Governance

A Governing Board oversees our theological education programs. The Governing Board comprises one representative from each member seminary, and other members by invitation of the Board. Our current Governing Board office bearers are

  • Chair: Dr Sunny Tan (Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary)
  • Secretary: Rev. Wendy Ching (Bible College of Malaysia)
  • Treasurer: Dr Keith Shubert (East Asia School of Theology)

Academic Dean

Dr Tan Sooi Ling, from Penang (Malaysia), was appointed as Academic Dean in late 2015. Sooi Ling completed her PhD in intercultural studies (with a focus on worship) at Fuller Theological Seminary. Subsequently, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship with the Brehm Center at Fuller, and explored the area of peace and reconciliation through music. Her interests lie in worship in context, world religions and intercultural communication. She is the co-editor of (un)Common Sounds: Songs of Peace and Reconciliation, and continues to teach as an adjunct assistant professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary. As well as giving academic oversight of our AGST Alliance programs, Sooi Ling is Director of the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership program.

Advisory Director

Dr Allan Harkness was appointed founding Dean of AGST (Malaysia/Singapore) in 2004. He relinquished this role at the end of 2015, when he and his wife relocated to New Zealand, his home country. The Governing Board has appointed him to the continuing position of Advisory Director. Allan holds post-graduate degrees in psychology (MA), divinity (BD), and Christian education (PhD, Murdoch, Australia). Prior to moving into his AGST Alliance role, Allan was a faculty member of Discipleship Training Centre (1989-93) and Trinity Theological College (1997-2003) in Singapore. He specialises in Christian education and theological education, and has authored a number of articles/book chapters in these fields. A former editor of the Journal of Christian Education, he is currently on the editorial board of two academic journals in Christian/theological education. Allan and his wife Marven were in Asia as members of OMF International since 1988.

Support staff

AGST Alliance operates with a lean administrative support staff team. A number of people provide valuable administrative support:

  • Mr See Teck Hui (finance manager)
  • Ms Melanie Lim (registrar, administrative support)
  • Bangkok Bible Seminary finance staff (Thailand-based financial services)

Legal matters

AGST Alliance is registered in Malaysia as AGST Alliance Sendirian Berhad (aka Private Limited), a company with a training object. The majority of the directors of the company are current representatives of our consortium seminaries. Our company registration number is 823401-M. The registered AGST Alliance Sdn Bhd company address is:

No 52A, Lebuh Enggang
41150 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia.