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