The education department of Global Missions, UPCI and its flagship educational program, the Global Association of Theological Studies/Global University of Theological Studies, is thrilled with a growing number of schools globally. Our goal is for each nation to have at least one Bible school or training program.
This page highlights the work of our Bible schools and their faculty in teaching all nations. Discipleship, ministerial preparation, and leadership development are our goals. Competent equipped instructors produce competent equipped preachers (2 Timothy 3:7). We are pursuing ministerial excellence.
GERMAN SPEAKING NATIONS (GSN): Apostolic Ministry Training Center
Photos from missionary Nathan Hulsman
MALAWI: 2018/2019 Graduating Students
We even had a very unique situation with four of our students who were from the Dzaleka refuge camp that we have been working with for several years. One of the students was the senior pastors wife, who could only come with her infant daughter, we agreed to let her come and see how it would work. Sis. Baraka not only finished all of her classes with her infant daughter Blessings attending all of the classes as well. But Sis. Baraka even finished as one of the top 5 students with her high GPA in the 90th percentile. In one of the pictures you can see blessings siting on the desk during class. We also presented Blessings with an honorary certificate from Apostolic Bible College as Sis. Baraka received her Certificate from GATS.
HAITI: Bible Schools 2020
BRAZIL: Various Bible School Pics
My father, Philip D. Walmer and fellow missionary, the late Bennie L. DeMerchant, together understood that the work in Brazil would need an enhanced network of training centers if we ever hoped of reaching that nation for the cause of Christ. Together they pushed for the opening of other schools in their respective regions and under the guidance and vision of Bro. DeMerchant's national leadership, the ministerial training of workers and leaders has morphed into an astounding 135 schools nationwide.
Today we stand on the shoulders of these spiritual giants to enhance and further the work they started. Our challenges are different today, one being the preparation of able Bible school teachers to fill the classrooms of these training centers. Nevertheless, we face these challenges with faith & optimism, as our predecessors did in their day, knowing that God will give us the strength, knowledge & wisdom to expand this endeavor even into the most remote villages and venues of that country. To this end we are most inspired!
Attached you will find some pictures of the Bible school students of different places and times in Brazil. I know this is well after the date you had requested these materials but I wanted to send them on to you. And others shall follow.
Portugal: Bible School
Fiji: 2017 Bible School Graduation
Scotland: Harvest Bible College is Global by Jerolyn Kelley
Early in our missionary career we came across a tiny plaque that says, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” This little plaque has hung in our kitchen for over 32 years and is a constant reminder of the beauty of teamwork.
When we look back over the years and see all that God has ordained for the full time Bible School of the United Pentecostal Church of Great Britain & Ireland, we are amazed at the hand of God. In 1996 when the church in Glasgow, Scotland miraculously acquired two buildings with two parking lots on a main thoroughfare for only $130,000.00, my husband prophetically told the congregation that these facilities were for more than the local church. (click here to view entire story in PDF)
GUATEMALA: Bible School Update
PERU: Gats Training 2016
What a great joy to be involved in the GATS Teacher Training Seminar Program! Last year, Missionary Joe Bir asked me to come with him to Peru and help teach the very first GATS Teacher Training Seminar in Lima, Peru. At that time, we had a good number of interested people show up for the seminar, and it was a tremendous success. The Peruvian people were open to teaching and eagerly received everything that we had to offer -- so much so that they squeezed all of the "teach" right out of us! (click here to view entire story in PDF)
Guatemala: GATS Faculty Education Program in Central America
Philippines: ACTS Graduation 2016
INDIA: Update from missionary Prince Mathiasz
The graduation ceremony was greatly blessed on the 8th of March with 43 students receiving their Certificates. Brothers Shalm and McDougal were our special guests and the power of the Holy Spirit was truly manifested. You may also have the GATS Asia 2014 presentation with you which was given during the GEC meetings in January. 15 new students were welcomed and enrolled for this school year and classes are in full swing. On another note, today in Bible College class, everyone prayed for the Ladies Ministries of North America, Global Missions, and specially for you for helping the them study the Word of God. It was so nice to see the students do this during class prayers. Thank you for what you, the Ladies and Global Missions are doing for the region of Asia in the very vital area of teaching and training.
Argentina: Bible School Graduation
Various: Bible School Graduations
HOLLAND: Bible School
Bible School Class in Holland.
BRAZIL: Diversified & Working Together by Bennie DeMerchant
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love, one to another." (John 13:35) My curiosity arose as I flipped through pages and pages of local church names in the UPCI Directory. I started listing the most common names of local churches and gave up. There are hundreds of church names affiliated with the UPCI! Wow! I previously thought the number was a few dozen! Most local churches in US and Canada have their own governing boards, own their properties, acquire tax exemption, pay utilities, maintenance, and other you- name-it administrative costs. (click here to view entire story in PDF)
Eating, Sleeping, & Breathing Bible School Education by Melinda Poitras
I sit around tables sometimes and listen to my friends talk about the “glory days” of their childhood and all of the experiences that they had in public school. The way the education system worked where they were from, the people around them, the hardships they faced: persecution, exposure to sin and the outside world, cafeteria food. They also discuss the teachers: some quirky, some geeky, some hardnosed, some brilliant, some absolutely life changing. I don’t have much to say during these discussions because I never went to public school. I was homeschooled in Africa. My teacher was quirky, geeky, hardnosed, brilliant, and absolutely life changing. She was married to another teacher. And as teachers – they raised me. Quite possibly, to be a teacher. Time will tell.... (click here to view entire story in PDF)
HAITI: Bible School Praise Report
The January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti caused significant damage to our Headquarter's Complex which houses not only our District offices but also the Institut Biblique International des Caraibes. Through the help of so many people, we have been able to make the necessary repairs to reopen the IBIC. It was with much excitement that on January 12, 2011 (exactly one year after the devastating earthquake) the Institut Biblique International des Caraibes officially reopened. We rejoice with the Haitian people as God continually gives them renewed hope.
Expanding the Borders of Education & Training by Bruce Howell
You may have heard the analogy of the island of knowledge and the sea of ignorance. It goes like this: “We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” In other words, the more we learn, the more we become aware of how much we don’t know. It’s an honest acknowledgment of our limitations and the vastness of God’s creation. The thought is credited to John A. Wheeler, a physicist who worked with Einstein. The more he learned, the more questions came up. Has this ever happened when you taught a new convert a Bible study? (click here to view entire document in PDF)
Running with the Message by Bruce Howell
2 Samuel 18 shares an embarrassing story where a runner aspired to run. One problem; he didn’t have any message. But, he wanted to run so desperately. His leader cautioned, “Why would you run? You have no message ready.” But finally he agreed, “What’s the harm. Run!” The runner, exhausted, reached his destination. Still one problem; he was sent, but had no message. Pathetically, he stepped out-of-the-way to make space for the runner with the message. How sad; a willing heart, ready feet, sent, but coming up short with the Word.
The multi-faceted ministries of the Foreign Missions Division have one mission in mind. We want to see Jesus announced, and exalted in every tribe and nation. Therefore, we “send the message, train messengers, produce self-supporting, self-propagating, self-governing churches; establish fellowship in truth and holiness.”.... (click here to view entire story in PDF)
PHILIPPINES: Come on Jesus! by Trent Gilliam (AIM)
ACTS Bible College in Manila, Philippines along with ten local churches got together for a crusade night. Visitors filed in for an hour and a half. A total of 105 received the Holy Ghost in that one service and twenty-nine were baptized in Jesus name.
A family of four calls this simple "wagon" home. It's where they sleep and keep all their earthly belongings. The students at ACTS Bible College invited them to the crusade. Dad and mom were filled with the Holy Ghost and all four were baptized in Jesus name.
The Far-Reaching Bible School Program by Jim Poitras
At the turn of the 20th century, a Bible school teacher stood in his classroom to give an assignment. Perhaps the students moaned and whispered, “Another assignment!” He reported, “I set the students at work studying out diligently what was the Bible evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost that we might go before the world with something that was indisputable because it tallied absolutely with the Word.”
Charles Parham left school for three days (faculty, don’t get any ideas. Smile!) He returned the morning of December 31, 1900 to collect the assignments. He wrote, “To my astonishment they all had the same story, that while there were different things occurring when the Pentecostal blessing fell, that the indisputable proof on each occasion was, that they spoke with other tongues.” The next day one of the students at Bethel Bible School, Agnes Ozman, received the Holy Ghost as the Parham laid his hands on her. Within two days others students and the teacher himself had received the Holy Ghost. The Pentecostal revival began in a Bible school classroom and nothing will ever be able to stop it.... (click here to view entire story in PDF)
GHANA: Bible School Grads
PHILIPPINES: GATS Teaching Training in Manila
Training using the GATS Advance Educators Series and other material continued in Manila for faculty from five Bible schools in the Philippines. The three day training program was arranged by Missionary Kevin Vacca and facilitated by GTI trainers Dr. Sidney Poe and Rev. Galen Thompson.
Thirty seven leaders from five apostolic Bible schools met at the C.P. Kilgore Bible College in Manila for twelve hours of intense teacher training. Leaders in attendance included Missionaries Kevin Vacca, and John Cogan, Bible College Leader John Wolfram, their wives, and a number of senior faculty and leaders from the national Bible schools. Subjects on the agenda in 2010 included principle centered teaching, the teacher and his family, mentoring students, understanding personality, the power of positive influence, and other timely topics presented in a workshop format.
The training completes qualifying requirements for the Advance Educators Series basic faculty development course for many of these teachers. Appropriate certificates will be forthcoming from GATS leadership in the Department of Education, FMD, Hazelwood, MO.
In 2009 forty four Bible school faculty and leaders were trained in Manila, and an additional twelve faculty members in Davao. Tentative plans were made to continue GATS teacher training for a third consecutive year with facilitators Dr. Poe and Rev. Thompson in May, 2011.