Faculty

We do not have faculty specifically appointed to AGST Alliance, except for the Dean. Faculty with the expertise for our programs are drawn from member seminaries and beyond. Each AGST Alliance program area (Education, Theology) is overseen by a committee of local specialists, chaired by a program director.

Teaching faculty and thesis/dissertation supervisors for AGST Alliance programs are drawn from both local and international subject specialists. This brings both depth and breadth to the learning experience of the participants. The remarkable range of experience, ethnicities and theological backgrounds is seen in the module facilitators for our MTh programs. They have included a New Zealander living in Singapore, a South African who has lived in the Philippines and is now in Mongolia, a Malaysian based in Mongolia, an Australian teaching in Lebanon, an Indian in the UK – and more! We are immensely grateful for the commitment of so many competent and willing faculty partners.

Education programs faculty

The Director of the Education Programs is Dr Rosalind Lim-Tan. Faculty who have participated in our education programs to date (or who are scheduled to join us) include:

MTh(Ed)/EdD module facilitators (in alphabetical order)

  • Dr Allan Harkness: Advisory Director, AGST Alliance, Singapore.
  • Prof Brian Hill: Emeritus Professor of Education, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.
  • Dr Cynthia Dixon: Retired Professor of Educational Psychology & Religious Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
  • Dr George Capaque: Dean, Discipleship Training Centre, Singapore
  • Dr Jeanie Shim: Lecturer in Christian Education, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Penang, Malaysia
  • Dr Jeffrey Pugh: Former Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Melbourne School of Theology Postgraduate Institute, Australia.
  • Dr Kwai-Lin Stephens: Former Director, Union Bible Theological College, Mongolia.
  • Dr Perry Shaw: Director, Educational Ministries Resource Centre, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Lebanon.
  • Dr Pieter Theron: Former Director, EdD program of AGST-Philippines.
  • Dr Rosalind Lim-Tan: Director, Holistic Child Development Institute, MBTS, Malaysia.
  • Dr Sylvia Collinson: Dean, Morling College, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dr Theresa Lua: Dean, AGST Philippines; former Director, Education Program, AGS, Philippines.

MTh(Ed) thesis supervisors (in alphabetical order)

  • Dr Apichart Poonsakvorasan: Senior Pastor, Lecturer and Educator, Thailand.
  • Rev David Burke: Lecturer in Ministry and Practice, Presbyterian Theological Centre, Sydney, Australia; former pastor, educator and lecturer, Singapore.
  • Dr Ishak Wonohadidjojo: National Director, Association of Christian Schools International, Indonesia.
  • Dr Jeanie Shim: Lecturer in Christian Education, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Penang, Malaysia
  • Dr Matt Rawlins: Managing Director, Green Bench Consulting, Singapore.
  • Dr Phillips Koh: Senior Pastor, adjunct faculty to seminaries, Malaysia.
  • Dr Rosalind Lim-Tan: Director, Holistic Child Development Institute, MBTS, Malaysia.
  • Dr Samuel Sidjabat: CE specialist lecturer, Tyrannus Theological Seminary, Indonesia.

EdD/PhD(Ed) supervisors (in alphabetical order)

  • Dr Allan Harkness: Advisory Director, AGST Alliance, Singapore.
  • Dr Calvin Chong: Faculty member (and former Dean), Singapore Bible College, Singapore.
  • Dr Cynthia Dixon: Retired Professor of Educational Psychology & Religious Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
  • Dr Edward Sands: Formerly theological College dean (New Zealand), principal (Kyrgyzstan), and missions team leader, Kalimantan, Indonesia. Dr Graham Cheesman Director, Centre for Theological Education, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Dr Jennifer Turner: Pastor, church consultant, theological college lecturer and writer, Australia.
  • Dr Marie-Therese Proctor: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Uni. of Western Sydney; Research Fellow & Director, Australian Centre for Studies in Spirituality, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dr Martin Dowson: Academic Director, Wesley Institute, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dr Rosalind Lim-Tan: Director, Holistic Child Development Institute, MBTS, Malaysia.

Theology programs faculty

The Director of the Theology Programs is Dr Sunny Tan, ThD (ABGTS), Academic Dean of Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary. Faculty who have participated in our theology programs to date (or who are scheduled to join us) include:

MTh(Theol) module supervisors

  • Dr David Emmanuel Singh: Research Tutor in South Asian Studies at OCMS, UK; and former Associate Director of the Henry Martyn Institute of Islamic Studies, India.
  • Dr David and Mrs Rosemary Harley: (David) Former Principal, All Nations Christian College, UK; Former Dean, Discipleship Training Centre, Singapore; and former General Director, OMF International. (Rosemary) Missions writer and lecturer/speaker.
  • Dr Glen Scorgie: Professor of Theology, Bethel Seminary, San Diego, USA.
  • Dr John Massey: Theology and Historical Studies lecturer, Baptist Theological Seminary, Singapore.
  • Dr Keith White: Sociologist, theologian, and Director of Mill Grove Therapeutic Community for Children and Adolescents, UK.
  • Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok: Faculty lecturer in inter-cultural Studies, East Asia School of Theology, Singapore.
  • Dr Natee Tanchanpongs: Academic Dean, Bangkok Bible Seminary, Thailand.
  • Dr Ng Kam Weng: Director of Kairos Research Institute, Malaysia.Director of Kairos Research Institute, Malaysia.
  • Dr Steve Taylor: Director of Research, Bangkok Bible Seminary, Thailand.
  • Dr Sunny Tan: Academic Dean, MBTS, Malaysia
  • Dr Damon So, Research Tutor, Oxford Center for Mission Studies.
  • Dr Vincent Ooi: Lecturer, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Malaysia.
  • Dr Ong Meng Chai. Associate Director of Center for Expository Preaching.
  • Dr Lai Pak Wah, Lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology, Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore.
  • Dr Tan Seng Kong Lecturer of Systematic and Spiritual Theology, Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore.
  • Dr Peter Rowan, UK National Director for OMF International.
  • Dr Voon Choon Khing, Lecturer, Seminari Theologi Malaysia (retired).

MTh(Theol) thesis supervisors

  • Rev. Dr. Ong Meng Chai, Associate Director of Center for Expository Preaching,
  • Rev Dr Clement Chia, Principal of Singapore Bible College, Singapore.
  • Dr Satanun Boonyakiat, Dean of McGilvary College of Divinity of Payap, Thailand.
  • Dr Peter Adams, Vicar Emeritus, St Jude’s Carlton, Australia. Lecturer and Principal of Ridley Melbourne (2002-2012).

PhD(Theol) dissertation supervisors

  • Dr Jonathan Ingleby: Postgraduate Lecturer in Mission, Redcliffe College, UK.
  • Dr John Latham, Lecturer, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Dr Ng Kam Weng, Director of Kairos Research Institute, Malaysia.Director of Kairos Research Institute, Malaysia.
  • Dr Martin Accad, Chief Academic Officer, Assoc Professor of Islamic Studies, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Dr Dennis Ngien, Professor of Systematic Theology at Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto

Biblical Studies program

The current program committee: Dr Kyle Essary, Dr Lee Chul Wol and Dr Ronald Laldinsuah.

PhD supervisors:

  • Dr Timothy Kao, External Lecturer, Singapore Bible College, Singapore.
  • Dr Frederico Villaneuva, Regional Commissioning Editor and Scholar Care Coordinator-Asia, Langham Partnership.
  • Dr Kyle Essary, Lecturer, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Klang Valley, Malaysia.

Transformational Development program

The main faculty for the Asia-based MTD program is those who are already teaching in the Eastern College Australia Eastern program. A key person – both teaching and as the overall program director – is Steve Bradbury.

Steve, from New Zealand, was for 25 years the National Director of TEAR Australia and was the inaugural chair of the Micah Network (an international network of over 300 Christian relief, development and justice organizations) and Micah Challenge International (a global advocacy campaign mobilizing Christians against poverty).

The intensive sessions of the units will also draw on practitioners and other experts from within the SE Asian region and further afield.

A strength of the program is the high degree of interaction and ‘contextualising’ between the students who are themselves practitioners bringing significant experience to the learning experience of the cohort.


DMin program

Dr Sooi Ling Tan, adjunct faculty member, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary.
Competent regional and international faculty will facilitate the coursework and supervise the dissertation research. In addition, in some modules ‘thinking practitioners’ will be invited to provide input from their ministry experiences.