About the Seminary
Rev. Yee Tham Wan
“Therefore, we must
ARISE to be able to
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
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
“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).