Manila, Philippines: Incoming President of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) Dr. Bruce Oldham arrived in Manila Tuesday evening and will be staying on campus until next week.
According to Dr. Bruce (as he would like to be called), this is his very first visit to the campus, not to mention the Philippines! His 7-day stay is a way of “getting his feet wet” and have a feel of what’s in store when he assumes the APNTS Presidency post in November.
On Thursday, September 15, APNTS was privileged to have Dr. Bruce speak during the chapel service. He talked about God’s dream for His children, and how he wants us to live a life of power, love and purity. Quoting his life verse, Ephesians 3:20, Dr. Bruce left an inspiring message that God’s dream for us can be the legacy of our lives.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”- Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
World Mission Communications Asia-Pacific (WMC A-P) was also given a chance to interview him and ask how his stay has been so far. According to Dr. Bruce, he will spend his days meeting the faculty and several groups of people, speak in some church services and do “almost as much as I could cram into those 7 days!”
Dr. Bruce is very thankful for the opportunity to visit APNTS. He appreciates the beautiful scenery of the seminary and the friendliness of the people. When asked what his message is to the students, faculty and staff of APNTS, he had this to say:
“You’re doing a wonderful job. And the legacy that’s been part of the Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary has been over the years is tremendous. We see so many positive benefits of the investment of this school over time and that will continue. And if I can come alongside and partner with you so that excellence and our commitment will continue that will fulfill me most of all.”
Dr. Bruce will return to the school in November with his wife Peggy. We are truly thankful for this divine appointment, and we are looking forward to what God will allow him to do for APNTS. For the meantime, let’s continue to pray for him and his wife as they get ready for this new adventure in their lives.