Warm greetings from Bangkok.
Southeast Asia has been experiencing delayed development even after the end of World War II. In this field, many people still vividly remember tragic Vietnam War, The Cambodian genocide (so-called Killing Fields), communist and military regimes to name a few. Furthermore, Southeast Asia is considered as the Buddhist dominant region in the world, and the least economically developed countries in ASEAN union. These political, social and economic situations in this Indochina peninsular also hinder the advancement of Kingdom of God.
Yet we believe God is working even in the midst of hopeless situation. He has a plan to restore the a broken wall of Jerusalem in this field. We believe that Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College (SEANBC) is a part of God’s restoring plan in this field.
SEANBC was established in 2005 with the vision to train pastors and lay leaders in multi-site, multi-language, multi-context, and multi-delivery system. With the new passion of our administration, SEANBC is reshaping vision, mission, and goals for the coming year of 2020. The new vision includes adding new degree and non-degree programs, establishing multiple new extension centers in the field, equipping fully qualified local professors in each centers, and also working towards full academic accreditation. Together with the board of regent, I am committed to work towards the great change in the future.
We are committed to Christ. Our ultimate goal is make Christ-like disciples (Matthew 28:18-20) and Good Shepherds (John 10:11-15) who can sacrifice oneself for the Lord and the Lost. Our graduates will be planting the community of believers wherever they are, as John Wesley said, I look upon all the world as my parish.
Thank you for partnering with SEANBC. Together with you, we can see the future of the field in God.
Donghwan (Bill) Kwon
Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College, an institution of the Church of the Nazarene, teaches and adheres to the statement of belief as found in the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene. The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the denomination is now home to about 2.3 million members worshipping in more than 29,000 local congregations in 159 world areas.
Theological education at Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College (SEANBC) is built upon strong biblical and theological foundations as well as practical field experience. It is delivered in multi-level, multi-schedule, multi-location, multi-language, and multi-delivery systems. 2001 witnessed the first graduating class of SEANBC and since then graduates of SEANBC are serving the church as pastors, evangelists/church planters, lay leaders, teachers, churchmen, cross-cultural missionaries, and in urban ministries, for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God throughout Southeast Asia. It is the purpose of Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College to continue training young men and women to serve in various and multiple roles at various levels of the church.
The purpose of SEANBC shall be primarily to serve Southeast Asia by providing quality transformational education with a focus on lay and ministerial education and to foster, promote, and maintain this education in harmony with the current Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College (SEANBC) exists to provide transformational education to equip lay and ministerial leaders with cutting edge delivery systems to make Christ-like disciples within the Wesleyan/Biblical Holiness tradition.
Partnering with local churches and districts,
SEANBC is committed to be the leading innovative ministerial education provider for Southeast Asian people.
SEANBC STUDENTS, FACULTY, ALUMNI are
- Transformed by the blood of Jesus Christ;
- Passionate to follow of Christ;
- Involved in society;
- Excellent in ministry;
- Disciples to make disciples.
SEANBC was part of the dream that began when the Southeast Asia Field was created in August 1991. Consisting of the five nations of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, the Southeast Asia Field is the home of 230 million people, consisting of 400 languages and people groups. Once a “hot spot” on the world scene, today this part of the world continues to offer challenges and opportunities to those who are creative enough to capitalize on its emerging global markets and resources. The Church of the Nazarene began preaching the holiness message through Southeast Asia—in Myanmar (1984), in Thailand (1989), in Cambodia (1992), in Vietnam (1994).
In 1996, it was apparent that the SEA Field needed training facilities to meet the educational needs of the field. Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College (SEANBC) was finally approved to serve as the “umbrella” school for the entire five-nation field. However, SEANBC was not permitted to build a traditional campus as a base. Thus, from the very beginning SEANBC was compelled to look to an extension center education format for what was needed to prepare ministers for ordination and to offer quality Christian education to youth. SEANBC also had to employ creative and varied methods of training in the educational centers as the church developed.
The SEANBC administrative center was established in Bangkok (1996) with supporting national hub throughout each country on the field. Extension classes are taught both in extension centers. While much of the outside resources are poured into providing teachers for the hub centers, SEANBC is developing the “teach/re-teach” concept for the extension centers (2Tim 2:2).
SEANBC has employed a number of teaching methods in its nearly two decades of existence. While the Yangon program began as a residential campus (in 1997) and Northern Thailand followed the residential pattern most other classes were offered as one-week, 30-hour “intensives.” Night classes have worked in Bangkok, enabling students with other jobs to attend after work hours. Block courses or back-to-back intensive classes are other options that have helped accomplish the task. In the process, SEANBC has utilized professors from other nations for certificate, diploma and bachelor degree programs, as well as those from within the countries on the SEA field.
Early Development: From the beginning, SEANBC worked together with districts to provide lay and ministerial leaders. The Myanmar center began teaching the first batch of students from 1991 and produced its first graduates from 1994, Cambodia followed beginning its education in 1994. In Bangkok the first graduation was in 2001. In Vietnam, the program began in 2007 and the first group graduated in 2014. Although the residential program was not the focus of SEANBC, God allowed resources to provide residential a campus both in Yangon (Myanmar) and in MaeTaeng (Northern Thailand) when the Bangkok program moved to the new building facility in 2004. The MaeTaeng program closed temporarily in 2011 due to lack of students and reopened as a non-residential program primarily to educate Lahu speaking leaders in 2016.
Recognition of the Course of Study: The first recognition documents were prepared by Dr. Mike McCarty and Rev. Kent Pelton In 2005. They worked hard to prepare the paperwork necessary to meet the International Course of Study Accreditation Committee (ICOSAC) requirements for recognition. Dr. Galloway, from Nazarene Theological Seminary, came to help and spent many long hours to make sure things were in order. ICOSAC recongnition finally came in 2006 and is valid for ten years. SEANBC is currently undertaking renewal of the recognition. In addition, SEANBC began preparing to receive accreditation from Asia Theological Association (ATA).
Former SEANBC Administrators and Teachers: From the beginning, God raised leaders for SEANBC. Rev. Richard Knox was the first director (1996 – 2000). Dr. Daniel Saengwichai, a graduate of Asbury Seminary, was the first national administrator, serving as the assistant to the director. Dr. Michael P. McCarty (2000 – 2004) succeeded Rev. Knox while he was working as Field Director in 2000. Rev. Kent Pelton (2004 – 2012) became full time chancellor, serving two consecutive terms. The fourth chancellor was Rev. David Phillips (2012 – 2015), who also served as Field Strategy Coordinator (FSC) for the SEA field. He appointed Rev. Ro Ding Liana, a Mizo speaking Myanmar national, to serve as the first academic dean of the school (2015-2016).
Expansion: On August 11, 2015, the Board of Regents unanimously voted Dr. DongHwan (Bill) Kwon as the fifth chancellor of SEANBC. The Board of Regents also decided to create a SEANBC administration office on the third floor of Bangkok First Church of the Nazarene to supervise the operations in each center. The dedication was held January 28, 2016 on location.
The administration and BOR members formulated Vision 2020 with a new vision. A result of this time together was the new vision statement, “Committed to be the leading innovative ministerial education provider for Southeast Asian people.” Vision 2020 also includes rapid expansion which includes 20 extension centers with 600 students by 2020.
The vision 2020 plan has been actively adopted by each centers. Since 2015, The Myanmar center (coordinator: Rev. Lal Pek Mawia) began expanding its territories. The Mon state extension center was initiated by the local leadership, next the Tahan center, Mon center, and then the Bangkok center followed. In 2016, three new centers are scheduled to open: Karen 13 miles, Letpancheong center, and Zohmum center. Thailand re-christened SEANBC education in 2016. The Northern Thailand district partnered with SEANBC and reopened the extension center in MaeTaeng in May 2016. The same month the first class was held at the Bangkok First Church of the Nazarene and SEANBC administration center. Leadership envisions opening a new centers to educate lay and ministerial leaders in the Northeastern part of Thailand soon. The Northern Myanmar program plans to have its first graduation in 2017. Classes began anew in Cambodia in 2012 in Siem Reap. Cambodia now holds classes in two extension centers, Kampong Thom and Battambang, to serve the rapidly growing church in country.
SEANBC was established to train lay and ministerial leaders with multi-national, multi-language and multi-level educational approach. SEANBC is truly committed to being the “leading innovative ministerial education provider in Southeast Asia.”
SEANBC shall be under the supervision of a Board of Regents (hereafter referred to as the Regents). SEANBC is multi-national and as such operates through a Board of Regents composed of representatives from each district of the Southeast Asia Church of the Nazarene field.
Board of Regents Membership
The Regents shall be composed of the following members:
- One lay member elected from alternating districts on the South East Asia Field every 3 years. After a District has elected a lay person they will elect an Elder for the following term.
- One Elder elected from alternating districts on the South East Asia Field every 3 years. After a District has elected an Elder they will elect a lay person for the following term. A Phase One district may elect an active district licensed pastor in the role of elder to the Board of Regents.
- When a district reaches phase 3 status it can elect both an elder and a lay representative to the Board of Regents.
- The Regents shall be composed of the following ex officio members:
- Southeast Asia Field Strategy Coordinator
- Asia-Pacific Regional Director or his/her representative
- Regional Education Coordinator
- The Regents shall include the following ex officio non-voting members:
- Global Mission Director or his/her representative
- Nazarene IBOE Commissioner
- And other local experts for a specific purpose and time at the discretion of the board.