We welcome you to the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary, (CBTS), Ndu. We are an institution of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, located in Ndu in the North-West Region of Cameroon. Founded in 1947, CBTS has a standing tradition of commitment to the inerrancy and absolute authority of Scripture as the infallible Word of God. We believe that God uses His Word for the salvation and sanctification of mankind. As such, we are committed to training Bible-saturated, Christ-centered, and Spirit-filled Bible expositors who will honour Jesus by faithfully preaching and living out His word.
CBTS is one of the outstanding theological institutions in Cameroon, accredited with the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) at the Affiliate level. That therefore means that CBTS has international recognition. Certificates obtained at CBTS will be recognized by accredited theological institutions around the world. Our programs provide the best of theological education that can stand all the context based challenges of ministry and life. We offer programs from the Certificate of Women’s Ministries Department to the Masters level. We offer specializations in Bible and Theology; Pastoral Care and Counseling; Evangelism and Missions; and Bible Translation and Linguistics as the Bachelor’s level. Our Master’s program is divided into two streams: The Master of Divinity Program (3 years) for those who obtain their bachelor’s degree from secular university; and Master of Arts Program (2 years) for those who obtain their bachelor’s degree from a theological institution. We are committed to spiritual and academic excellence and equally committed to ensure that the accreditation standards are stringently respected. CBTS benefits from strong partnerships with some of the seminaries in Africa and North America, e.g. the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Ogbomoso, Nigeria and Sioux Falls Seminary in the United States of America just to mention a few.
CBTS, as it is commonly called today, started in 1947 in Belo. Missionaries from the North American Baptist denomination were organizing churches at the time and saw the need to train pastors to serve in these churches. So CBTS was established. The first student body was comprised of fourteen part-time students. Rev. Don S. Ganstom was appointed as the first principal-teacher, assisted by Rev. Stephen N. Nteff and Mrs. Lois Ahrens. Clearly from the beginning the hand of the Lord was upon this educational enterprise. The student body continued to grow steadily.
After three years of existence, CBTS moved to Mbem in 1950. The student body continued to grow to 28 students. The growth of the school also made imperative the appointment of part-time teachers. Missionaries took turns to go to Mbem and teach for a month or more. In 1954 after considering many things, including future expansion, the school was moved to Ndu with 41 students. As the school expanded its programs, dormitories and staff quarters were constructed. During the time of 1954-1959 classes were held in temporary buildings.
CBTS Affirmation of Faith
1. The Scripture
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of God’s instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and is and will remain to the end of the world, the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and is a testimony to Christ, who is the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21
There is one and only one true and living God, who is an