New MIT Principal Elected
31 October 2009: A well-known Chin Christian theologian and scholar, Rev. Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling, is to become the new Principal of MIT (Myanmar Institute of Theology) with effect from 2010-2011 academic year.
The 53 year-old Professor of Systematic Theology will take up his new principalship post from 1 April 2010 to be the second Chin MIT Principal, preceded by the current and first Chin MIT Principal, Rev. Dr. Simon Pau Khan En, who was elected in 2006.
Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling said: “I was deeply humbled by the decision made by the Board of Trustees of MIT to elect me as the next MIT principal. I have accepted this decision as God’s special call to His higher ministry. Becoming a Principal of MIT is beyond my dream and I believe that God has a special purpose for MIT and for Myanmar Christian community. Please continue to pray for me and my future work so that I can make my best contribution to MIT in the future.”
“I feel strongly encouraged when I know that I am not alone and that my beloved Chin peoples all over the world are standing by and behind me to support my future ministry in MIT. My deep appreciation and gratitude to all of you not only for your prayer support but also for your weighty words of encouragement. May God bless you all.”
Being a prolific writer, Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling has contributed more than twenty articles on Christian theology to some international Christian journals such as Quest: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Asian Christian Scholars published bi-annually by ACUCA (Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia), Hong Kong; CTC Bulletin, Bulletin of the Program Area on Faith, Mission and Unity, published by the Christian Conference of Asia.
He is editor of the RAYS MIT Journal of Theology, annually published by MIT; Engagement, Judson Research Center Research Bulletin, bi-annually published by the Judson Research Center of MIT, and Myanmar Theological Journal published annually by the Association for Theological Education in Myanmar (ATEM). He has authored four books in English and one in Hakha-Chin dialect on Reading Pauline Letters with the Chin Eyes (Laimi mit in Paul cakuat Relnak).
Rev. Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling is currently Professor cum Director of the Judson Research Center of MIT and also President of Association for Theological Education in Myanmar.
MIT, a Protestant Christian theological Institute located in Insein Township of Yangon, Myanmar, was founded in June 1927 as Baptist Divinity School. It was renamed in 1938 as the Willis and Orlinda Pierce Divinity School, with the first foreign president, Dr. W.E Wiatt, an American missionary, who served from 1927 to 1939.
The then school, renamed ‘The Burma Divinity School’ in the 1950s, has been conferring degrees on its graduates since 1960s. In 1976, the name of the school was changed again to Burma Institute of Theology and then to Myanmar Institute of Theology in 1989 when the country changed its name to Myanmar from Burma. Myanmar Institute of Theology has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in South East Asia since 1960.
Currently, the Myanmar Institute of Theology, offers the following graduate degree programs: M.Div (Master of Divinity), MTS (Master of Theological Studies), M.Min (Master of Ministry), MACS (Master of Arts in Christian Studies), M.Th (Master of Theology), and D. Min (Doctor of Ministry). MIT has also started what is called BARS (Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies) secular degree programs since the year 2000, in response to the demands and challenges of the country’s educational situation. As future plan, Ph.D degree program in theology will be launched with effect from the year 2014.
Rev. Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling has served MIT, his alma mater, as a professor of theology since 1998, and is residing with his family (father of four children) on MIT campus, Semiary Hill, Insein, Yangoon.