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Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology 2018 World Wide Update: Growth and Review

by Glenn Giles, PhD, RMSMT Director -- Denver, Colorado, USA

 

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 In this report, we at RMSMT wish to share with you what God has been doing in our school. Since offering our first course in the fall of 2015 with a total of 7 students, RMSMT has grown to an enrolment of 61 students. More and more students continue to apply for admission. In the spring of 2016 RMSMT adopted an online format and went worldwide. That spring we doubled our enrollment and matriculated students from Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the US. Today the number of countries with students taking classes at RMSMT has increased 300%. We now have students from Singapore, Philippines, Haiti, South Korea, Mongolia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, UK, Canada, India, Columbia, and the US. A total of 30 students are from outside the United States with 26 of these from majority world countries.

Our school has also grown academically in program offerings from offering two masters degrees at our inception to now offering four masters degrees. We now have Master of Arts Degrees in Biblical Studies, Biblical Studies with Languages, Christian Ministry, and Christian Counseling.

Our Faculty has also grown from eight faculty with doctorates at our inception to a total of eleven faculty with doctorates. We have just recently added Drs. Mike Shapiro, Mary Shapiro, and Jennifer Konzen. In addition we have just appointed two deans, Drs. Timothy Sumerlin and Steve Kinnard.

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Dr. Steve Kinnard is now our Dean of the School of Biblical Studies and Ministry. Dr. Kinnard received his Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and English from Freed-Hardeman College, his Master of Divinity Degree in New Testament and Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University. In addition to being Professor of Bible and Spiritual Formation at RMSMT, Dr. Kinnard also serves as Adjunct Professor of Bible at Lincoln Christian University. Dr. Kinnard will continue in those positions while also serving in his new role as Dean here at RMSMT. Welcome Dr. Kinnard!

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Dr. Timothy Sumerlin is now our Dean of the School of Christian Counseling. Dr. Sumerlin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Indiana University, his Master of Arts in Secondary Counseling from the University of Missouri, and his PhD in Education and Counseling from Colorado State University. He is the creator and director of Disciples-In-Motion Ministry. 

We have also been blessed to set up international hubs with hub directors to initiate contact with other parts of the world and to encourage students to be trained on the graduate level in ways to help increase their effectiveness as ministers and servants of Jesus. We now have a hub in India overseen by Roger Mathew, a hub in Kenya overseen by William Siwa, a hub in the Philippines and SE Asia overseen by Dr. Rolan Monje, a hub for Korea overseen by Jaeho Park, and a developing hub for South America in Spanish overseen by Sebastian Serra with the help of one of our students Pedro Figueroa. We are working to develop a hub in China in Chinese.

In our desire to help majority world students be trained, we have provided 75% or greater tuition scholarships for their training. This has made it possible for those students to not only afford graduate level training in Bible, Ministry, and Counseling, but to also be able to remain in their ministry settings to take the gospel to their part of the world.

If you would like to help with scholarships for majority world students or perhaps take graduate level courses yourself to better equip yourself for ministry and service to Jesus, please do contact me at glenn@rmsmt.org.

Worldwide Update from the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology

February 2017

 
This has been a great year so far for our Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology (www.rmsmt.org) . Last year (January 2016) we expanded our outreach globally with the initiation of our online program to train ICOC students and staff around the world. Since beginning our first class in September 2015 with 7 students, our student population (not counting auditors) has now grown over 500% to 37 students. Of the 37 students we now have enrolled in the school 16 are first world students and 21 are third world students. We now have students from India, Nigeria, Kenya, the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Granada, Bangladesh, as well as the USA. Many of these (especially those in the third world) are evangelists, church staff members, and even HOPE Worldwide workers.

At this time we have three world hubs in addition to our Denver base. These include our hub in India monitored by Roger Mathew, our hub in Africa monitored by Fred George, and our hub in the Philippines and SE Asia monitored by Dr. Rolan Monje.  At this time we are also working with Sebastian Serra in Argentina and others to develop a Latin American Hub for which we plan to have our courses translated into Spanish.
 
The number of our courses continues to grow. For the remainder of this year we plan to offer Church History taught by Dr. Steve Kinnard beginning next month and Biblical Archaeology in the Summer with Dr. Bill Moulden. This Fall we are planning to offer The Theology and Practice of Family Ministry (professors TBA) in conjunction with our Denver All Generations Conference over Labor Day weekend. We also plan to offer Christian Theology and World Religions taught by Dr. Douglas Jacoby this September through December. Future new classes include Biblical Hermeneutics, Jesus and Spiritual Formation, Biblical Discipleship, NT Greek and Exegesis, OT Hebrew and Exegesis, and more.

 

RMSMT Psalms class, Summer 2016: Dr. Glenn Giles (4th from left), Dr. Rolan Monje (5th from left) with students

RMSMT Psalms class, Summer 2016: Dr. Glenn Giles (4th from left), Dr. Rolan Monje (5th from left) with students

We are continuing to work to strengthen our relationship with Lincoln Christian University. As of right now we have 6 graduate courses that we have received solid verbal approval for transfer into their accredited programs should students decide they wish to transfer there to receive a fully accredited degree. Lincoln Christian University is continuing to working with us on this to help us maximize the number of courses that we are able to transfer to them. 
 
Beginning this fall (2017) we are planning to create a new Master's Degree Program: Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with Languages. This new degree will be a 48 semester hour degree which will require 6 hours of Hebrew language as well as 6 hours of New Testament Greek in addition to the 36 hours already required for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree we now offer. Once students have taken these languages we will then also be able to develop Bible courses that study the books in their original languages. We believe that it is very important that our future (and present) leaders have a good understanding of the original biblical languages to help deepen their understanding of the Bible, ministry, and service for our Lord.
 
In order to support all of these programs, we are developing a 5 year financial plan. Since one of our major goals is to provide affordable online third world church leadership training, we hope, as part of the 5 year plan, to secure monetary help from churches and individuals in this missionary effort. We wish to be able to continue to give Third World students at least a 75% discount on tuition. If you know of churches or individuals or other entities who may want to help support us in this endeavor, please let us know (glenn@rmsmt.org).
 
Blessings and Joy to you all!
 
Glenn Giles, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Bible, Lincoln Christian University
Director of the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology