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Gillham, Rev. Simon (Acting Principal)
Gillham, Rev. Simon (Acting Principal)

Simon joined the staff team at NETS as a full-time lecturer in 2008 and serves as a missionary from the Church Missionary Society (Australia). He studied theology at Moore Theological College in Australia, is ordained as a minister within the Anglican Church, and has experience in planting churches within the Anglican Church and also as an independent evangelical. Simon is currently reading for a doctorate on 'Deriving pedagogical models for theological education from a biblical theology of the acquisition, transmission and effects of the knowledge of God'. Simon and his wife, Margie, have two children - Madelon and Noah. More »

Favourite Bible quote:
'For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.' (2 Cor 4:5)

Position: Acting Principal

Teaching Areas: Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master of Arts in Theology (Australian College of Theology)
  • Prof. Certificate in Christian Ministry (St John's College, Morpeth)
  • Bachelor of Theology (Hon) (Moore Theological College)
  • Diploma of Ministry (Moore Theological College)

Ministry Experience:

  • Senior Pastor, Maitland Evangelical Church, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
  • Church Planter, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
  • Ordained Anglican Priest, NSW, Australia
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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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Kasera, Mr Basilius (Academic Dean)
Kasera, Mr Basilius (Academic Dean)

Basilius is Academic Dean and lecturer of Systematic Theology. He joined NETS in January 2010. His passion is to teach God's word. He is married to Justene and they have one daughter – Abigail-Nicole. More »

Favourite Bible quote:

"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10).

Position: Academic Dean

Teaching Areas: Systematic Theology, African Church History

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master of Theology (South African Theological Seminary, RSA)
  • Bachelor of Theological Studies (Vision International University, USA)
  • Diploma of Ministry (Gospel Outreach Christian Leadership School, Namibia)

Ministry and Work Experience:

  • Lecturer at NETS since 2010
  • Dean of School for Gospel Outreach Christian Leadership School (2008-2009)
  • Site Manager and Senior Couselor for Catholic AIDS Action New Start Center (2006-2008)
  • Chief Instructor for Greater Love School of Ministry (2001-2005)

Hobbies:

  • Information technology, writing, reading, researching, teaching, blogging and playing chess

Publications:

  • 2013. The biblical and theological examination of prosperity theology. Munich: GRIN.
  • 2012. Money, poverty and the church: the danger of the prosperity gospel in Namibia. Mission Namibia - Challenges and Opportunities for the Church in the 21st Century. Prill, T (ed). Munich: Grin, 19-24.
  • 2012. Contextual issues: Yahweh and African names for God. Mission Namibia - Challenges and Opportunities for the Church in the 21st Century. Prill, T (ed). Munich: Grin, 112-140.
  • 2010. The Battle for Truth in Namibia. In Building up the Church of Christ: missiological essays from the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prill, T (ed). Munich: Grin, 21-28.

Web Articles

  • Heresy Unmasked. (Being reviewed) Download (Analysis of the main doctrines of the Word of Faith Movement)
  • Synthetic Seeds
  • Wrong views about Jesus
  • In pursuit of happiness

You may visit his blog to read other articles: http://savouringthegospel.wordpress.com/ » Less

den Hartog, Rev. Willem-Henri (Director for Distance Education)
den Hartog, Rev. Willem-Henri (Director for Distance Education)

Willem is married to Ditteke and they live in Windhoek. They are involved in the St. Andrews African Methodist Episcopal Church in Khomasdal. Willem joined NETS in September 2008 and he is passionate about seeing people being transformed through the gospel of Jesus Christ. He would like to specialize himself in pastoral theology. More »

Favourite Bible Quote:

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)

Teaching areas:

  • Responsible for distance education
  • Church Governance
  • Veritas
  • Leadership course for prison inmates

Academic qualifications:

  • Bsc Business Administration Hogeschool van Enschede
  • Drs. Theologie Utrecht Universiteit

Ministry and work experience:

1998-2008 SNS bank Sales person

2000-2002 Dutch Reformed Church Breukelen, catecheses teacher

2006-2008 Reformed congregations IJsselstein, catecheses teacher

2000-2008 editor CV Koers

2008 – up until now Director for Distance Education at NETS

Hobbies:

Sports, travelling, photography, walking my dogs, aviation » Less

Biwa, Christa (Lecturer)
Biwa, Christa (Lecturer)

Christa is a former NETS graduate who joined the faculty in January 2014. She is an ordained pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and loves to serve God and His people. More »

Favourite Bible quote:

"But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." (Jn. 12:32)

Position: Lecturer

Teaching Areas: Biblical Studies; HIV and Aids

Academic Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Public Admin (Polytech of Namibia)
  • Bachelor of Theology (2013 NETS)

Ministry and Work Experience:

  • Worked at former Ministry of Basic Education and later at Higher Education, Science and Technology
  • Pastor of Mt. Nebo AMEC, Gobabis
  • Pastor of H.B. Senatle AMEC, Windoek North

Hobbies:

  • Reading and watching movies
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Hooker, Rev. Josh (Lecturer)
Hooker, Rev. Josh (Lecturer)

Josh joined NETS in 2007. Previously he was a pastor in the UK and a Bible college lecturer in Lesotho. He has taught many different courses at NETS since 2007, but his great love is biblical studies. In 2008 he was the Academic Dean and from 2009-2012 was the Acting Principal. He is now a full time lecturer. He is particularly concerned that the Bible should be well taught and lived out in the local church. Josh is married to Cathy and they have three children. They are mission partners with Crosslinks. More »

Favourite Bible quote:

"To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father –to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen." (Revelation 1:5b-6)

Position: Senior Lecturer

Teaching Areas: Biblical Studies (also Systematic Theology , Preaching, and The Christian Life)

Academic Qualifications:

  • MA in Theology (Oak Hill Theological College/Middlesex University)
  • BA in Biblical and Cross-cultural Studies (All Nations Christian College/The Open University)
  • BSc in Chemistry (University of Kent )

Ministry and Work Experience:

  • Lecturer (2013- )
  • Principal (Acting) and Lecturer at NETS (2009-2012)
  • Academic Dean and Lecturer at NETS (2008)
  • Lecturer at Morija Theological Seminary, Lesotho (2005-2007)
  • Minister of Beresford Road Evangelical Church, Lowestoft (1998-2001)
  • Assistant Minister of East London Tabernacle Baptist Church, London from (1995-1998)

Memberships

Publications

2013. Marriage: the good, the bad and the ugly. NETS Real Life Theology Series. Booklet Four (English).

2013. Suicide. Is it the unforgiveable sin? NETS Real Life Theology Series. Booklet One (Afrikaans and English).

2010. Theological education in Southern Africa: the challenge of turning of rhetoric into reality, in Building up the Church of Christ: Missiological essays from the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prill, T (ed). Munich: Grin, 3-6.

2003. Help! I'm an Evangelical. Get me out of here! Evangelicals Now, 16(2).

Books

2013. Priority One. A true understanding of God's grace in our lives. (Darlington: Evangelical Press) » Less

Knight, Michael (Lecturer)
Knight, Michael (Lecturer)

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.

Makai, Rev. Paul (Student Dean)
Makai, Rev. Paul (Student Dean)

Paul joined NETS as Student Dean in 2010. He is happily married to beautiful Febby for 43 years. They have six children (4 girls and 2 boys) aged between 29 and 42. Their third born went to be with the Lord in October 2012 at the age of 37. Paul says about himself: 'I am under unquenched thirst for the studying of God's Word, for obedience to Christ and for teaching and training God's people (Esra 7:10). I have a burden for God-honouring marriages and families as well as for servanthood Christian leadership for the building of His body.' More »

Position: Student Dean

Teaching Areas: Christian Leadership, Contextual Theology, Practical Theology

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master of Arts in Christian Education, Graduate Teacher Diploma (Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology)
  • Certificate in Leadership Development (Daystar University, Kenya)
  • Bachelor of Science in Bible Education, Teacher Diploma (Columbia International University USA)
  • Diploma in Biblical Instructions (Bible College of Central Africa)
  • Certificate in Teacher Education (David Livingstone Teacher Training College)
  • Various short courses on Psychosocial HIV and AIDS Counselling, World Perspectives, Integration Methods of HIV and AIDS in Theological Institutions Curriculum

Ministry Experience:

  • Lecturer at Baptist Theological Seminary (partime, 2006-2008)
  • Bishop of the Evangelical Church in Zambia (2004-2007)
  • Ordained as Reverend (2003)
  • Deputy Bishop of the Evangelical Church of Zambia and Acting Secretary of Education (2002-2003)
  • Acting Station Head and Administrator - Luampa Hospital (2002)
  • Lecturer at Theological College of Central Africa and Coordinator for Students' Practicum/Internship (2000-2001)
  • Lecturer for Women's School - Nairobi Evangelical Graduate College (1996-1998)
  • Chairperson of Theological College of Central Africa Board (1995-1996)
  • Chairperson of the Evangelical Church in Zamibia General Council (1990-1995)
  • Board member of the Theological College of Central Africa and Committee member of the Evangelical Felloship of Zambia (1989-1992)
  • General Secretary of the Evangelical Church in Zamibia (1990-1991)
  • Assistant General Secretary of the Evangelical Church in Zambia and Education Secretary (1984-1987)
  • Director of Christian Education Department (1981-1996)
  • Assistant Director of Christian Education Department (1978-1980)
  • Evangelical Church in Zambia - Christian Education Development (1978).

Rev. Makai has also served in many other capacities in the Evangelical Church of Zambia and has held other positions and been member of various committees and boards outside the Evangelical Church of Zambia. » Less

Ryan, Peter (Lecturer)
Ryan, Peter (Lecturer)

Peter first served as a lecturer at NETS in 2007 – 2008, returning in January 2014 to take up this position again. Peter studied at Sydney Missionary Bible College and has experience as a pastor in Sydney. He is passionate about training and equipping leaders for ministry. Before Peter studied theology he worked as a physiotherapist, specialising in neuro-rehabilitation. He and his wife Paula are mission partners with Pioneers Australia. They have one daughter – Imogen. More »

Favourite Bible quote: "In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!'" (Luke 24:5-6)

Position: Lecturer

Teaching Areas: Biblical Studies; Pastoral Ministry

Academic Qualifications:

Master of Divinity (Australian College of Theology, Sydney Missionary Bible College) (2006)

BAppSc (Physiotherapy) University of Sydney (1995)

Ministry Experience:

Youth and Young Adults Leader, – St David's Anglican Church Forestville (1992-2006)

Lecturer, NETS, (2007 – 2008; 2014 – )

Pastor, St David's Anglican Church, Forestville (2009 – 2013) » Less

Gunning, Paul (part-time)
Gunning, Paul (part-time)

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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Prill, Dr. Thorsten (part-time)
Prill, Dr. Thorsten (part-time)

Thorsten Prill joined NETS in November 2008. He is a Crosslinks mission partner lecturing in missiology, systematic theology and practical theology. Thorsten serves as Associate Pastor at Inner-City Lutheran Congregation in Windhoek. 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

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)

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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