Missiologist John York posed these questions: “Will the Pentecostal revival further develop as Africa’s greatest force for evangelism and missions? Or will this revival be relegated to the obscurity of a church history footnote identifying yet another ecclesiastical aberration?” From the inception of the school in 1971, WAAST’s focus has been to empower leaders for the African revival, to ensure that these questions will be answered “Yes” and “No,” respectively. Through effective training, the truth of the gospel will continue to pass from generation to generation, with wonderful results:
– Trained church leaders will bring good news to the hurting.
– Trained church leaders will strengthen the Church in its identity.
– The Church in Africa will be biblical in its worldview.
– The Church will be able to document its Christian and theological journey.
– The Church will have missionary blood flowing through its veins.
WAAST’s main campus in Lomé, Togo, serves as a regional training center for 20 nations in West and Central Africa. Students may attend classes on the Lomé campus or at one of 8 extension centers. The school offers the Bachelor of Theology degree, the Post-Secondary Diploma in Theology and, through the Assemblies of God Graduate School of Theology program, the Master of Arts degree, all in both French and English. WAAST also hosts the PhD program in conjunction with Pan-Africa Theological Seminary. The programs at WAAST are recognized for their quality of academic scholarship and practical emphasis on ministerial skills to enhance the ministry of its students. Each course is taught by a qualified professor.
Spiritual growth, interpersonal relationships, and physical and emotional well-being are also important to WAAST and its dedicated professors. WAAST provides an ambiance in which students can develop life-long patterns of study and behavior that will empower the ministry God has entrusted to His servants. Thus equipped, they have a tremendous opportunity to be change agents in their immediate environment and in their respective communities, from Lome to Ouagadougou, to Freetown, to Kigali, to Kinshasa, to Luanda and to the ends of the earth.
If you come from West or Central Africa, and you want to impact your world through Pentecostal servanthood, we invite you to consider WAAST’s training program. Wherever in the world you may hail from, we invite you to pray for WAAST, and for its students and graduates as they play leading roles in the Pentecostal revival? ‘Africa’s greatest force for evangelism and missions.’
Sincerely in Him,
Mary Ballenger, President