The Zomi Theological College (ZTC) held its 49th Graduation Ceremony on 14 March, 2009 at Falam Baptist Church where a total of 31 students were presented Biblical degrees of Bachelor of Theology (B.Th), Master of Divinity (M.Div) and Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E).
The ceremony was attended by a large congregation, estimated not less than a thousand. Rev. Dr. Do Sian Thang, Principal of the college, conferred the degrees upon the newly graduated students of 13 B.Th, 9 M.Div and 9 B.R.E.
One of the ZTC lecturers, Rev. Robert Khua Hnin Thang, remarked: “I am very proud of the graduates. I believe that what they have achieved in their studies at the college will surely be of great benefit to the Chin people and the communities in which they live. Degree is for service.”
“The ZTC seeks balancing spiritual, intellectual, and vocational to be ONE. It is the fact that the ZTC sticks to Asian spirituality: pathos and ethos. In a sense, the ZTC demonstrates divine pathos through divine ethos: that is, cultivating spiritual formation through community life, intellectual formation through academic pursuit, and vocational formation through field education,” added Rev. Thang, who is doing a doctorate in Old Testament (O.T) at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
A member school of the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA) since 1982, the college had for a few years a good experience of Theological Education teamwork, a joint B.Th program, with Chin Christian College in Hakha, Tedim Theological College (formerly Baptist Theological School) in Tedim, Bethel Theological Seminary in Tahan, and Union Theological College in Matupi before they were accredited by the ATESEA.
Since formally opened in 1953, ZTC has produced a total of 882 Christian ministers and community leaders. According to the bulletin printed on the graduation day, ZTC has got 110 students in the academic year 2008-09.
Van Biak Thang
23 March, 2009