AST Newsletter 2020 October

The Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

NEWSLETTER, AUTUMN 2020

 

AST & NBIC Commencement Exercises

On 26th September, we celebrated the graduation of twelve students with a Bachelor in Theology, our
twelfth commencement exercise, at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo. We were honoured to have our Archbishop,
The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, giving the keynote address. He encouraged the graduates to continue
expanding their knowledge and keep following Jesus Christ and spread the Good News. We were blessed by
the presence of the Armenian Catholic Archbishop, Augustinus Koussa, who greeted the graduates, and
impressed on them, to always be proud of being disciples of Jesus Christ.
Lydia Eldeeb, as the graduating class elected representative, thanked Archbishop Mouneer and AST Dean,
Bishop Samy Shehata, as well as the faculty and staff, and her husband. She talked about the true purpose
of our life is „to be‟ and not „to possess‟. She said, „Today we are celebrating how God changed and
transformed us, through our theological studies, by His Word and Holy Spirit, to become His servants. Lydia
is now studying on the AST Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies Program.

On 15th August, the Nuba Mountain Bible Institute Cairo (NBIC) celebrated the graduation of ten students,
with a Diploma in Theology, their fifth commencement exercise, in All Saints Cathedral Hall. Six graduates
will remain in Cairo leading Sudanese congregations and six graduates will return to serve their home
churches in different regions in Sudan and Southern Sudan that include Nuba Mountains, Port Sudan and
Khartoum. Wesley, an Area Dean for around fifteen churches located in three refugee camps, that are full
of people from Nuba Mountains, in South Sudan said, “We close a chapter full of achievements, and as we
look towards the future, we open a new one, practically serve Jesus Christ.”

AST Staff & Faculty Gathering

At the end of August, AST faculty and staff were able to gather for a couple of days at the Villa Pathy
Christian Conference Centre near Alexandria, a much loved venue of the AST family. The team met to pray,
worship and plan for the upcoming academic year. Covid-19 had impacted the delivery of AST courses last
semester, and from mid-March campuses had been closed, however, over the last couple of years staff and
faculty had been using „Moodle‟ and were well equipped to enable, nearly all the activities, to be accessed
online, so that most classes were delivered live using Zoom, as well as uploaded onto „Moodle‟ for students
to review afterwards as week as access syllabi, assignments, as well as the capability to post enquiries. The
faculty and staff decided that the majority of courses for the next semester would be delivered „on campus‟
in Cairo, Alexandria and Minya, but made provision for some courses to continue to be delivered online using
Zoom.

AST BTh Program and Youth Track Program 2020/2021

AST enrolled forty-four new students, from a variety of denominational backgrounds, onto the BTh Program
in Cairo, Alexandria and Minya. On 23rd September, they attended an orientation day to be familiarised with
the policies and program, have fellowship with their soon to be classmates, and ask any questions prior to
their program commencement.
Prior to Mark Senada, AST faculty member, studying for a MA of Religion studies at Trinity School of Ministry
(Pennsylvania, USA), as the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, he trained and equipped youth leaders to serve
God and build a strong generation of youth. Rev. Mark has now developed the „Youth Leaders Training
Program‟ designed to develop the much needed middle and senior youth leadership in the local churches.
The program includes theological, counselling and leadership skill courses.

AST Staff & Faculty Appointments

We are delighted that Mark Abdel Messiah is now an AST faculty
member, and will be teaching „Apologetics‟, „Introduction to the Bible‟
and „Mission of God‟. Mark was born in Cairo and recently returned from
studying and being awarded a MA in Theology and a MTh at Puritan
Reformed Theological Seminary in Michigan, USA. Prior to this, he
studied for a BTh with AST and served in Syria. He has a degree in
Pharmacy, and is married to Rosie and has a son, John. He said,
“Studying at AST greatly influence my spiritual and practical life affecting
my approach to both the Bible and ministry.”

Sarah Emil is serving as Student Services
Manager at AST Alexandria. She graduated with
a Bachelor in Theology in 2015, and previously
studied Science at the University of Alexandria.
Enas Zaki is serving as Student Services
Manager at AST Minya, Upper Egypt. She
graduated with the first group of BTh students
last year. She has a PhD in Tourism Tourist
Guidance, and has enrolled on the MA in
Theology, a program delivered by AST in
partnership with PRTS.

Maha Abdelmalek has joined AST as the „Partnerships and Travel Study
Coordinator‟. After graduating from Helwan University (Cairo) with a degree
in Tourism Studies she went onto study a „Semi-MBA„ at Cardiff
Metropolitan University, UK. Maha is planning AST study tours for later next
year, so if you are interested get in touch!

 

 Give thanks for the new intake of students on the BTh Program. Please pray for faculty, staff and students
as they commence this new year during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 Praise God for the students who graduated this year. Please pray that they will be fruitful, as they serve in
their communities and churches.
 Give thanks for the well-established and good reputation of the St. Athanasius Campus in Minya. Please
pray for the completion and furnishing of the new building New Minya by next year.
 Give thanks for the St. Frumentius Campus in Gambella, Ethiopia. Please pray, in these difficult
circumstances, for teaching and classes to re-commence.

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