The Evangelical Research Fellowship (ERF):
The ERF was established in line with GWC’s intention to facilitate advanced-level biblical and theological studies in Africa. The ERF is a postgraduate community of learning, welcoming students at Honours, Masters and Doctoral level who wish to study in an evangelical environment and benefit from first class research facilities.
The ERF seeks to play a key role in the education of theologically developed denominational leaders and theological teachers for Africa’s churches and training institutions, particularly its Anglican ones. To serve the body of Christ in Africa now and in the future there is a growing need to build a body of biblical and theological literature: African Christian texts from African authors, presenting African perspectives on issues facing African seminaries and pastors. Scholarship that will enhance evangelical ministry in the African context is one of the great tasks facing the Church on this continent in the 21st Century.
The ERF is also a recognised place of study for Langham Scholars, who receive scholarship assistance from The Langham Partnership and John Stott Ministries.
“The ERF at GWC is well positioned to train preaching pastors, theological educators, and potential scholars for Christian leadership in Africa. Reading for a higher degree isn’t easy, but a strong evangelical environment, on-campus accommodation, and excellent resources certainly assist the whole process. GWC’s library is well-stocked, we run a regular program of research seminars, and every year there are stimulating international scholars visiting the College.”
Rev Dr Benjamin Dean
Dean of Postgraduate Studies and ERF Head
Postgraduate Degrees Supported Through The ERF:
Basic information is provided below, but for full details, please contact George Whitefield College’s Postgraduate Student Services Manager, Mrs Nina van Veen at firstname.lastname@example.org
GWC currently provides support for the BA(Honours) degree of North-West University, with tuition provided on GWC’s campus. The programme comprises four 16-credit modules (Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic theology and an elective, plus a mini-dissertation.)
Master of Arts
1. Structured Option:
Support is provided for the MA degree of North-West University, with tuition provided on GWC’s campus. The programme comprises four 16-credit modules (Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology and an elective, plus a mini-dissertation).
2. Full Dissertation:
Candidates may apply for the research MA degree of North-West University. In addition the ERF has established an association with the Jonathan Edwards Centre, Africa (University of the Free State) and encourages studies focused on Edward’s life and thought.
Members of the ERF have benefitted from support for their studies at a number of different universities, with GWC assisting with enrolment.
“I was greatly assisted in getting my PhD by the facilities and fellowship of Tyndale House in Cambridge. At GWC we are able to provide something similar on the African Continent.”
Rev. Prof. David Seccombe
Former GWC Principal 1993 – 2012
What The ERF Offers:
- A library collection of close to 60,000 volumes in biblical studies, theology, African church history, and pastoralia, supported by an electronic catalogue.
- Stimulating international scholars visiting every year, delivering special classes and lectures.
- A regular programme of research seminars in which students can share their work and receive feedback.
- A dedicated study area in the College where students can set up a desk and books and notes can be left.
- A wireless internet system in the College, free for academic usage.
- Ongoing help and assistance from the Dean of Postgraduate studies and his team.
- Opportunities to attend yearly Theological Research regular lectures.
- On campus accommodation below the local market rates.
- Support in accessing scholarship assistance and registration for studies at a suitable University.
- A worshipping Bible-believing community of scholars, students and lecturers.
- A vibrant, learning community with students from across the African continent, and overseas.
- A local church which meets on the campus.
“I do not want generations of African Christian pastors after me to ask why their forefathers did not leave something for them to learn from. We need to record our knowledge and experiences so they can learn from our mistakes and also build on what we have tried to achieve.”
Rev Phumezo Masango
CESA Pastor and member of the GWC Evangelical Research Fellowship,
enrolled for a Masters degree in African Church History with Stellenbosch University
“George Whitefield College has close ties with the Anglican Church in Sydney. We value high-level Christian education and research and delight in the coming into existence in Africa of GWC’s Evangelical Research Fellowship. Some of our best scholars teach in its postgraduate programmes.”
The Most Rev. Dr. Peter Jensen
Former Archbishop, Anglican Diocese of Sydney.
General Secretary, GAFCON Primates Council.