Over the the past six years, we have been on a journey across cultures, and what a learning experience and blessing it has been! We continue to have a burden for theological education in Africa. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about what we are doing and why.
Where exactly have you been serving?
We began by serving at Scott Christian University in Machakos, about two hours south east of Nairobi. After being there about five years, we moved to NEGST last year. NEGST stands for Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology.
Why overseas theological education?
Jamie has spent many years studying the Bible in order to help God’s people to better understand the Bible and know the God of the Bible. As he was finishing his doctoral studies at Wheaton in 2011, he began to contemplate the future and was struck by the huge disparity between the need for theological educators in the US versus the need elsewhere in the world. In terms of stewardship of God’s Kingdom resources, he felt strongly that his teaching would be best used overseas.
Why Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology?
NEGST is a highly strategic school in Africa, arguably the most prominant evangelical school of theology on the continent, outside of South Africa. As a result, NEGST draws students from all over Africa, and even outside of Africa. Currently, about 30 nations are represented in the student body. Some of our theology students will return to South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, and elsewhere as some of the most highly-educated pastors or theologians in their area, and will thus be in a good position to train other pastors as well. One of the exciting aspects of teaching at NEGST is knowing that the training we provide will be multiplied as our students pass along what they have learned not only to their congregations but also to other pastors and church leaders. Since NEGST offers programs at all levels (Diploma, Masters, Bachelors, PhD), our students are not only pastors, but future teachers, theologians, and missionaries who may shape the future of Christianity in Africa. As a lecturer at NEGST, this offers a great deal of potential for positive influence.
What is Jamie’s role at NEGST?
Currently Jamie’s focus is teaching. He teaches at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral levels, but primarily at the Masters level. His courses are primarily in Bible, Hebrew, and Biblical Theology. Beyond his courses, he supervises Masters students in their theses and Old Testament Doctoral students in their dissertations. Occasionally there are additional ways in which he is able to contribute at NEGST/AIU, such as preaching in chapel, helping with graduation, etc.
Who are your kids, and how old are they?
Eliya, May 21, 2011
Carys, May 8, 2013
Daniel and Talia, September 5, 2014
Jonathan, February 5, 2018
What is Kim’s role at Scott?
With our kids being so young, Kim’s main area of ministry is in running our home and homeschooling our four oldest. She continues to work on learning Swahili and using it in the community and in relationships with people around us.
How long do you plan to stay in Kenya?
We both have a desire to serve the Lord wherever He places us. We don’t know how long the Lord may keep us at NEGST, of course, but we would like to be there long-term.