Berea Bible Seminary
Berea Bible Seminary trains pastors and church leaders in Bolivia for Christian service, preparing them for a variety of ministries within World Gospel Church in Bolivia.
The school began as Berea Bible Institute in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in 1955 and was started by WGM missionaries Garnett and Sunny Townsend and Meredythe Scheflen. It became known as Berea Bible Seminary in 1987.
At the time the school opened, World Gospel Church in Bolivia did not have the means to formally educate or train its leaders. With the help and knowledge of seminary graduates, the national church has grown to more than 120 congregations throughout Bolivia.
Today, the seminary holds classes on three campuses—Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, and Trinidad. Currently, 40 students are enrolled in Santa Cruz, 20 to 25 students attend the commuter campus in Cochabamba each year, and the Trinidad extension provides a Theological Education by Extension program that reaches out to different locations in the department of Beni.
The school offers three degrees, including a certificate in Bible, a diploma in Bible, and a diploma in theology. The Cochabamba branch also offers a special two- to four-week concentrated study for rural mountain pastors taught in their native Quechua language. These pastors live too far away to attend regular classes, and their literacy skills in Spanish are often minimal or nonexistent.
All students are also actively involved in their home churches and various service ministries. After graduation, most seminary students are assigned to work with local World Gospel Church churches or ministries.