Berea Theological College began in 1985 after the creation of Eldoret Diocese out of the Diocese of Nakuru in 1983. The training institute for the ordained ministry for the then Greater Nakuru Diocese was St. Paul’s Divinity School, Kapsabet started in 1961.
Berea college began as a diocesan college and soon it was recommended by the provincial Board of Theological Education (PBTE) to be one of the provincial colleges, where students were registered for a provincial certificate after a three-year theological training. From 1991, the college adopted the Limuru Curriculum where students are prepared for a three-year Diploma course in Theological training.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS AND UNIVERSITIES IN EAST AFRICA.
Berea college is a member of the following theological institutions:-
1. The Association of Theological in East Africa (ATIEA)
2. Africa Network of institutions of Theological Education preparing Anglicans for ministry (ANITEPAM)
3. African Theological Fellowship (ATF) which is affiliated to oxford center for mission Studies – England (OCMS), whose chairman is the retired Anglican Archbishop of Kenya Rev. Dr. David Gitari
4. The Provincial Board of Theological Education (PBTE) whose chairman is the Rt. Rev. Gideon Githiga (Ph. D)
5. Berea college is affiliated to St.Paul’s United Theological College, Limuru, which is one of the higher theological institutions awarding the Bachelor of Divinity Degree (BD) and Masters in Theology (MTH) from Aberdeen University, Scotland.
These member institutions co-operate in seeking to advance theological education in Africa.
THE PURPOSE OF THE COLLEGE.
Seeks to train both men and women in theology, Pastoralia, means of worship and evangelism methods primarily with a view to preparing candidates for the ordained Ministry.
The aim of the institution is to achieve two things:-
1. The formation of spiritual maturity
2. Academic excellence
Berea college is gaining recognition due to the high standards for it’s pastoral and academic achievements.
The call to the ordained ministry is a call to seek God by studying the scriptures, to deepen personal faith and devotion and desire to be with the community of God’s people and to make God a reality in their lives and an equal desire to deepen one’s own discipleship of Christ.
Berea college exists to stimulate understanding of the Christian faith and to emphasize ethics and to motivate people for service to society. It is the responsibility of both staff and students to provide the personal participation, which contributes to Berea’s Christian character and commitment.
The spiritual commitment is expressed in worship, in the Academic program and in extra-curricular communal activities.
SUMMARY OF THE COURSES
1. Biblical courses:
Candidates take mandatory courses in Biblical studies in each of their three years at college. The common aim for all these courses is to train students to interpret the Bible. Exegetical courses on the biblical text are designed to cover a wide range of Biblical books. Students are encouraged to explore the theology of the text in order to relate biblical insights to contemporary social and cultural contexts.
Good biblical interpretation demands a full knowledge of the text, a deep awareness of contemporary society and a real desire to proclaim the Good News.
2. Theological Courses:
The courses are systematic and African theology for instance equips the student with a basic understanding of the major doctrines of the Christian faith, with reference to historical and modern developments.
Requirements and procedures.
To be admitted to the college, their own Diocesan Bishop’s Examining Chaplain panel must first of all accept potential candidates. They make initial application through their local parishes where the parish priest makes recommendation and forwards the application of the candidate to the Bishop’s Examining Chaplain panel. If selected the Examining authorities will forward the candidates names to the college and provide the necessary financial support during the three-year training.
The college admits students to a course leading to a Diploma in Theology recognised under the auspices of affiliation to St. Paul’s United Theological College-Limuru. Candidates seeking admission must have either a division three O level Kenya Certificate student examination(KCSE) qualification or a C under the new 8-4-4 system.
Candidates without the qualifications are required to sit for the special Entrance Examination (SEE). As the language of instruction in the college is English, the examination test is designed to assess the candidates’ ability in English composition, Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Expression and dictation.
At the end of a three-year course, the candidate will receive the Limuru Diploma Certificate in Theology and Academic Record.
Further information may be obtained from:-
Berea Theological College
P.O. Box 1945
NAKURU – KENYA