Over the past several months, the NEGST Letter has been introducing you to the schools that make up Africa International University (AIU). We looked at the vision of AIU and at two of its three schools: the Insitutute for the Study of African Realities, and the newly-formed School of Professional Studies. This issue focuses on the third school of AIU, and the one you may know best: Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology.
NEGST is founded on the Bible and its revelation of Jesus Christ. The institution came into being through the vision of the late Dr. Byang Kato of Nigeria, who was at the time the first African General Secretary of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and Madagascar.
Kato was deeply concerned because, at the time, the Evangelical churches in Africa had seen little need to provide training for their pastors beyond the certificate or diploma level. He spoke often of what he saw as a coming crisis of ‘Christopaganism’ in African Christianity and was convinced of the need for African Biblical Theologians with Advanced training who would help leadership in combating this trend.
Dr. Kato’s concern was not only academic, but deeply practical. The ultimate objective was not simply the enrichment of the scholar but of the ordinary believer in the churches-the African Christian who was often poorly taught and was vulnerable to a confused understanding of Christian truth. Dr. Kato was actively involved in seeking to strengthen Christian teaching provided by the local churches, and saw the establishment of an Evangelical Graduate school of theology as an instrument to that end.
After Dr. Kato’s death, the AEAM assumed responsibility for establishing a companion Anglophone Graduate School. The stated purpose then was to create a graduate school higher than the existing evangelical theological schools in Africa. The existing schools would then serve as feeder schools to NEGST. The school would offer Masters’ degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies and eventually Doctorates in Theology. Since its inception, NEGST has attracted students from public and private undergraduate institutions from all over Africa and beyond.
- A Christ-centered learning community in Africa, transforming society.
- NEGST exists primarily as an evangelical post-graduate theological institution to promote excellence in African Christianity.
- Spiritual Development
NEGST offers the following programs:-
- Certificate in Christian Ministries.
- Diploma in Christian Ministries.
- Bachelor of Theology.
- Post- Graduate Diploma.
- Master of Philosophy in Christian Education.
- Master of Theology in Biblical Studies, Mission Studies and World Christianity.
- Master of Divinity (MDIV) in Biblical Studies, Christian Education, Mission Studies, Theological Studies, Translation Studies, Church History, Pastoral Studies and MDIV General.
- Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies, Christian Education, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, Church History, Translation Studies and Theology.
- PhD in Biblical Studies, Translation Studies, Doctor of Ministry and Intercultural Studies.
Students in NEGST can be either Part Time or Full Time. Persons enrolled for 12 hours or more are considered Full-Time students and students enrolled for fewer hours in any of the programmes are considered Part-Time students.
NEGST provides limited on-campus housing for full-time graduate students. In the allocation of housing priority is given to students from outside Kenya, followed by students from outside Nairobi and then to those coming from Nairobi.
The institution has been at the forefront of producing Agents of Change who have been transformational in imparting excellence, relevance, justice and spiritual development in the African Church and Beyond. Examples of Agents of Change are Bishop Boniface Adoyo, a pioneer church leader in Kenya who transformed the Nairobi Pentecostal Church into Christ Is The Answer Ministries with a membership of over 30,000. Another agent of change is Pastor Oscar Muriu, the founder of the Nairobi Chapel Churches that have struck a cord with the young and upwardly mobile urban population.
Other agents of change from NEGST include Dr. Peter Okaalet, who has been selected by Time Magazine as one of the Ten Global Health Heros for his surpassing efforts in the battle against HIV/AIDS, Pastor Esther Obasiike an influential Nigerian pastor who is empowering women in Africa for God’s service, Bishop Bismarck Mande of the diocese of Mundri in Southern Sudan, the youngest Bishop of the Anglican Church in Africa, Cannon Peter Karanja General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and Pastor Omar Djoeandy, the Executive Director of SIM Australia. In a fast changing world, NEGST has provided these and other agents of change who are making a difference in Africa and beyond.
For more information about NEGST, you can reach us on the following address:-
Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology
P.O Box 24686-00502 Karen, Nairobi, Kenya.
Admissions Hotline: +254 725 841 885
Telephone: +254 20 260 3664