|Posted by gerald grable on March 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM|
Kenyan seminary offers a number of programs focused on contextual realities Founded in 1955, Kenya Highlands Bible College (KHBC) offers university-level Christian education for a variety of ministries through teaching and research. Located in Kericho, a productive tea-growing area about five hours outside of Nairobi, KHBC maintains close ties to the World Gospel Mission who helped start the college. The interdenominational school of 879 graduates offers contextual courses to its students who come from all over Africa.
Many students focus their studies on the poor as they work closely with Compassion International, refugees and a peace/reconciliation ministry. Professors also address poverty through their weekly radio program, challenging people to use their God-given resources. In addition, KHBC trains leaders who will face the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and their AIDS Control Unit has proven to be very effective in training the Church.
Programs offered include Diplomas in Christian Ministries, Theology and Computer Science; a Certificate in Computer Science; and Bachelors of Theology, Christian Education, Business Management, Counseling and Education. The college has also created opportunities for church and lay leaders by opening up evening distance learning classes in Kericho Town, the district capital nearby the main campus, and intends to begin programs during April, August and December holidays for employed members of the community who cannot register for full-time courses.
While studying, Bachelor of Christian Education student Rono Kiplangat Gregory is involved in practical ministries, including preaching and teaching to youths and adults in a local church. “I see God working in me through my lecturers who are imparting spiritual knowledge to me,” he says. “[My lecturers] ensure that my courses match well with my future ministry of preaching and teaching the Word, and I am optimistic that the knowledge I am gaining now will help me serve effectively in the Church, as well as the community at large.”