated with ATEM were invited to make presentations on leadership at this conference: Dr. Patrick Sookhedo (International Executive Director of Barnabas Fund, Oxford, UK), Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin, Ireland), Dr. Joshva Raja John (Co-Dean, Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life), Dr. Wati Longchar (Consultant for Theological Education, International Ministries of American Baptist Churches), and Dr. H.S. Wilson (Executive Director of FTESEA).

Yangon conference

Dr. Lal, Tin Hre, Executive Director of ATEM, shared information on the formation of the Institute of Myanmar Graduate Studies (IMGS) a consortium of Myanmar Institute of Theology, Karen and Kachin Theological Seminaries for offering doctoral studies in theology in Myanmar and the Mekong region in collaboration with ATEM. Besides ATESEA, FTESEA, The Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life and the Barnabas Fund will provide needed resources for developing library and other resource facilities.

ATEM Research Center

At the occasion of the conference the newly built Research and Administrative Center of ATEM, facilitated by the Barnabas Fund, was inaugurated by the International Executive Director of Barnabas Fund, Dr. Patrick Sookhedo. 

Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT) Conference, July 3-7, 2019

At the beginning of July the Executive Director and the Vice-Chair of FTESEA attended the Academic Conference and 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT). Co-organized by United Board and the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, the three-day conference took place between July 3-7, 2019 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with the theme on ‘Re-imagining Hospitality and Spirituality in Asia.’

It was a time for reflection, evaluation as well as exploration of innovative future-oriented ideas. Fifty two IASACT alumni, eleven mentors and members of the Advisory Committee were in attendance. In addition, the founder of IASACT, Professor David Suh, was present together with representatives of various professional theological associations, including FTESEA.
An additional feature of this event was a Gala dinner to celebrate United Board’s 100th anniversary.  The  photo below is of the 100th anniversary dinner.

IASACT dinner

ATU Methodology Seminar at Jakarta Theological Seminary, July 22-27, 2019

Thirteen doctoral students from theological schools in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Myanmar attended the 2019 ATU Methodology Seminar at Jakarta Theological Seminary, July 22-27, 2019. Seven resource persons led seminar sessions and worked closely with students as they offered presentations on their research and dissertations. Students attending this fifth annual seminar offered and received invaluable feedback throughout the week, and left the meeting feeling encouraged and energized in their work. FTESEA Board members Dr. Mary Foskett and Dr. Lester Ruiz assisted in the methodology seminar as resource persons.

2019 ATU seminar
Seminar group at Jakarta Theological Seminary

2019 ATU seminar
Photo at the group's private audience with the Imam of Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, centered in Jakarta, and his associate.

Seminar on Proposed Consortium for Graduate Studies, Yangon, July 15, 2019

ATEM seminar 2019

The Myanmar Institute of Theology, Karen Theological Seminary, and Kachin Theological Seminary, with the support of ATEM (Association for Theological Education in Myanmar), have decided to form a consortium named the Institute of Myanmar Graduate School (IMGS), for offering doctoral studies in theology. The following three theological educators from outside Myanmar, were invited as resource persons for the  seminar on administrative structure that was held in Yangon: Dr. Wati Longchar (Regional Consultant for Theological Education in Asia of International Ministries of American Baptist Churches, 6th from left), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA, 7th from left) and Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA, 8th from left). The seminar was financially supported by FTESEA. IMGS is the first consortium for doctoral studies among ATESEA member seminaries.

 Mandarin-speaking Women Theological Educators Conference in Hong Kong, June 22-25, 2019

2019 women theological educators conference

Dr. Kwok Pui Lan (front row, fifth from the left), Rev. Xu Yulan, Vice Chairwoman of the TSPM (front row sixth from the left), Dr. Han-leun Kantzer Komline (third row second from left).

This conference was organized by FTESEA, facilitated by Dr. Kwok Pui Lan former FTESEA Board member and Vice-Chair. FTESEA Board member Dr. Han-leun Kantzer Komline also participated in the conference.

Global Forum of Theological Educators, May 20-24, 2019

GFTE 2019

FTESEA Board members Dr. David Esterline (chair of the Executive Committee of GFTE), Dr. Lester Ruiz (member of the planning committee of GFTE) and H.S. Wilson participated in the second gathering of the Global Forum of Theological Educators at Orthodox Theological Academy of Crete, Greece from May 20 to 24, 2019. FTESEA was one of the sponsors of the Forum, which had the theme "Vision and Viability in Contexts: Theological Learning and Formation."

Report of FTESEA-PTCA Consultation Published

Diversity of Theological Education

The Report of the FTESEA-PTCA consultation held at Sabah Theological Seminary Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from September 12-16, 2018 on theme "Diversity of Theological Education in Asia" was released in April 2019.

Training Program in Dhaka, March 28-20, 2019

Bangladesh training

The Interfaith Theological Training on “Building Power: Impacting the World Together” was held in March, 2019 at the CCDB HOPE Center, Dhaka. FTESEA partially funded this training program arranged by the National Council of Churches in Bangladesh (NCCB) to enable participation of theological educators in Bangladesh.

Conference of Myanmar theological librarians, May 1-4, 2019

Myanmar librarians

ATESEA organized a conference of Myanmar theological librarians at Lisu Theological Seminary from May 1-4, 2019. At the conclusion of the conference the participating librarians decided to form a Myanmar Association of Theological Librarians for networking and resource sharing.

Visit with new China Christian Council president

CCC President Wu Dr. Kuan and Rev. Wu

Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, Dr. Dorcas Gordon, Dr. Peter Ng, and H.S. Wilson paid a visit to newly elected CCC President Rev. Wu Wei to update him about the programs of FTESEA. Dr. Kuan congratulated Rev. Wu on behalf of FTESEA.

Visit to Nanjing Union Theological Seminary

Visit to NJUTS

Dr. Dorcas Gordon, Dr. Peter Ng and H.S. Wilson paid a visit to NJUTS in March. Besides its ongoing programs, NJUTS will begin offering doctoral degree studies in New Testament from the current academic year enrolling three candidates.

ATESEA Board meeting at Central Philippines University

ATESEA Board 2019

Jeffrey Kuan (Chair), Dorcas Gordon (Vice Chair) and H.S. Wilson (Executive Director) of FTESEA participated in the meeting of ATESEA Board of Trustees at Central Philippines University. Iloilo on March 29, 2019, and had an opportunity to meet with nine librarians of ATESEA members seminaries undergoing their masters training in library science and information at CPU along with their mentor.

Asia Pacific Forum Meeting in Los Angeles

Asia Pacific Forum
Second from left in the front row is Rev. Shen Xuebin, Associate General Secretary, CCC and fourth from left in the front row is Rev. Dr. Manhong Lin, Associate General Secretary of CCC and the Dean of Nanjing Union Theological Seminary

H.S. Wilson took part in the Asia Pacific Forum meeting at the Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angles from April 9 to 11, 2019 to share with the APF members about the FTESEA consultation on “Critical Assessment of faculty training/formation in the changing context of Asia and the Pacific” in October 2020 in Jakarta and also meet with the visiting China Christian Council delegates.

ATESEA Faculty Members Participate in 10th Asian Lutheran International Conference

Asian Lutheran conference

From left to right: Rev. Jusni Herlina Saragih (Jakarta Theological Seminary),  Ms. Milanie Arandela (Silliman University) and Ms. Naw Tser Gay Moo (Divinity School of Chung Chi College), and Dr. H.S. Wilson
FTESEA facilitated participation in the 10th Asian Lutheran International Conference in Udon Thani, Thailand, January 23-30 for three ATESEA seminary faculty members who are doing doctoral studies.


Meeting with PERSETIA (Association of Theological Schools in Indonesia)

PERSETIA meeting
Dr. Wilson with the PERSETIA Board. Sitting first from right is Rev. Dr. Yusak B. Setyawan, Chair, and standing second from right is Rev. Lenta Simbolon, Executive Director of PERSETIA

Executive Director H.S. Wilson met with PERSETIA Board members on Dec 1, 2018 at Jakarta Theological Seminary to discuss the possibility of PERSETIA assisting in local arrangements for a proposed FTESEA consultation on networking for graduate theological education in Asia and the Pacific, to be held in October 2020, followed by the FTESEA annual Board meeting. 


CWM Pacific and East Asia Theological Education consultation / Visit to SPATS

CWM consultation

SPATS visit

On October 23-25, 2018, Dr. David Esterline and Dr. H.S. Wilson participated in the Pacific and East Asia Theological Education consultation at Nadi, Fiji, which was sponsored by the Council for World Mission (CWM).. The theme of the consultation was: "A Vision for the Time" (Hab 2:3). The consultation focused on climate change and interfaith relations in Oceania. East Asia participants came from Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea.

Following the consultation, Dr. Esterline and Dr. Wilson met with South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) General Secretary Rev Rusiate Tuidrakulu and his colleagues at their office in Suva and met with the Principal of Pacific Theological College, Rev. Dr. Uili Feleterika Nokise and a few of the faculty members. PTC was established in 1965 for "Serving the people of American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji & Rotuma, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and West-Papua."  Dr. Esterline taught at PTC and served as Dean in 1990s.  PTC is the only theological college in the Pacific that offers a doctoral program, Ph.D. accredited by the Fiji Higher Education Commission. The visit was part of the exploration of FTESEA to facilitate a network of graduate level theological seminaries in Asia and the Pacific.


Trinity Theological College, Singapore celebrated its 70th Anniversary on October 5, 2018

TTC anniversary

From left Dr. Limuel Equina, Dr. Foong Nghian Ngoei, Principal of TTC and Dr. H.S. Wilson

Over the past seventy years Trinity Theological College has emerged as a premier theological institute in Asia and has been providing ministerial training for Christian leaders around Asia. In the recent years it has trained a number of faculty members from countries in the Mekong region, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and seminaries of the China Christian Council.

In his message addressed to the Principal Rev. Dr. Foong Nghian Ngoei, FTESEA chair Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, alumnus of TTC noted that, “The Board of Trustees of FTESEA joins me in congratulating TTC for its significant achievements in the last 70 years. Today, TTC has become a premier theological institution in Asia, with a sterling faculty and facilities to continue to train pastors and theological educators for Singapore and other parts of Asia. FTESEA has enjoyed a strong partnership with TTC through ATESEA. When ATESEA needed an institution to help manage its financial resources (including the grants from FTESEA), TTC stepped in. This has given FTESEA the confidence that the annual grants we provide ATESEA are well managed. More directly, FTESEA has also been a partner with TTC as the institution grew. We thank God for this partnership.”


Silliman University to offer doctoral program in Christian Education in collaboration with ATESEA

From Left: Dr. Earl Jude Paul L Cleope (Vice President), Rev. Magnolia Nova Mendoza, Dr. Limuel Equina,
Betty Cernol-McCann (President), Dr. H.S. Wilson and Dr. Victor Aguilan. 

Dr. Limuel Equina, the ATESEA Executive Director and Dr. H.S. Wilson visited Silliman University on October 3, 2018 to discuss with the leadership of the university and the school of theology the plans for their new initiative in commencing a doctoral program in Christian Education as the area of priority.  The curriculum will be interdisciplinary, with experts from the following member schools providing support and instruction: Chung Chi Divinity School, Duta Wacana Christian University, McGilvary Divinity College of Payap University, Sabah Theological Seminary and Trinity Theological College. 


FTESEA Board meeting at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, October 12-13, 2018

2018 Board meeting 


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)

Serampore 2018

Executive Director H. S. Wilson and Board member Lester Ruiz participated in the international consultation that marked the bicentennial of Serampore College. 
See the News page for excerpts from their presentations.

PCTA-FTESEA Consultation

PTCA seminar 2018

The 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.


ATEM Seminar
ATEM seminar

"A 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

CPE program at Aglipay
45 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

The 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"
From 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

Peter Ng honorary doctorate Board of 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 Retreat

FTESEA 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 Kong.

Myanmar - 2018


GlobeTheoLib Consortium Meeting 

FTESEA 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.”

WCC / GTL lecture response                  GTL2018
Photo: Marcelo Schneider/WCC


Visit to Taiwan Theological Seminary and College and Yushan Theological Seminary

FTESEA 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.
Taiwan Theological Seminary and College
Fourth from right is Rev. Dr. Shang-Jen Chen, President of Taiwan Theological Seminary

Yushan Theological Seminary
First from right is Rev. Dr. Pusin Tali, Principal of Yushan Theological Seminary


Event to Honor Dr. Frank Yamada

An event held in conjunction with 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).
Yamada event
The event on November 17, 2017 was sponsored by The  Association of 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.  A 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.


H.S. Wilson Awarded the Degree of Doctor of Divinity by Serampore University 

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 Canada (ATS).H.S. Wilson
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 Institute,  India, Rev. Henry Steward Wilson (known as HS among his friends),  the Executive Director of the FTESEA, has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Divinity (Honaris Causa) in recognition of his outstanding scholarship in the field of history of Christianity, missiology and ecumenism, and his distinguish leadership in promoting theological education. He is instrumental in strengthening relationship among different accrediting bodies in SE Asia, China, especially with Serampore.

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 the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College from 1980 to 1988, and in 1989, he became the founding director of South Asia Theological Research 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 Department of Theology .  From 1998 to 2003, HS served as Associate Professor of World Mission and Director for the Centre for Global Theologies at the Wartburg Theological Seminary; and from 2003 to 2006 as Professor of Mission and Cultures and Director of Multicultural Mission Resource Centre of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He has written more than 100 articles, 4 books and edited 17 monographs.


Workshops in Myanmar

The 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.

Tahan workshop

At Tahan Theological College, in collaboration with Tahan Theological College, 24-26 August 2017

Yangoon workshop

At Yangoon from Feb 12-14, 2017


Board of Trustees Visit to China

The FTESEA 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 Theological Seminary in Shanghai.  It is the first time that the FTESEA Board met in China, in its 80th year of service.

Visit to ECTS
Visit to East China Theological Seminary on October 30, 2017
Fourth from left is Rev. Bingguo Xie, President of East China Theological Seminary

Board at NJUTS
The 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 at CCC
The 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.

Board at CCC
The Board 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 Union Theological Seminary and the President of the China Christian Council.

Thanks to Assedilo Thanks to Kaung
Gratitude 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 feedback. 

Duta Wacana Christian University

Visit in Duta Wacana Christian University, Indonesia 
From left: (first) Haleluya Hutabarat, Theological Librarian, (fourth) Dr. Paulus Widjaja, Dean of Faculty of Theology, (fifth) Dr. Limuel Equina and (sixth) Dr. H.S. Wilson


Jakarta Theological Seminary 
From Left: Dr.H.S. Wilson, Ms. Hilda Putong Head Librarian and Dr. Limuel Equina


Theological College of Lanka
From left: Dr. Jayasiri Peiris, Principal, Dr. H.S. Wilson, Dr.Liz Vuadi Vibila and Ms. H.T.D. Karunarathna, Librarian


ATESEA Board of Trustees meeting

On 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

On June 6, 2017 Executive Director H.S. Wilson participated in 65th anniversary celebrations at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, including the  dedication of the church on campus and a conference on Sinicization of Christianity. News on the events held at NJUTS can be viewed at:

Dr. Wilson then visited Northeast China Theological Seminary in Shenyang on June 7 and 8. NCTS is the second largest seminary with 400 students and 25 faculty members
NCTS Shenyang
At 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 Director.  

Visit to Faculty of Religious Studies of Asia-Pacific International University at Muak Lek, Thailand,
a member of ATESEA, April 21, 2017

APIU visit

From left to right: Dr. Alfredo Agustin (Dean, Faculty of Religious Studies, APIU) Dr. H.S. Wilson, Dr. Limuel Equiña,
Dr. Danny
Rantung (President, APIU) and Mr. T. Ryan Keough (VP for University advancement, APIU)

Consultation on Ecumenical Theological and Contextual Theologies in Asia, Bangkok - April 17-20, 2017

The consultation was convened by the Ecumenical Theological Education program of the World Council of Churches in cooperation with ATESEA, BTESSC, NJUTS and CCC and supported by FTESEA.
ETEWCC consultation

Seated 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.

Consultation on Women’s Mentoring at Bangkok from 20-22 April 2017

The consultation was convened by the Ecumenical Theological Education of the World Council of Churches and supported by FTESEA. Eighteen women theologians from Asia and Africa and Asia took part in the consultation that focused on “Women’s Mentoring for Ecumenical Leadership.” For more information see:
ETEWCC consultation

Seated 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

FTESEA Board 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.

Peter Ng retirement Peter Ng retirement
Peter Ng retirement Peter Ng retirement

2017 ATESEA General Assembly held at Central Philippines University, March 20-22

ATESEA Board of Trustees
The new Board of Trustees elected at the 2017 General Assembly.
Front 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).

ATESEA Assembly

Seventy-three 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, Medan, Indonesia

Executive 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

FTESEA 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.

From 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

The 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 visit was 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.

Visit to UTC
Visit to United Theological College
From 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. 

Visit to Bible Society
Delegates with officials of Bible Society of India. Fifth from left is Rev. Dr. Mani Chacko, General Secretary of Bible Society of India

Visit to SAIACS
Delegates with Dean Dr. Havilah Dharamraj (third from left) of South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies.

Visit to Visthar
Delegates with Rev. David Selvaraj (fourth from left), Founder/Executive Trustee of a non-formal Academy of Peace and Justice

Visit to NBCLC
Delegates with Sr. Anne Teresa (forth from left), Senior Registrar of the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Center of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

Chinese delegation visit
Delegates with Dr. Akkai Padmashali (third from left), founder-member ofONDEDE (‘convergence’), an organisation that aims to create awareness about sexuality, sexual diversity and the right to choose one’s sexual orientation, and her colleague.

Visit to SCMI
Delegates 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)

Farewell dinner BTESSC
Farewell dinner with Rev. Dr. Mohan Larbeer (fifth from left) Secretary of Board of Theological Education
of Senate of Serampore College.

Visit to Laos

Dr. 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 ATESEA.

Photo 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)

Dr. H.S. Wilson and Dr. Chullephan Srisunthorn with women clergy of Lao Evangelical church.

ATESEA Board of Trustees Meeting

Members of the Board of Trustees of ATESEA met at Chiang Mai, Thailand on December 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.
ATESEA Board of Trustees

Members 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

Canon 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 Seminary (Philippines).   See report of visit.

Yushan visit
Peter Ng and H.S. Wilson paying visit to Rev. Dr. Pusin Tali, President of Yushan Theological Seminary

Yushan visit
Dr. Kapi Ching, Dean of Yushan presenting his latest book to Peter Ng and H.S Wilson

Board of Trustees Meeting at Western Theological Seminary

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 on September 14-16, 2016.

Conference in South Africa

Front row from left: Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA), Dr. Nontando Hadebe (South Africa), Dr. Marilyn Naidoo, (South Africa)
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 members.

STT GKE Banjarmasin students and 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

ATU colloquium 2016

Doctoral 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 Adiprasetya, Constructive Theology(12th from left), and Dr. Ezra Kok, Biblical Studies 14th from left) assisted as faculty/resource persons.

Ecumenical and Academic Exchange Program inaugurated
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 Sabah Theological Seminary (STS) was signed on June 3, 2016 at Yushan. This three years initiative is being supported by FTESEA. See news release.
EAEP program
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).

International consultation on "Reformation-Education-Transformation" held at Halle, Germany from May 18-22, 2016

R-E-T conference 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 personal invitation. Statement from the conference

Global Forum of Theological Educators from May 16-20, 2016 in Germany

FTESEA 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.

Concluding message of 2016 GFTE Forum

Consultation with Partner Representatives

The 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.

FTE consultation

Participating 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

Cambodia Methodist Bible School

 From  left to right standing: Rev. Samuel Om (Lecturer), Dr. Foong Nghian Ngoei (ATESEA), Rev. Prak Vuthy (Principal), Dr. H.S. Wilson (FTESEA) and Dr. Limuel Equina (ATESEA); standing left to right Rev. Jessica Tiong (Dean of study), Rev. Pyo Myong Dae (Dean of students), Mr. Jacob Cheng (lecturer) and Rev. Svay Youthearoth (lecturer)