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A SHORT HISTORY OF TIMISOARA BIBLE BAPTIST SEMINARY

In 1990 a group of Romanian Baptist pastors approached Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis requesting assistance in providing advanced theological training. Until December 1989, under the repressive dictatorship of communist Nicolae Ceauşescu, these Baptists had been denied the opportunity to start schools or to receive training in the one school that already existed in the country. At this time, about 100 poorly-trained Baptist pastors were shepherding nearly 1100 churches.

Central Seminary responded to the request in 1993, by offering in Zalău, Romania a single class from the stateside Master of Arts in Theological Studies program. The institution stipulated two conditions: first that each student understand spoken and written English, and second, that each be able to write papers in English.

Due to the overwhelming and enthusiastic interest in that single class, the institution decided to offer both the Master of Arts and full-blown Master of Divinity degrees in Romania. Emanuel Baptist Church, pastored by Beniamin Costea—a student from that very first class—gladly offered the use of its facilities. In 1994, professors from the Plymouth campus began regularly traveling to Romania. Thus, Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Arad, Romania was born.

As of 2010, Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Arad, Romania has held seven commencement ceremonies, graduating about 150 students. This figure represents nearly one-fifth of the Baptist pastors and church planters presently ministering in Romania. Additionally, many of these pastors, along with other graduates, conduct vigorous church planting and educational efforts in other European countries, such as Hungary, Ukraine, and Austria. However, as of 2013, after 20 years of continuing support for its Romanian extension, Central Baptist Theological Seminary has withdrawn its operations in Romania leaving behind a godly legacy of biblical ministerial training.

After prayerful consideration, the faculty of the Romanian campus has sought to explore different venues for continuing this legacy. By the grace of God, it has been established a contact with The Masters Academy International (TMAI) – a consortium of conservative evangelical theological schools spread across the globe and taught by alumni of Master’s Seminary and, more closely with one of the main TMAI European member schools- European Bible Training Center (EBTC) from Berlin, Germany.

With the help of Christian brothers from EBTC and TMAI, the operations of the school will relaunch, Lord willing, in the Fall of 2015, with a new name- Timisoara Baptist Bible Seminary at a new adress: str. Capitan Dan, 20, Timisoara.

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

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“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

(2 Tim. 2:2, NASB)