South African Theological Seminary

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The South African Theological Seminary (SATS) is a distance education institution based in Bryanston, South Africa. As of May 2018, Kevin Smith is the principal of the seminary.

The seminary was established by Christopher Peppler in 1996 and is one of the founding members of the National Association of Distance Education Organisation in South Africa (NADEOSA). SATS is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and its qualifications are registered with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training, which is similar and comparable to the US regional accreditation in quality.[citation needed] SATS has the authority to issue qualifications up to the doctorate level and provides the following programmes: Undergraduate (Higher Certificate in Christian Life, Higher Certificate in Christian Counseling and Bachelor of Theology B.Th.) and post-graduate (B.Th. Honours, M.Th., Ph.D. in Theology). SATS comes under the spiritual oversight of the elders of The Village Church[1] which was planted by Rosebank Union Church. The seminary is broadly Evangelical. The mission of the South African Theological Seminary is to provide Bible-based, Christ-centred and Spirit-led distance education and training to Christians, and leaders in particular, within their local church environment, to equip them to be Holy Spirit empowered members of God’s household.

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