To serve local churches in Kenya and beyond by helping to raise up pastor-theologians, missionaries, and counselors who can lead others to navigate the temptations and perplexities of this world by the light of Scripture.
NIRT offers a comprehensive curriculum covering essential disciplines:
- Original languages of the Scriptures (Hebrew and Greek)
- New and Old Testament
- Church History
- Practical Ministry
At present, NIRT is not accredited within Kenya. However, students in our program have an opportunity to apply to Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) for their online MA degree at a significantly reduced cost. Students earn credit for 50% of their PRTS MA degree by taking classes with us. NIRT offers a unaccredited M.Div level program. The MA from PRTS fits within this program. Although NIRT’s M.Div-level degree is not accredited, we are talking with schools in the US and Europe about accepting our students into higher programs based on our degree. NIRT courses meet ATS standards.
At present our students all reside in or near Nairobi, allowing them to come and attend our classes, which are taught in-person – at our campus in Lavington, Nairobi – rather than online. At this very early stage (less than a year into full operations), we have more than 20 students, men and women hailing from several different churches in the city.
We have also been in conversation with a denominational seminary in western Kenya that wants its students to avail themselves of NIRT, and we are considering how we might serve them.
Michael Christ, the Program Director, came under the invitation of Kenneth Mbugua to help establish and lead a seminary.
Professors who teach in NIRT affirm the historic orthodox creeds and one of the following Reformed confessions: the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Second London Baptist Confession, the Three Forms of Unity, or the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. Residential faculty and tutors presently include Michael Christ (PhD, University of Chester/Union School of Theology), Jamie Viands (PhD, Wheaton College), and Tim Avery (MA, Reformed Theological Seminary - DC). Present and projected visiting faculty include Stephen Fix (PhD, The Catholic University of America), Nicholas Piotrowski (PhD, Wheaton College), and James Roh (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary). NIRT’s long-term vision is to raise up an indigenous leadership and faculty.
- Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kingara Road, Lavington, Nairobi Kenya
+254 746 199 225
- [email protected]
….but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18
- Financial Support:
Help cover our minimum operating expenses for 2024. Minimum budget requirements: $56,000.
- Book Donations:
Donate theological books to establish a local library for students.
- Student Support:
Fund full-time study opportunities for students.
- Faculty Recruitment:
Join us as a visiting or residential professor if you share our vision for theological education.
- Prayer Requests:
Pray that the Lord would use this seminary program to raise up lay Christians, pastors, and pastor-scholars who would help to strengthen the church in East Africa and beyond, to the praise of his glorious grace.
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