Preface: Reasons for Writing an Early History of FATEB

There remain only a few people living who were present in January, 1973 at the Second General Assembly of AEAM in Limuru, Kenya, when a decision was made to found two university-level theological schools in Africa, one for the francophones and one for the anglophones I was able to attend that..... read more

Chapter 1: Events Leading to FATEB’s Founding, 1966-1973

The Faculté de Théologie Évangélique de Bangui (FATEB), often known among English speakers as the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology (BEST), first opened its doors to French-speaking students in October 1977 (Minutes 1977) It was located in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African..... read more

Chapter 2: Limuru 1973 to Bangui 1976

The General Assembly of AEAM, held in Limuru, Kenya, February 1-8, 1973, brought together 162 delegates from 27 African countries plus observers from India, USA, Great Britain, and Germany By this time, nine national evangelical fellowships in Africa had been formed, of which eight were..... read more

Chapter 3: FATEB in Bangui, 1976 to 1982

With the designation of Dr Paul White as Dean of FATEB and a Board of Governors that had begun to function, the local Action Committee was no longer needed The management of the seminary project shifted away from three years of guidance by committees to the personal leadership of Dr White as Dean,..... read more

Author’s Note

Few sources for this period of FATEB’s history were available beyond what existed in my personal files I hope that additional sources may be found to develop this narrative further and to facilitate the writing of a more complete subsequent history of FATEB As a participant in the nearly five..... read more

Early Photographs of FATEB

Isaac Zokoué Paul and Arlene White FATEB campus first building FATEB campus Pope's visit 2015 FATEB..... read more

References

Articles, Books, Lectures, Minutes, Etc ACTEA Directory of Theological Schools in Africa, 1985, and ACTEA Directory Supplement, 1988 “Africa Evangelicals Offered Choice Property by President of the Central African Republic” AEAM Press Release March 20, 1974 Afroscope, 4, no..... read more

What Are We Learning? A Critical Question for Theological Institutions in a Time of Disruption

“You talk about coming out of the pandemic, but we are very much in the middle of it”: Those words, spoken by a friend in Latin America, stand as a stark reminder that the COVID-19 crisis has not only impacted the world but continues to do so Theological education in particular has not escaped..... read more

Financial Information for Decision-Making in Majority World Seminaries

Introduction During the COVID-19 pandemic, a seminary in Brazil decided to offer online courses, just like many other seminaries in the Majority World They made the decision quickly because of the need to continue to offer classes during lockdown Unusually, the school did not have a preexisting..... read more

Principles and Practices for Fundraising by Majority World Seminaries

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every source of seminary income Many seminaries have seen tuition income decline precipitously (Even before the pandemic, tuition on average only met between a third and half of a school’s financial needs (Smith 2015)) Other sources of income..... read more