- Overseeing the administration of the graduate studies program of
the seminary in collaboration with the Graduate Studies Committee,
the academic dean, and the registrar
- Recruiting, promoting, and overseeing the annual admission of new
students into the program. Developing the graduate studies course
curriculum and monitoring student progress towards its fulfillment.
- Contributing to the continuing theological and biblical education
of leadership in the Presbyterian Synod of the Nile and other
church-related organizations, as requested
- Teaching five courses during the academic year.
- Updating program student manuals annually.
- Helping the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC) to
envision and pursue graduate programs that appeal to students
throughout the Arabic-speaking world as well as the students
throughout the world who are interested in understanding Middle
Eastern theology, biblical interpretation, history, and culture.
- Fully participating in the spiritual, academic and community life
of the seminary.
The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC), Egypt, an
institution of the Presbyterian Synod of the Nile, is the oldest and
the largest Protestant Arabic-speaking seminary in the world. Its
graduate studies program, founded in 1999, serves several dozen
students, primarily pastors and lay leaders from the Middle East, by
offering master’s degrees in Biblical Studies, Christianity in the
Middle East, Systematic Theology, and Organizational Leadership and
Management. The program currently includes a ThM degree and the
institution is developing partnerships with other institutions to
offer DMin and PhD degrees.
Egypt is home to a rich Christian history and heritage. Due to its
enormous population of over 102 million (in 2020), it remains one of
the largest Islamic countries of the world and is the seat of the
influential and respected Al-Azhar University, a leading international
The Christian community, while comprises roughly 10% of the overall
population, still represents the largest Christian presence among all
Middle Eastern Countries. The Coptic Orthodox Church claims as many as
ten million members. The other Christian churches, although small, are
vital and active. Indeed, Evangelical churches in Egypt made
significant contributions to the Arab Spring, a contribution
recognized by Christians and Muslims alike.
The Evangelical Synod of the Nile was founded in the nineteenth
century by American Presbyterian missionaries. As has been the case
here, as elsewhere in the Middle East, the original impulse of the
western missionary movement was to the world of Islam. Nonetheless,
the converts were almost entirely from the Orthodox Christian family,
a source of irritation and distrust that exists to the present day.
The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC) is the largest
Protestant Arabic-speaking Christian seminary in the world, with a
student body of over 450. Four years of training in the traditional
disciplines leads to a Master of Divinity (MDiv). Other degrees
offered include the Master of Theology (MAT) and Masters in Leadership
and Management (MLM). DMin and PhD programs are in development in
cooperation with other major seminaries. Students from other Arabic
speaking countries attend, due to the excellent quality of education
and the relative security of Egypt.