As we look back over the school year 2018-2019, we have cause to offer praise and thanksgiving to God. We are thankful for God’s provision and protection, the new students who upon answering God’s call to ministry enrolled in the institution, students who after four years have left to pastor churches, students who have completed the certificate programmes and have returned to their churches to serve, a year of teaching and learning, and the development of the physical plant during the summer break, among other things.
We now look to the future. We anticipate the entrance of the young men and women who have been accepted to begin their training in September 2019. We eagerly look forward to seeing our beloved returning students and to hear their testimonies of ministry involvement. The expected laughter, smiles, teaching-learning experiences, fellowship, preaching and worship in chapel, ministry, graduation 2019, and growth that will take place in the new school year, fill us with anticipation.
This school year will see a significant development in the history of Bethel Bible College of the Caribbean – Jamaica, as the institution will launch two new learning platforms: Zoom and Moodle. Faculty members are currently being trained in the use of these modalities and are being facilitated in the transition from face-face to online instruction. This development will enable persons from across the world to access the courses and programmes offered by the college. Furthermore, students of theological institutions, owned and operated by the New Testament Church of God in the English-speaking Caribbean, will be able to complete their studies to the degree level, without necessarily coming to Jamaica.
To the new and what promises to be an exciting 2019-2020, I would like to welcome the staff and faculty of the main campus, the coordinators and teachers of the extension campuses, and the new and returning students of all campuses. We look forward to a year filled with God’s grace, peace, mercy, and goodness. We confess that without him, our best efforts will end in dismal failure, but with him all things are possible. May we work to hear his ‘well done’.
Do have a blessed and meaningful year.
Donald A. Roberts, Rev. Dr.