Bethlehem Bible College has officially signed an academic memorandum of understanding to launch a Ph.D. program in theology grounded in a Middle Eastern context

We are pleased to announce the official signing of an academic memorandum of understanding to launch a high-quality Ph.D. program in theology in the Middle East!

Bethlehem Bible College has officially signed an academic memorandum of understanding to launch a Ph.D. program in theology grounded in a Middle Eastern context, in collaboration with the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon and the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo forming the Middle East Graduate Theological Consortium (MEGTC); together, they have established a strategic partnership with the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam (PThU).

This initiative stands as a noteworthy milestone in theological research and education, as it exclusively focuses on a research doctorate program. Rooted in a shared ethos of collaboration and a steadfast commitment to serving the church by producing high-level research in the Middle East region, the program is crafted to utilize the collective human and learning resources of the three institutions, with potential engagement from additional individuals within the region.

Students embarking on this academic journey will become integral parts of the program through MEGTC and will be conferred with the Ph.D. degree from PThU Amsterdam upon successful completion.

Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College, shares his excitement: ” This is a tremendous achievement and an important milestone in the journey of BethBC. This program will serve the church in the Middle East through quality research and devotion to excellence and critical thinking. Students can conduct research with high quality while continuing to be rooted in the Middle East”

Rev. Dr. Jack Sara, Bethlehem Bible College’s President, expresses gratitude: “We are honored by this partnership with strong theological education institutions that share the same values, beliefs, and mission philosophy. We have been working on this for almost six years and this is the result of hard work and commitment from all institutions. This collaboration will undoubtedly serve all parties involved.”

Rev. Sara added: “This doctoral program is not just a milestone for our institution but a testament to our unwavering commitment to advancing theological education in the Middle East.”

Congratulations to our college on this remarkable achievement!