The education department of Global Missions, UPCI and its flagship educational program, the Global Association of Theological Studies/Global University of Theological Studies, is thrilled with a growing number of schools globally. Our goal is for each nation to have at least one Bible school or training program.
This page highlights the work of our Bible schools and their faculty in teaching all nations. Discipleship, ministerial preparation, and leadership development are our goals. Competent equipped instructors produce competent equipped preachers (2 Timothy 3:7). We are pursuing ministerial excellence.
Harvest Bible College is Global - by Jerolyn Kelley
Early in our missionary career we came across a tiny plaque that says, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” This little plaque has hung in our kitchen for over 32 years and is a constant reminder of the beauty of teamwork.
When we look back over the years and see all that God has ordained for the full time Bible School of the United Pentecostal Church of Great Britain & Ireland, we are amazed at the hand of God. In 1996 when the church in Glasgow, Scotland miraculously acquired two buildings with two parking lots on a main thoroughfare for only $130,000.00, my husband prophetically told the congregation that these facilities were for more than the local church. (click on download link to view entire document and additional photos)
GATS Peru - March 2, 2016
What a great joy to be involved in the GATS Teacher Training Seminar Program! Last year, Missionary Joe Bir asked me to come with him to Peru and help teach the very first GATS Teacher Training Seminar in Lima, Peru. At that time, we had a good number of interested people show up for the seminar, and it was a tremendous success. The Peruvian people were open to teaching and eagerly received everything that we had to offer -- so much so that they squeezed all of the "teach" right out of us! (click on download link to view entire document)
GATS Faculty Education Program in Central America
GATS Faculty Education Program in Central America, held at the Bible School in Guatemala.
ACTS Philippines Graduation 2016
ACTS Philippines Graduation 2016.
Achieving Excellence in Bible School Administration by James Poitras
Five simple one-syllable words disclose Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth: “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). These words are so plain that a quick look at ten or twelve common Bible translations will reveal no difference in the terms translators use to express the Lord’s mission. Everything Jesus did on earth was to fulfill—or to set the stage for fulfilling—the task of global evangelism and discipleship. Each mile walked, lesson taught, message expounded, and moment spent training His disciples focused on accomplishing this task.... (click on download links to view entire document)
Bible School Report from Missionary Prince Mathiasz
The graduation ceremony was greatly blessed on the 8th of March with 43 students receiving their Certificates. Brothers Shalm and McDougal were our special guests and the power of the Holy Spirit was truly manifested. You may also have the GATS Asia 2014 presentation with you which was given during the GEC meetings in January. 15 new students were welcomed and enrolled for this school year and classes are in full swing. (click on download links to view entire story)
Argentina Bible School Graduation
Bible School Graduations
ACTS Student Body - Philippines
Ghana GATS Graduation 2014
Argentina Bible School
Haiti Bible School
Holland Bible School
Diversified and Working Together - Rev. Bennie DeMerchant, Missionary to Brazil
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love, one to another." (John 13:35)
My curiosity arose as I flipped through pages and pages of local church names in the UPCI Directory. I started listing the most common names of local churches and gave up. There are hundreds of church names affiliated with the UPCI! Wow! I previously thought the number was a few dozen! Most local churches in US and Canada have their own governing boards, own their properties, acquire tax exemption, pay utilities, maintenance, and other you- name-it administrative costs. (click on download links to view entire story and photos)
Guatemala Bible School
Expanding the Borders of Education and Training - Rev. Bruce Howell
You may have heard the analogy of the island of knowledge and the sea of ignorance. It goes like this: “We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” In other words, the more we learn, the more we become aware of how much we don’t know. It’s an honest acknowledgment of our limitations and the vastness of God’s creation. The thought is credited to John A. Wheeler, a physicist who worked with Einstein. The more he learned, the more questions came up. Has this ever happened when you taught a new convert a Bible study? (click on download links to view entire document)
Come on Jesus! - Trent Gilliam, AIM, Philippine Islands
ACTS Bible College in Manila, Philippines along with ten local churches got together for a crusade night. Visitors filed in for an hour and a half. A total of 105 received the Holy Ghost in that one service and twenty-nine were baptized in Jesus name.
A family of four calls this simple "wagon" home. It's where they sleep and keep all their earthly belongings. The students at ACTS Bible College invited them to the crusade. Dad and mom were filled with the Holy Ghost and all four were baptized in Jesus name. (click on download links to view entire document with photo)
Bible School Grads - Ghana, Africa
Pentecostal Bible Institute "Jerry E. Sawyer" - GATS in Belize
Bible School Grads - Ghana, Africa
Bible School Grads - Ghana, Africa
Bible College Forges Ahead!
It was with great excitement that we started our
2012 Bible School year. There had been no fulltime
Bible School for over 5 years, with only short
courses and a few night classes in the intervening
time. However, everyone knew that with the size
of the church here and the needs of the country, full-time school was the only way to get the job done. After
all, the whole point of the last 4 years of Thanksgiving Day Offering and Fundraising was to see the Bible
School up and running after a long period of dormancy... (click on download links to view entire article)
Expanding the Borders of Education and Training - OnSite Spring 2012
You may have heard the analogy
of the island of knowledge and
the sea of ignorance. It goes like
this: “We live on an island surrounded
by a sea of ignorance. As our island of
knowledge grows, so does the shore of
our ignorance.” In other words, the more we learn, the more we become aware of
how much we don’t know. It’s an honest
acknowledgment of our limitations
and the vastness of God’s creation. The
thought is credited to John A. Wheeler,
a physicist who worked with Einstein.
The more he learned, the more questions
came up. Has this ever happened when
you taught a new convert a Bible study?
.... (click on download links to view entire magazine)
GATS Teacher Training Seminar in Argentina
What an awesome privilege I had to be invited to assist in this historic, first-ever GATS teacher training seminar for Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay! The Sponslers and their team in Argentina outdid themselves in making our time there unforgettable! What wonderful hosts! From the very beginning, there was a spirit of eager anticipation that was palpable. The seminar was kicked off by greetings from Bro. Mike Sponsler and GATS Coordinator Bro. Joe Bir. The Lord gave me tremendous rapport with the teachers, and what a fantastic time we had
.... (click on download links to view entire story)
Sis. Gorete in Brazil
Sis. Gorete is a highly trained woman, seated next to Theresa last night at ABI in Manaus. She works as a hospital administrater and checks out clinics for the government. Gorete has opened seven Bible schools using boats and her car and her team of ten other teachers with 95 students. She graduated two years ago with highest marks in a huge class of nearly a hundred grads.... (click on photo to right)
Madagascar News: National Conference 2011
What a time we had at National Conference 2011. The Spirit of the
Lord moved in a mighty way. We rejoice with 1,693 people being filled with
the Holy Ghost. His truth marches on! We were blessed by the ministry of
Pastor & Mrs. Terry Shock, Pastor & Mrs. Gary Keller, and Regional
Director Jerry & Vickie Richardson.
One of the highlights of National Conference is the Bible School
graduation. This year there were 34 graduates. They are now pastoring
churches and we believe God has great things in store for their ministry.
Thank you for your faithful support!... (click on download links to view entire story)
Argentina News: Bible School Graduation 2011
The final week of October is always what is known as ‘organized
chaos’, the final week of the Bible school year, endof-
the-year banquet and culminating with the Bible school
graduation. This year 16 students completed their studies and
entered into the revival field of Argentina.
We were blessed to have Rev. and Sis. Joe Bir, Asunción,
Paraguay, as our guest speaker, and what a powerful, impacting
message he delivered
to the graduating
prayer.... (click on download links to view entire story)
Ghana West Africa - Sisco Family
The month of June opened with Bro. Sisco teaching at the Faculty Improvement Seminar in Kenya as the Global Association of Theological Studies (GATS) Africa representative. Forty-five instructors were present representing five nations. It was with joy that the GATS were able to welcome Burundi into the standardized teaching arm of the Foreign Missions Division.... (click on download links to view entire story)
Paraguay Revival Report - Bir Family
As usual May was a busy month. It started off as me as Area Coordinator having the privilege of going to Chile to attend their Minister's Congress and National Assembly April 29 - May 1. It was also great to be asked to teach at one of the afternoon sessions. Missionary Dan Barkley was returned to the office of President with an overwhelming majority vote.... (click on download links to view entire story)
Crumpacker's Ministry Journal
2011 has been a busy year of ministry, conferences and travel. February was our National Ministers Conference-with Missionaries Chris and Paula Richardson from Madagascar were our guest speakers. March started year 2 of our Bible College. We have 23 students from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Sudan and Rwanda. April was Ladies Conference with Sis. Sharon Roch from Houston, Texas with her team of Sis. Yell and Sis. Castleberry. Sis. Pam Smoak from Tanzania also was with us and ministered.... (click on download links to view entire story)
Bible Schools - A Vital Link in Reaching Nations
When Missionaries Randy and Carolyn Adams first arrived in West Africa, there were eight pastors and churches in Togo and twelve pastors ministering at fifteen churches in Benin. That was in 1996, over 15 years ago. If one were to visit the Eglise Pentecôtiste Unie Internationale these days, they would find the Lord doing great and mighty things: 30 licensed ministers with 40 churches in Togo, 34 pastors with 45 churches in Benin, and 7,500 members between the two nations! The tipping point of revival for this country? Bible School! .... (click on download links to view entire story)
Communication Effectively, by Nicky Sisco
Ephesians 4:29 (KJV), “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers”. ACTS is blessed with excellent curriculum. At the end of two years our students leave with great resources that can be utilized throughout their ministry. Yet there is more. Good curriculum is not enough. As oil is needed for the engine of a car to run smoothly, com-munication is the lubricant that en-ables instructors and students to work together smoothly. Communica-tion builds and maintains the rela-tionships necessary for ACTS to ac-complish its mission. What is our mis-sion? To pass biblical truth to the next generation by developing others for effective ministry and equipping them for lifelong learning. It is our goal to help indi-viduals reach their maximum potential in Christ and fulfill God’s call and vision for their lives. ACTS is all about “raising the standard of ministerial excel-lence”. The great-est vision for min-istry will not ac-complish anything if it cannot be communicated clearly..... (click on download links to view entire story)
Eating, Sleeping and Breathing Bible School Education, by Melinda Poitras
I sit around tables sometimes and listen to my friends talk about the “glory days” of their childhood and all of the experiences that they had in public school. The way the education system worked where they were from, the people around them, the hardships they faced: persecution, exposure to sin and the outside world, cafeteria food. They also discuss the teachers: some quirky, some geeky, some hardnosed, some brilliant, some absolutely life changing. I don’t have much to say during these discussions because I never went to public school. I was homeschooled in Africa. My teacher was quirky, geeky, hardnosed, brilliant, and absolutely life changing. She was married to another teacher. And as teachers – they raised me. Quite possibly, to be a teacher. Time will tell.... (click on download links to view entire story)
Bible School Praise Report
The January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti caused significant damage to our Headquarter's Complex which houses not only our District offices but also the Institut Biblique International des Caraibes. Through the help of so many people, we have been able to make the necessary repairs to reopen the IBIC. It was with much excitement that on January 12, 2011 (exactly one year after the devastating earthquake) the Institut Biblique International des Caraibes officially reopened. We rejoice with the Haitian people as God continually gives them renewed hope.
12 More Harvesters - By Robert Kelley
We thank God for another wonderful class of graduates in 2010. The full time course of Harvest Bible College has now
seen 60 graduates complete their studies. Over 20 people have completed the part time course.
It was a special honor to have Bro. and Sis. Kenneth Haney here for the graduation. Bro. Haney preached an outstanding
message of challenge to the students and all who attended the graduation...... (click on download links to view entire story)
Running with the Message - By Bruce Howell
2 Samuel 18 shares an embarrassing story where a runner aspired to run. One problem; he didn’t have any message. But, he wanted to run so desperately. His leader cautioned, “Why would you run? You have no message ready.” But finally he agreed, “What’s the harm. Run!” The runner, exhausted, reached his destination. Still one problem; he was sent, but had no message. Pathetically, he stepped out-of-the-way to make space for the runner with the message. How sad; a willing heart, ready feet, sent, but coming up short with the Word.
The multi-faceted ministries of the Foreign Missions Division have one mission in mind. We want to see Jesus announced, and exalted in every tribe and nation. Therefore, we “send the message, train messengers, produce self-supporting, self-propagating, self-governing churches; establish fellowship in truth and holiness.”..... (click on download links to view entire story)
The Far-Reaching Bible School Program - By Jim Poitras
At the turn of the 20th century, a Bible school teacher stood in his classroom to give an assignment. Perhaps the students moaned and whispered, “Another assignment!” He reported, “I set the students at work studying out diligently what was the Bible evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost that we might go before the world with something that was indisputable because it tallied absolutely with the Word.”
Charles Parham left school for three days (faculty, don’t get any ideas. Smile!) He returned the morning of December 31, 1900 to collect the assignments. He wrote, “To my astonishment they all had the same story, that while there were different things occurring when the Pentecostal blessing fell, that the indisputable proof on each occasion was, that they spoke with other tongues.” The next day one of the students at Bethel Bible School, Agnes Ozman, received the Holy Ghost as the Parham laid his hands on her. Within two days others students and the teacher himself had received the Holy Ghost. The Pentecostal revival began in a Bible school classroom and nothing will ever be able to stop it...... (click on download links to view entire story)
GATS Teacher Training - Manila, Philippines
Training using the GATS Advance Educators Series and other material continued in Manila for faculty from five Bible schools in the Philippines. The three day training program was arranged by Missionary Kevin Vacca and facilitated by GTI trainers Dr. Sidney Poe and Rev. Galen Thompson.
Thirty seven leaders from five apostolic Bible schools met at the C.P. Kilgore Bible College in Manila for twelve hours of intense teacher training. Leaders in attendance included Missionaries Kevin Vacca, and John Cogan, Bible College Leader John Wolfram, their wives, and a number of senior faculty and leaders from the national Bible schools..... (click on download links to view entire story)
Czech It Out
August 31, 1995, nearly fifteen years ago, the plane carrying our family of four touched down on the Prague tarmac, signifying the arrival of the very first resident UPCI missionary to the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia).
The Iron Curtain had come down, the challenge accepted, and what lay in wait for us was known only to God.
Without even one contact in hand, we forged ahead through uncharted waters. With reaching an entire nation with the Gospel our ultimate goal, how and where do we begin?.... (click on download links to view entire story)
The Famine Has Ended in Central America
Wow! What is happening in Central America? In twenty three years as a Bible School administrator I have never witnessed so many dynamic teachers. Teachers with a new found authority, following lesson plans, using unique styles of teaching; teachers with an anointing, leaving their students hungering for more.
For years our teachers in Central America have hungered to be more effective in the classroom and for our Bible Schools to be more productive. We have always said that the Bible School is the seed bed for ministry, but knew we were not reaching our potential in harvesting students for ministry. We were suffering a famine in the area of teacher training. Most nations held seminars for their teachers, but the majority ended up being pep talks and did little to cultivate teaching skills or put tools into the hands of the teachers to give them a more productive teaching ministry.
But the famine has ended in Central America and we have gone from hunger to abundance! What has happened? What has changed? .... (click on download links to view entire story)
Guatemala Teachers Upgrade to Associate Degree Level
All of the Bible School faculty in Guatemala are graduates of a UPC approved Bible School. However, the majority of them do not fulfill the requirements for an Associate Degree with the Global Education of Theological Studies. We have gone through the transcripts and records of each teacher and determined what they are lacking in subject material and classroom hours.
In 2009 we were able to work with our teachers and complete missing hours of study in some courses, but the majority of teachers were still lacking eleven courses of study from the Associate Degree curriculum. .... (click on download links to view entire story)