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Beukes, Rev. Berdian (Director Church and Community Development)
Beukes, Rev. Berdian (Director Church and Community Development)

Berdian joined NETS in July 2013 as a full-time lecturer. He began his studies at NETS and continued at the University of the Free State in South Africa. He has a heart for the brokenhearted and rejected of society. He has a passion for the Word of God and that people find their God-given place to serve Him. Berdian is married to Juliet and they have two children, Dante and Jamie-Nicole. More »

Favourite Bible quote:

"But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

Position: Senior Lecturer

Teaching Areas:

  • Practical Theology – Care & Counselling, Preaching & Youth Work

Academic Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Theology
  • Honours Degree in Practical Theology
  • Masters in Pastoral Therapy

Ministry Experience:

  • 3 Years teaching experience at NETS
  • Youth Ministry
  • Children's homes; an advocate for the rights of children
  • Counseling and counseling training
  • Management and administration (Crisis Manager)
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Gunning, Mr. Paul
Gunning, Mr. Paul

Paul joined NETS full-time in 2006 having spent ten years teaching at the Evangelical Bible Institute in Rundu, Namibia. Since 2010 he has been a part-time lecturer at NETS, spending more time with the Evangelical Bible Church congregations in Windhoek. He is currently studying for an MATh in Biblical Interpretation. Paul is married to Hilary and they have four children, Peter, Caitlin, Calum and Ella. More »

Favourite Bible verse:

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24)

Position: Part-time Lecturer

Teaching Areas: Biblical Studies, Word Religions, New Testament Greek

Academic Qualifications:

  • BSc in Agriculture (Aberdeen University)
  • BD (Hons) (Aberdeen University)

Ministry and Work Experience:

  • 2 years teaching in Zimbabwe (with Crosslinks)
  • 18 years Bible teaching in Namibia with Africa Evangelical Fellowship and SIM
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Knight, Mr. Michael
Knight, Mr. Michael

Michael joined NETS in May 2014 as a lecturer of Youth Ministry. He has studied at Baptist Bible College and Reformed Theological Seminary in the United States, and served in various roles of youth and children's ministry for over 15 years. He is also part of our Church and Community Development department, specifically responsible for making youth ministry training accessible to local churches.

Leininger, Mr. Peter
Leininger, Mr. Peter

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Prill, Dr. Thorsten
Prill, Dr. Thorsten

Thorsten Prill joined NETS in November 2008. He is a Crosslinks mission partner lecturing in missiology, systematic theology and practical theology. More »

Favourite Bible quote:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.' (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Position: Senior Lecturer

Teaching Areas: Practical Theology, Missiology, Systematic Theology

Academic Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Theology (University of South Africa)
  • Master of Theology (The Open University)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership, Renewal and Mission Studies (University of Sheffield)
  • Certificate in Theology and Ministry (University of Nottingham)
  • Diplom-Volkswirt (University of Duisburg)

Ministry Experience:

  • Pastor, Nottingham Chinese Christian Church, Nottingham, UK
  • Assistant Pastor, German-speaking Lutheran Churches in the Midlands, UK
  • International Chaplain, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Non-stipendiary Minister, German Lutheran Congregation Nottingham, UK
  • Non-stipendiary Minister, Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, Germany

Memberships:

Publications

Books

2014. Evangelische Diasporagemeinden und die Weltweite Kirche. NETS Theological Research Papers, vol. 3. München: Grin Verlag.

2013. Migrants, strangers and the church in Southern Africa: a biblical perspective. NETS Theological Research Papers, vol. 2. München: Grin Verlag.

2010. German Protestantism and the spirit of God: from Luther to Moltmann. München: Grin Verlag.

2008. Global mission on our doorstep: forced migration and the future of the church. Münster: MV Wissenschaft.

2008. Evangelism in the German Landeskirchen after the Leipzig Synod 1999. München: Grin Verlag (e-book)

Edited books

2012. Mission Namibia: challenges and opportunities for the church in the 21st century. München: Grin Verlag.

2011. God's Mission in Southern Africa: NETS Theological Research Papers, vol. 1. München: Grin Verlag.

2010. Building up the Church of Christ: missiological essays from the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. München: Grin Verlag.

Articles (books)

2012. God's mission in Namibia: the situation of the church and the strategic role of para-church organisations, in Mission Namibia: challenges and opportunities for the church in the 21st century. Prill, T (ed.). München: Grin Verlag, 6-18.

2012. Theological controversies on the mission field in southern Africa: reasons, implications and responses, in Mission Namibia: challenges and opportunities for the church in the 21st century. Prill, T (ed.). München: Grin Verlag, 88-111.

2010. Theological giants and the evangelistic dimension of mission, in Building up the Church of Christ: missiological essays from the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prill, T (ed). München: Grin Verlag, 7-20.

2010. Globalisation and mission: what do missiologists mean when they speak of globalisation?, in Building up the Church of Christ: missiological essays from the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prill, T (ed). München: Grin Verlag, 30-40.

2009. Was meinen Theologen, wenn sie von Globalisierung reden? Eine konzeptionelle Annäherung an ein Phänomen aus transformatorischer Sicht, in Die Welt verändern: Grundfragen einer Theologie der Transformation. Faix, T, Reimer, J & V Brecht (eds). Marburg an der Lahn: Francke, 313-325.

Articles (journals)

2015. The gospel on the mission field. Haddington House Journal 17:137-156.

2014. Submission on the mission field. Mission Matters 2014:1 – occasional paper published by the Affinity World Focus Team.

2012. Mission in the 21st century: making wise choices. Mission Matters 2012:4 – occasional paper published by the Affinity World Focus Team.

2011. Evangelical mission organisations, postmodern controversies, and the new heartbeat of mission. Foundations: An International Journal of Evangelical Theology 61:31-40.

2010 God's two kingdoms and the Christian's two citizenships: Luther's misunderstood doctrine and its relevance for today. Grace to the Nation 1(2):35-39.

2009. Migration, mission and the multi-ethnic church. Evangelical Review of Theology 33(4):332-346.

2009. Expatriate churches: mission and challenges. Evangelical Missions Quarterly 45(4):450-454.

2005. Evangelism, theology and the church. Evangelical Review of Theology 29(4):309-330.

2005. Martin Luther, the two kingdoms and the church. Evangel 23(1):17-21.

Articles (magazines)

2012. Mission – quo vadis? Part 3, Evangelicals Now 25(10):18.

2012. Mission – quo vadis? Part 2, Evangelicals Now 25(9):18.

2012. Mission – quo vadis? Part 1, Evangelicals Now 25(8):18.

2012. Migrations- und Minderheitengemeinden: Chancen und Herausforderungen. Perspektiven: Aktuelle Beiträge zu Kirche, Gesellschaft und Zeitgeschehen, 3:39-45.

2010. Namibia: challenges and opportunities for the church. Evangelicals Now 23(6):10.

2010. The gospel of prosperity and liberation or the true gospel of Christ: challenges and opportunities for the church in Namibia. Congregational Concern.195:5-7.

2007. Germany – the "birthplace" of evangelicalism. Congregational Concern 185:9-11.

2006. Event Manager, Fundraiser…oder was? Die Rolle von Geistlichen und die geistliche Erneuerung. CA-Confessio Augustana 2006 3/4:18-22.

2003. Chance für den Glauben - Evangelisation, Paulus und die Postmoderne. CA-Confessio Augustana 4:12-17. » Less

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