In 2002, the Africa Assemblies of God Alliance (AAGA) Executive Committee mandated that a doctoral program be started on the continent. Key factors in the decision to move forward with the development of this new program were as follows:

  • The growth of the African church requires capable and qualified leaders to address the growing challenges. The training of ministers at all levels of education is essential. Therefore, AAGA mandated doctoral-level training to assist in meeting increasing leadership requirements.

  • AAGA leaders desired a doctoral program that embodies a high view of Scripture and shares the values inherent within the Pentecostal tradition.

  • The African Assemblies of God (AG) Masters programs, the first beginning in 1994, had graduated a significant number of highly qualified key church leaders. Many of these graduates, having earned theological masters degrees, were now ready for further training to help them lead in the twenty-first century.

  • With the number of experienced ministers holding doctoral degrees increasing in both AAGA and AGWM-Africa, a doctoral program staffed jointly by African-related personnel was now possible.

Several key AAGA events led to the establishing of the doctoral program in Africa. First, an African Doctoral Graduate Outcomes Profiling Survey was conducted at the AAGA General Assembly in Cape Town in October 2002. This survey laid the foundations for the continent-wide church leadership research needed for establishing the program. This event was followed by a dialogue between interested African and AGWM missionary respondents. This was facilitated by Africa Theological Training Service (ATTS) and conducted by Rev. Don Corbin, Regional Director of the US Assemblies of God World Missions. A regionally-representative doctoral committee meeting was then held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in November 2003, further defining the parameters for the doctoral program. From there, a doctoral program design committee was appointed and a proposal for establishing the African doctoral program was presented at the AAGA General Assembly in Accra, Ghana, in October 2004. That body unanimously approved the doctoral program and mandated its starting date.

ATTS was tasked to implement this new training initiative and develop its structure. The PAThS Constitution and Bylaws and the appointment of PAThS administration were ratified at the AAGA Executive Meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, February 2005. In response to the AAGA mandate, PAThS began in November 2005 with a cohort of sixteen doctoral students from ten nations of Africa.

PAThS is a community of scholars committed to the World Assemblies of God Fellowship Statement of Fundamental Truths


PAThS exists to prepare servant leaders to equip the church of Africa to fulfill God’s mission in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Because of this commitment, the training priorities of this seminary are intentionally biblical in perspective, Pentecostal in orientation, missional in emphasis, contextual in application, and scholarly in practice.

It is the conviction of the leadership of this seminary that God has a great plan for the church in Africa to fulfill through fully participating in the Missio Dei to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the earth. PAThS exists to prepare trainers and leaders of the African church, who will in turn equip other eleventh-hour laborers to fulfill their God-given destiny (2 Tim. 2:2).



Biblical in perspective: We value a high view of Scripture. We believe the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) is inspired of God and is the revelation of God to humanity, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct for all of life. The Bible is indispensable to the identity, health, and mission of God’s people. The seminary considers it a sacred responsibility to pass on to students a passion for God’s Word. We prioritize the use of skillful exegesis to correctly understand and apply Scripture.

Pentecostal in orientation: We value theological education characterized by Pentecostal ethos. Pentecostal-theological education emphasizes the role and presence of the Holy Spirit in student formation. Because the Spirit’s intervention is essential for personal growth and ministry, the seminary commits to creating space for the Holy Spirit in all parts of the educative process, emphasizing His role in the student’s learning experience. 

Missional in emphasis: We value the church’s role in proclaiming God’s mission to redeem sinful humanity and restore a fallen world. This mission is realized evangelistically through the proclamation of the gospel of Christ, and is lived out in the ministry context of everyday life. The seminary is committed to Christ’s Great Commission, and therefore is also committed to effectively equip and empower students for meaningful engagement in this purpose. 

Contextual in application: We value the ministry context of every student. The faculty of the seminary are committed to a learning environment that presents information in a way that will help the student better construct meaning out of his or her own experiences. The learning environment exists not only in the classroom, but also in the student’s local context through application of course content to the student’s own cultural setting and ministry.

Scholarly in practice: We value scholar-practitioners who are aware of, and can respond to, questions the surrounding culture is asking. All truth is God’s truth; therefore we are committed to knowing truth through scholarly investigation. The seminary is committed to effectual theological education resulting in outcomes characterized by scholarly rigor, academic integrity, and ministerial competence. 



PAThS students study at three campuses. PAThS’ main campus home is the West Africa Advanced School of Theology in Lomé, Togo. Satellite campuses are located in Dodoma, Tanzania and Enugu, Nigeria. 

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Administration & Faculty

Board of Directors

Dr. Barnabas Mtokambali, Chairman of the Board

Dr. John Easter, PAThS Vice Chancellor 

Rev. Greg Beggs, Africa Regional Director

Rev. Nate Lashway, Secretary of the Board

Rev. Randy Tarr, West Africa Area Director

Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, Central Africa Representative

Rev. Philip Kitoto, East Africa Representative

Rev. Michel Ouedraogo, West Africa Representative

Dr. Edward Chitsonga, Southern Africa Representative

Rev. Mark Turney, President, WAAST 

Board of Administration

Dr. Gordon Sehlako Lebelo, Chancellor

Dr. John L. Easter, Vice Chancellor

Dr. Bill Kirsch, Provost

Dr. Jerry Ireland, Vice Provost

Dr. Etienne Zongo, Dean of Students, Main Campus

Rev. Joy A. York, Program Administrator

Rev. Beth Lord, Registrar

Rev. Mark Turney, Main Campus Liaison

Dr. Désiré GNANCHOU, Francophone Liaison

Academic Affairs Committee

Dr. John Easter, Vice Chancellor

Dr. Bill Kirsch, Provost

Dr. Jerry Ireland, Vice Provost

Dr. Chuck Wilson, Dean of Institutional Assessment, Research Coordinator

Dr. Bob Braswell, Dean of Research

Rev. Joy York, Institutional Program Administrator

Rev. Beth Lord, Registrar, Senior Editor

Dr. Carl Gibbs, Africa's Hope Liaison to PAThS, Dean of Nigeria Extension

Dr. Andrew Mkwaila, Dean of Tanzania Extension

Dr. John Elliott, Program Administrator for Nigeria and Tanzania Extensions

Dr. Marvin Gilbert

Dr. Jim Lemons, Coordinator of Francophone Studies

Teaching Faculty

Chip Block, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Bob Braswell, PhD, Florida State University

Delta Cavner, EdD, Boise State University

John L. Easter, PhD, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Carl B. Gibbs, DMin, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary

Doug Green, DMin, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Jerry Ireland, PhD, Liberty University

Bill Kirsch, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Douglas Lowenberg, PhD, Regent University

Enson M. Lwesya, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Denzil R. Miller, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Andrew Mkwaila, DMiss, Fuller Theological Seminary

Boyd Powers, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Daniel Saglimbeni, PhD, Pan-Africa Theological Seminary

David Welle, DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Charles Wilson, EdD, Nova Southeastern University

Guest Lecturers

James T. Bradford, PhD, University of Minnesota

Alan R. Johnson, PhD, University of Wales

Craig S. Keener, PhD, Duke University

Byron D. Klaus, DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary

Research Faculty

Mary L. Ballenger, DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Jonathan Bersot, PhD, University of Montreal

Larry Bogle, EdD, University of North Texas

Janet Deck, EdD, Walden University

John M. Elliott, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Charles Estridge, PhD, Baylor University; DMin, Reformed Theological Seminary

Terance D. Espinoza, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Allison Fountain, PhD, University of Auckland

Marvin Gilbert, EdD, Texas Tech University

Béchié [Désiré]  GNANCHOU, PhD, Pan-Africa Theological Seminary

Larry Goodrich, EdD, University of Minnesota

Douglas M. Graham, DMin, Azusa Pacific University

Judy Higgins, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Alan R. Johnson, PhD, University of Wales

Shaun Joynt, PhD, University of Pretoria

Byeong Jun, PhD, University of the Western Cape

Jimmie W. Lemons, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Paul W. Lewis, PhD, Baylor University

Jeanne M. Lowell, PhD, Biola University

James O. Lowell, PhD, Biola University

Robert Mapes, EdD, Texas A & M Commerce

Julie A. McElhany, EdD, Texas A&M University

Murriell  McCulley, EdD, Regent University

Terry Minter, PhD, Regent University

Warren Newberry, DTh, University of South Africa

John L. Ommani, DMiss, Fuller Theological Seminary

Jean-Baptiste ROAMBA, PhD, Regent University

Bruce Rosdahl, PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary

Robert Shipley, PhD, Pan-Africa Theological Seminary

Kim Snider, PhD, Biola University

Carl F. Verge, PhD, New York University

Charles P. Watt, DTh, University of South Africa

Howard L. Young, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Étienne P. ZONGO, DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary