Ack. Bishop Hannington Institute Of Thelogy and Development Studies . Divinity training began in Mombasa in 1885 with the decision to form the Freretown Divinity School with nine students. Initially training was mainly for evangelists but in 1913 ordination candidates were called. Some of those trained as evangelists, such as James Beimler of Rabai, Lugo Gore of Jimba and Timothy Mapenzi from Changombe, were later ordained. In 1930 the Divinity School was moved to Limuru. Training of ordinands was not done in Mombasa until in the 1960s, when the Coast Bible School was housed near the Mombasa Memorial Cathedral.
In 1956, the institution was moved to a new site in the grounds of St. Luke’s Church, Makupa with the name Coast Bible School. In 1990 students moved to the Buxton site behind C.I.T.C. with a new name, the ACK Bishop Hannington Institute. The institute was named after the first Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, James Hannington, who was martyred on his way to Uganda in 1885. He was a man who knew that commitment to Christ did not guarantee an easy life. In naming the institute after him, one of the early men of vision for theological training has been remembered.
Between 1985 and 1991, students were trained at certificate level, but from 1992 education has been geared towards the St. Paul’s Diploma in Theology. Some students have gone on from Diploma level to proceed for a Degree at St Paul’s Theological College Limuru.
THE MOTTO OF THE INSTITUTE
“Training for the maturity of Christ” (COL. 1:28)
It is the prayer of the board and the staff that the same qualities that inspired Bishop Hannington may be developed in training leaders for maturity in Christ.
The ACK Bishop Hannington Institute is a Provincial College. Students are selected after interviews at the Parish, Deanery, Archdeaconry and Diocesan levels.
Among other things candidate should have the following qualities:
(a) Academic – a minimum of a Div III school certificate or C- of the 8-4-4 system. Otherwise a special entrance examination set by St. Paul’s Limuru has to be passed. This is done in March.
(b) Testimony – each candidate needs a personal experience of salvation, which is seen in his family family & church life.
(c) Call – students must have a clear call to the ordained ministry. A married student must share this call with his/her spouse.
The course work is taught in five divisions :-
1. Biblical Studies – students cover OT & NT subjects each year. An introduction in the first year, exegesis of set books in the second and the study of theme in the third.
2. Historical Studies are covered in two years – General History and African Church History.
3. Theological studies are taught in the second two years – Systematic Theology and African Christian Theology with Christian Ethics.
4. Religious Studies in the first year covers three areas – Introduction to Religions; African Traditional Religion & Islam.
Pastoral Studies are covered each year. First year has psychology and sociology. Second year has Christian Worship & Homiletics. In the third year Mission & Development is taught along with Pastoral Care & Counseling and Christian Education.
Bishop Hannington Institute has a capacity of 42 students at the moment while there is also hope to increase the number of students as time goes by. There are 19 extra murals and 23 full time students, that is we have 14 first years and 9 full time students.
Currently Bishop Hannington Institute has two classrooms, a library and some offices, dorms (both male & female), a dining room, kitchen and tutors resident, but we are planning to expand the college in terms of new buildings and increase the number of students extra mural and full time. Computer training will soon be offered, to enrich our students in Computer technology. We believe the Lord will help us through this. Amen.
Bishop Hannington Institute Mombasa
P.O. Box 81150