Malaysia Theological Seminary

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Malaysia Theological Seminary
Seminari Theoloji Malaysia
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Type Seminary
Established 6 January 1979
President Bishop Rev Dr Hwa Yung
Principal Rev Dr Ezra Kok Hon Seng
Location Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Affiliations Anglican (West Malaysia)
Anglican (Sabah)
ELCMS (Lutheran)
LCMS (Lutheran)

Malaysia Theological Seminary (Malay: Seminari Theoloji Malaysia or STM) is an interdenominational Protestant seminary in the town of Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Established in 1979, STM is accredited by the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA) and a participating school of the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology (SEAGST) from which the Master of Theology degree is awarded.[1]


STM started as a joint-venture among the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia, the Methodists and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Malaysia and Singapore (ELCMS) in Malaysia and was opened on 6 January 1979 (Feast of Epiphany). Its stated aim in the Companies Act of Malaysia under which it was incorporated was "to provide education in the Christian faith for the service in the ministry, worship and witness of the Church."[2] This venture built upon a 1974 collaboration between the Anglicans and the Evangelical Lutherans that saw the merger of the Christian Training Centre (founded by the Lutherans in 1969) and the St. Mark's Training Centre (founded by the Anglicans in 1970) that was called Kolej Theologi Malaysia (KTM) or Malaysia Theological College (in English).[2]

Since then, other Christian denominations have joined STM's governing council and participated in the development of the seminary, including the Anglican Diocese of Sabah, the Presbyterians and the Lutherans (LCMS).

Before STM's relocation to its current premises in 1998, it had been operating from rented premises in the following locations:


STM is governed by a council that is elected biennially. The founding members include the late Bishop C.N. Fang (Methodist), the late Bishop E.B. Muthusami (ELCM) and the late Bishop Tan Sri J.G. Savarimuthu (Anglican).


  • Rev. Datuk Dr. Denis C. Dutton: 1979–1986
  • Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung: 1986–2001
  • Rev. Dr. Ezra Kok: 2001–March 2015
  • Rev. Dr. Philip Siew: April 2015 - present

Academic programmes[edit]

STM offers both residential and extension academic programmes (through their Theological Education by Extension or TEE programme) leading to the awarding of the following qualifications:[3]

Certificates and diplomas[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ STM Site : Accreditation
  2. ^ a b John Roxborogh, "Ten Years of Seminari theoloji Malaysia," STM 10th Anniversary Souvenir Magazine 1979-1989, p.22
  3. ^ STM Site : Academics
  4. ^ Malaysian CARE : Certificate in Christian Ministry (Social Ministry)
  5. ^ Degree awarded by the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology

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