Training in Cape Town to lead others
May 11 2001 by Tony Cartledge , BR Editor

Training in Cape Town to lead others | Friday, May 11, 2001

Friday, May 11, 2001

Training in Cape Town to lead others

By Tony Cartledge BR Editor The Baptist Theological College of Cape Town will soon be re-christened as the Cape Town Baptist Seminary. The school is one of two seminaries serving the Baptist Union of Southern Africa. The other is in Randburg, near Johannesburg. The Cape Town school was started in 1974 and offers both undergraduate and graduate level degrees. Its six full-time faculty members, two of whom are missionaries from the International Mission Board (IMB), currently teach 63 students representing all three of the major racial/ethnic groups in southern Africa. The school has plans to hire its first black African faculty member within the year, one who speaks African languages as his or her first tongue.

Classes are taught in English, but students also speak Afrikaans, along with Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana, siSotho and other indigenous languages. When they gather for worship three times each week, students and faculty join in praise choruses that include many songs that are popular in American churches.

Gerhard Venter, the school's principal (equivalent to president), is dedicated to raising funds to assist more students. An unfortunate result of apartheid's end is that a local theological college for black students was closed so all could attend the Baptist Theological College, but fees are higher there, and many black students cannot afford the tuition and living costs. The school already covers two-thirds of its budget through development efforts, relying on tuition for the remainder.

Venter hopes additional funds will make more scholarship money available for the most needy students. The western Cape's population is about 60 percent colored, 20 percent black and 20 percent white, while the eastern cape's population is about 90 percent black. Yet, less than a third of the school's students are black.

The Union Association in North Carolina has provided some assistance to the school, as have persons from the Kings Mountain Association and the Surry Association. The school's needs are well known in the Kings Mountain area, as Venter has participated in a teaching exchange with Gardner-Webb University professor Robert Lamb. Lamb will be returning for another stint at the college in June.

While Venter hopes to enroll more students on the Cape Town campus, he has also engineered a popular extension program that currently counts more than 900 students who study in satellite centers in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, and Malawi.

The school has a new library, and would be happy to receive contributions of books dealing with the whole range of theological studies, Bible studies, missions, Christian education and worship. The graduate program majors in Practical Theology.

Persons wanting to assist the school or seeking more information can view the school's Website at or contact Venter directly at

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