About the Seminary

  • Seminary Profile
  • Goals & Doctrine
  • History
  • Accreditation
  • Messages

Seminary Profile

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APTS is a cooperative ministry of the Assemblies of God national churches of Asia, Pacific Oceania and Assemblies of God World Missions-USA. A mutinational Board of Directors representing these various entities governs the school. The administration and faculty of APTS are also multi-national.

Mission

APTS exists to prepare ministerial leaders for the Pentecostal/Charismatic churches of the Asia Pacific region, and to serve as a resource center for assisting these churches to fulfill their biblical mandate. To this end, APTS provides advanced leadership training within the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition and a variety of theological, educational, and ministry services that seek to develop and enhance the effectiveness of the churches and students it serves. Specialized training is offered in theology, Bible, pastoral ministry, Christian education, Bible school ministry, evangelism, and missions.

Our Goal

An important goal of APTS is to conduct academically sound educational programs that are sensitive to the cultural issues and needs of the Asia Pacific region, while providing opportunities for students to learn through hands-on ministry experiences.

Our Goals

  • Provide an institution of learning for the Assemblies of God, while admitting non-Assemblies of God students who are in harmony with the purposes and values of the school.

  • Implement a Christ-centered, biblically oriented curriculum that recognizes the Bible as the infallible and authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

  • Conduct a program designed to enrich the learning experiences of all students and promote their effectiveness in ministry, including both those with a strong background in Bible and ministry and those with a secular education.

  • Provide a program of studies within the Pentecostal tradition of the Assemblies of God, giving emphasis to the person and work of the Holy Spirit in life and ministry.

  • Establish a curriculum designed to assist students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for Christian leadership and that also encourages a spirit of inquiry and develops the student’s skills in research.

  • Maintain an environment, provide activities, and offer guidance conducive to the development of the spiritual life and character of students as servants of God.

  • Offer specialized ministry programs of continuing education for Christian service.

  • Conduct cross-cultural, missiological training in evangelism, church planting and nurturing, and community development that is consistent with a spirit of obedience to our Lord’s Great Commission “to make disciples of all people” (Matt. 18:19-20)

Our Doctrine Statement

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the infallible rule of faith and conduct for all people.

  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to earth to rule for a thousand years.

  • All humans have sinned and the consequence of that sin is death.

  • The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the cleansing power of the blood of Christ.

  • Regeneration is absolutely essential for personal salvation.

  • By Christ’s atoning death on the cross, healing for the human body is available in answer to faith and prayer.

  • The baptism in the Holy Spirit may be received by all believers for effective life and service.

  • The indwelling sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit enables the Christian to live a holy life.

  • In the rapture of the Church at Christ’s return to this earth--this is the blessed and living hope of all believers.

  • The bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost leads to everlasting life and to everlasting punishment, respectively.

History

The Far East Conference of the Assemblies of God that met in Hong Kong in 1960 strongly urged the establishment of an advanced school of theology to serve the entire area of the Far East Region. Several years of careful planning followed, directed largely by Maynard Ketcham, field secretary for the US Assemblies of God for the Far East. The school was established in 1964 as the Far East Advanced School of Theology (FEAST), with Harold Kohl as the founding president. The first building was constructed on the compound of Bethel Bible Institute in Manila, Philippines. This facility served the school until 1986 when the campus was moved to its present location in Baguio City, Philippines.

The curriculum of the school was originally structured to accommodate Assemblies of God ministers and Christian workers who had completed only a three-year Bible institute program. Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biblical Studies and Religious Education (four-year degrees), and a five-year Bachelor of Theology degree were offered. In 1978 the program was expanded to include Masters degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Education, and the Master of Divinity degree program was added in 1982. In 1989 the Bachelor of Arts programs began to be phased out. In 1985, property was purchased in Baguio City, Philippines, to provide a permanent campus for the school. Operations were moved to the new site in October 1986. In the years that followed, a number of buildings were erected on the new campus to house the growing student body and academic programs.

The name was changed from Far East Advanced School of Theology to Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in 1989 to better reflect the nature of the school in offering graduate degrees in theology. That same year the Master of Divinity degree was accredited by the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA). Their accreditation was renewed in 2003. In the same year Asia Pacific Theological Association (APTA) granted accreditation and in early 2000 accreditation was received from the Asia Theological Association (ATA). Both the APTA and the ATA accreditation were renewed in
2010. The ATESEA accreditation is due for renewal in 2014. From 2000-2002, several post-graduate programs were added, including the Th.M. in Pentecostal/Charismatic Studies (2000), which was replaced with the MTh (2009), and the D. Min in Pentecostal/Charismatic Spirituality (2002). In addition to the classes offered on the campus of APTS, courses are taught in extension centers in several Asia Pacific countries. More than 3,000 students have studied in APTS extension classes.

Accreditation

APTS is known for being accredited by theological agencies associated with all three main branches of the Protestant Christian Family:

Asia Theological Association (ATA) – Evangelical;
Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA) – Liberal;
Asia Pacific Theological Association (APTA) – Pentecostal/Charismatic
APTS also recently received 5 degree recognitions from the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

CHED

• Master of Divinity (M.Div)
• Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
– Islamic Concentration (M.A.I.S)
• Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A. Min.)
• Master of Theology (M.Th)
• Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)

ATESEA
• Master of Divinity (M.Div)
• Master of Arts Degrees (M.A.)
• Master of Theology (M.Th.)

APTA

• Master of Divinity (M.Div)
• Master of Arts Degrees (M.A.)
• Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)

ATA

• Master of Divinity (M.Div)
• Master of Arts Degrees (M.A.)
• Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)

Administration's Messages

Rev. Yee Tham Wan

President

“Therefore, we must
ARISE to be able to
SHINE effectively”

Jesus said we are salt and light of the world – salt to flavor the world, and light to shine into this dark world (Matt. 13-16) Just as genuine light will automatically shine. These are natural attributes for salt and light.

Isa. 60:1 is a Messianic passage and has implications for the Church today. The Church of Jesus Christ has His light and is indeed His light. We do not strive to become His light. Like the natural attributes of salt and light, disciples of Jesus Christ will shine very naturally.

We must, however, place ourselves where this light will shine most effectively. Therefore, we must ARISE to be able to shine effectively. Jesus warns us against covering our light. Instead, we should position ourselves so that we become as obvious as a city on a hill. When we ARISE & SHINE, people will see all our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)

I pray that this graduating class will go boldly to dark places where the Light is most needed. Light shines brightest in the darkest places.

 

Rev. Jun Kim

Associate Academic Dean

“Shine to the world with
the glory of God. Arise to
be the reflection of His
glory”

As we celebrate the successful ministry of APTS, the highest praise is given only to God for what He has done. APTS has been instrumental in making considerable impact upon the world through His servants, who had inherited the legacy of our Pentecostal/International/Missional education at APTS.

Paying attention to the theme this year, “Arise, Shine”, Isaiah 60:1, this always reminds us of our precious calling that we are called by God to arise to preach the gospel to the people living in the darkness.

Our campus, is not just about receiving good quality training in the classrooms, and going to the mission
fields with all the pastoral skills and theological knowledge.  In this regard, my earnest prayer for APTS is that whatever we teach and train God’s servants for, will not be mere skills or knowledge but a great instrument to count on God.

Rev. Debbie Johnson

Dean of Students

“Arise, shine, for your
light has come, and the
glory of the LORD rises
upon you.”
Isaiah 60:1

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60:1-3).

The recent near eruption of Mount Ta’al here in the Philippines followed by the increasingly dark news of the corona-virus has shaken China and brought trembling to many in the Philippines and around the world. But while God shakes the nations to bring them to repentance, God has something better to say to His people: “Arise, shine, for your light has come!”

Paul said, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” And our Lord Jesus has told us: “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 4:14a). 

As one American pastor says, “the coming great harvest will be the result of Christ’s presence! It will not be our programs or methods that bring this harvest into God’s barns; it will be the glory of the Lord.” (Francis Frangipane, The Days of His Presence, 10).

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