Auckland Park Theological Seminary

Auckland Park Theological Seminary

Auckland Park Theological Seminary (“ATS”, for short) is a non-profit organisation (“NPO”) with Public Benefit Organisation (“PBO”) status and is engaged in theological training and education.

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ATS is structured around and divided into three departments.

1. Vocational certificate programmes

These certificate programmes are vocation specific and cannot, therefore, be registered with SAQA. They are as follows:

  • Community Worker’s Certificate (CWC) Popular
  • Christian Counselling Certificate (CCC)
  • Women in Ministry (WIM)
  • Youth Work Certificate (YWC)
  • Youth Work Advanced Certificate (YWA)

2. Administration

  • Principal’s office
  • Registrar
  • Finances
  • Higher-education programmes
  • Vocational certificate programmes

3. Library

  • Printed media
  • Electronic media
  • Computer centre

1945

Dr Möller (senior – father of the present vice-principal of ATS) started a correspondence course on Homiletics (the art of preaching).

1950

The correspondence course was expanded and accepted as an official correspondence course of the AFM Church.

1952

March: Students wrote the first official exams and the first diplomas were awarded to successful students that year.

1954

The AFM Church Council decided that studies at the Bible College were now compulsory for all applicants for full-time ministry in the AFM Church.

1955

Dr Möller (senior, standing in the center) hand drew the first logo of the Bible College.

 

1956

The Intramural Department was introduced and the name “AFM Bible College” was registered.

1969

Past. F Cronje was appointed as the new principal.

1970

The name was changed to the Apostolic Faith Mission Theological College (“AFMTC”, for short). The duration of the course increased to three years and the content was divided into six theological disciplines.

1973

The first album of the AFMTC student choir was released.

1975

The album “On Tour” was released, with choirmaster Eddie Oniel.

1977

The album “Hosanna” was released, with choirmaster Johan Heysteck.

1978

The current buildings of the Auckland Park campus were inaugurated.

1982

The AFMTC commenced lectures in both English and Afrikaans.

1984

The Afrikaans album “ ‘n Nuwe Lied” was released, with choirmaster Arnoud Heunis.

1989

Prof Jan Hattingh became the new principal.