China Graduate School of Theology

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China Graduate School of Theology
China Graduate School of Theology logo.png
Established1975
PresidentStephen Lee
Location,
22°20′20″N 114°10′37″E / 22.339°N 114.177°E / 22.339; 114.177Coordinates: 22°20′20″N 114°10′37″E / 22.339°N 114.177°E / 22.339; 114.177
Websitewww.cgst.edu

The China Graduate School of Theology (CGST) is a theological seminary in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. The President is Stephen Lee,[1] who succeeded Carver Yu in 2013.

CGST is accredited by the Asia Theological Association to offer Master of Christian Studies, Master of Divinity, and Master of Theology degrees.[2] It is also a member of the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia.

The CGST campus on Devon Road, Kowloon Tong

History[edit]

CGST started in 1975. In the mid 1960s, a group of students at Westminster Theological Seminary developed the idea of establishing "an indigenous, inter-denominational, evangelical and graduate level theological institution for the purpose of training university graduates to serve the churches in China and to evangelize around the world."[3] This group included Jonathan Chao (who became the first President) and Che Bin Tan. Tan had noticed that "in America, seminaries assume that the spiritual needs of students will be met through their church involvement". Thus, "a major aim of CGST, in reaction against the perceived neglect in America of the students' spiritual growth, has been to incorporate the spiritual dimension more effectively in the lives of the students."[4] CGST has also been "working at specialized approaches to reach blue collar workers," including the composition of Christian hymns "using well known Chinese folk tunes".[5]

According to its mission statement, CGST upholds the "absolute truth of the Bible's inerrancy", and "works toward a contextual theology that is relevant to and brings transformation to Chinese culture."[6] It also values expository preaching and spiritual formation.[6]

CGST has two campuses close together: Devon Campus on Devon Road, and Dorset Campus on Dorset Crescent.

The institution previously published a journal, the China Graduate School of Theology Journal (CGST Journal or CGSTJ).[7] It was founded in 1986 with Wilson Chow as the editor-in chief. Publication ceased in 2013, due to a perceived need to "build up new and effective ways for conducting and publicizing theological dialogues."[8]

Leadership[edit]

  • Philip Teng (1975–1988) - Honorary President
  • Wilson Chow (1989–2006) - President Emeritii
  • Carver Yu (2006–2013) - President Emeritii
  • Stephen Lee (2013–present)

Faculty[edit]

Biblical Studies[edit]

  • Stephen Lee - Lam Ko Kit Tak Professor
  • Luke Cheung - Wilson Chow Professor
  • Ka Leung Wong - Chan Chu So Wah Professor
  • Kasper Wong - Professor
  • Simon CC Cheung - Henry Co See Cho Associate Professor
  • Joyce WL Sun - Associate Professor
  • Xia Xia Xue - Assistant Professor

Theological Studies[edit]

  • Daniel Lee - Eleanor and Wayne Chiu Associate Professor
  • Kin Yip Louie - Heavenly Blessings Associate Professor
  • Jean Lee - Abundant Grace Associate Professor
  • Bernard Wong - Assistant Professor
  • Liang Hong - Assistant Professor
  • Jun Song - Assistant Professor

Practical Studies[edit]

  • Wance Kwan - Assistant Professor
  • Timothy Au - Assistant Professor
  • Yi Jung Pan - Assistant Professor
  • May Yip - Assistant Professor
  • Michael Chu - Assistant Professor

Counselling Studies[edit]

  • Raymond Au - Carson & Virginia Mok Professor
  • Jane Mann - Assistant Professor
  • Tracy Lo - Assistant Professor

Former Faculty[edit]

  • Ronald Y. K. Fung - prominent biblical commentator - now retired.
  • Fred T. Cheung - now retired
  • Carver Yu - President Emeritii - now retired.
  • Phee Seng Kang - now retired.
  • Philip Yeung - Honorary Chaplain - now retired.
  • Wai Yee Ng - now retired.
  • Wallace Louie - now retired.
  • Wing Hung Lam - now retired.
  • Sau Wah Leung
  • Jason Yeung
  • Xi Yi (Kevin) Yao
  • Esther Yue L. Ng
  • Kin Lam - former chaplain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President's Word". China Graduate School of Theology. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  2. ^ "China Graduate School of Theology". Asia Theological Association. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  3. ^ "History". China Graduate School of Theology. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  4. ^ Kraft, Charles H. (2013). SWM/SIS at Forty: A Participant/observer's View of Our History. William Carey Library. p. 165. ISBN 9780878083497. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ Yung, Hwa (2011). "Critical Issues Facing Theological Education in Asia". Christianity and Education: Shaping Christian Thinking in Context. p. 78. ISBN 9781870345811. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Mission". China Graduate School of Theology. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Journal". China Graduate School of Theology. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ Yu, Carver T. (2013). "A Time to Pioneer, A Time to Pause: The Decision to Terminate the CGST Journal". China Graduate School of Theology Journal. 55: 11. Retrieved 17 November 2015.

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