ABTS’ Virtual Format Draws Largest Ever Incoming Class

Photo comes courtesy of ABTS on Facebook.

The pandemic put a halt to in-person schooling around the world. The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon made a difficult choice: switching to fully virtual courses.

Students no longer live on campus but still attend classes virtually. Loulwa El Maalouf says, “We had 35 students join us. This is the largest intake of new students in the history of the seminary. ABTS was founded in 1960. And since then, we’ve been training hundreds of leaders for the Arab world. But this is the first time we have this high number of students. And the diversity is incredible. We’re seeing students from countries that wouldn’t be able to be with us if it weren’t for this hybrid module.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Praise God for this large number of dedicated students across the MENA region.