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History

The ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, (usually called JETS) is wholly owned and operated by the Evangelical Church Winning All. In the early 1970s the need arose in ECWA to start a theological institution with the distinctive purpose of meeting the contextual needs of both the church and contemporary African society.

While discussing the theological education needs of ECWA, it was realised that one seminary could not meet ECWA’s future leadership training needs.

A Curriculum Consultation Committee was formed comprising ECWA educators, church leaders and Professor G.O.M. Tasie, the then Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jos. It met on a number of occasions at ECWA Headquarters between 1979 and 1980.

The committee’s purpose was to provide guidelines towards the setting up of a distinctive theological seminary and curriculum. It was the new philosophy of theological education and its curriculum which attracted the first principal of the Seminary, Professor H.W. Norton, the former Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School. He headed the new Seminary from 1980 to 1983.

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Provost

The current Provost of JETS is Rev. Prof. Sunday Bobai Agang., JP, NIPEEA. Professor of Christian Theology, Ethics & Public Policy. Associate Research Fellow, Department of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Faculty of Theology, Stallenbosch University, Western Cape, SA.

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Overview of Programmes

Regular Programmes
Full-time or part-time programmes of study are offered at the Jos campus, Zaria Road, in the Diploma of theology programme (Dip. Theo), namely, Pastoral Studies and Evangelism/Missions. Four tracks are offered in the Bachelor of Arts in Theology Programme (BA), namely, Pastoral Studies, Evangelism/Missions, Youth Ministries and Christian Education. Eight tracks are available in the Master of Arts in Theology Programme (MA); Biblical Studies New Testament, Biblical Studies Old Testament, Theological Studies, Pastoral Studies, Missiological Studies, Educational Studies, Leadership and Administration, Psychology and Biblical Counselling. In addition, JETS offers the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Postgraduate Diploma of Theology (PGDT), Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) and a Doctor of Philosophy programme (PhD).

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Doctrinal Statement

The Jos ECWA Theological Seminary stands firmly within the evangelical tradition of orthodox Christianity and ascribes to the articles of faith of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA). We believe:

The Scriptures
The sixty-six books of both Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, without error in the words of the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (II Tim 3:16; II Pet 1:21; I Cor 2:13).

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Structure of the Seminary

JETS is an institution of ECWA. The ECWA Executive appoints members to the JETS Board of Governors who have delegated authority to run the seminary. The Provost has the ultimate responsibility under the Board for the running of the seminary.

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Academic Staff

JETS is an institution of ECWA. The ECWA Executive appoints members to the JETS Board of Governors who have delegated authority to run the seminary. The Provost has the ultimate responsibility under the Board for the running of the seminary.

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