A WORD FROM THE PROVOST
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.
Ndu Town where CBTS is situated is a very conducive environment for studies and has all that you will need in order to study comfortably. The climate is cold and has two seasons: the dry season and rainy seasons. It is indeed a welcoming environment and you will not regret living in Ndu for your studies.
It is our privilege to serve you, if you have sensed God’s calling on your life to proclaim His word. We will give you the training you need in order to fulfill that calling. Conscious of the fact that we are training ambassadors for Christ, which is our motto, we seek to provide the most rigorous academic and spiritual preparation you need in order to represent Jesus is a worthy manner. This is done in an atmosphere where Jesus Christ is loved and worshiped above all as the Son of God. We are thus a community committed to excellence in our love, worship and service of God. At CBTS, you will be called upon to “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
CBTS is blessed with the best resident, part-time, and visiting faculty who are men and women who love Jesus and are committed to training men and women to influence the world for Him. This faculty will invest their lives in you, shaping and forming you into being the kind of gospel minister the Lord delights in for His service.
If God is calling you into the gospel ministry, CBTS is the best place for you to consider. We are here at your service and will provide the best of help that you need as you pursue God’s calling in your life.
Rev. Dr. Nseimboh Johnson Nyiangoh
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.
Changes of Name
In 1954, when the school was moved from Mbem to Ndu, the name was changed from Cameroon Baptist Mission Bible School to Baptist Bible Training Centre, Ndu. In 1973, it was it was again changed but retaining the former initials, to Baptist Bible Training College to indicate its secondary level status. Then in 1983 the name was changed to Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary, this time to show its status as a degree offering institution. Following this change of status, in 1988 the title for the position of Principal was changed to that of President.
Between 1960 and 1972 under the leadership of Rev. Elmer C. Strauss, plans were made for the construction of new classrooms, a library/office building, and a chapel. North American Baptist churches financed these buildings. Later in 1981 an extension was added to the library, turning the old library into a reading room and making a new book stacks area and offices for the library. This was followed by some renovation of the main single student’s dormitory into several smaller room units and the building of three more adequate staff houses. Since then two rooms have been added to the library, a conference room on the earstern side and two classroom on the western side of the building. One of the rooms on the western side now serves as the Digital Library. In 1998, The Baptist World Alliance donated funds for the contruction of another extension, on the western side of the main library. This is still in the process of being furnished. The churches of the NAB provided funds for the reading tables of this extension.
In 1985 a school for teaching missionary children (CAN) was built. In 1996 it was remodeled and made into a building for the Women’s Ministries Department, with office and classroom space, a conference room, a small sewing room, and modern kitchen facility for domestic science classes. During 1995-1996, a Child Care Centre was built. The Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis, USA also donated funds for the storey building (the Bethlehem Complex), which now provides enough space for offices, the Wycliffe Hall, and fourteen classrooms.
Principals, Presidents and Provosts
The seminary has been served through the years by a number of men who have given able leadership as Principals , Presidents and currently Provost. These men are listed here, indicating the years they served as the head of the institution.
Child Care Centre
The Child Care Center (CCC) started in 1972 as a children’s room to care for children whose mothers were studying in the women’s Ministries Department. Originally there were 25 preschoolers who were cared for by two paid baby-sitters. Today the CCC is a quickly growing ministry, caring for children whose parents are studying in the seminary. It is also open to serve the outside community. A dedicated staff is committed to taking care of these children and helping them to grow physically and spiritually.
The number of children at the CCC increased with the surging enrolment at CBTS. Considering both the increased number of the children, and the need for their safety, the Administration decided to begin a nursery school. The proper care that children receive in the school became a motivation for the school. This naturally evolved into a complete Primary School. In 2012 the Cameroon Ministry of Basic Education recognized the school as a Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Bilingual Primary and Nursery Schools. The school graduated its first batch of Class Six pupils with a 100% success at the Cameroon Government Entrance Examination.