Mark Dickson, Principal of George Whitefield College
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George Whitefield College is ably led by its Principal, Mark Dickson. It is set on the coast in a beautiful part of Africa, not far from Cape Town.
I had the opportunity to teach a two week intensive, Honours-level course there in fall 2022. While there, I found time to visit with the Principal.
Mark Dickson describes George Whitefield as an evangelical Anglican college with a bit of Reformed theology for good measure. Bottom line: they take the Bible seriously. Since its founding in 1989, it has served as a training ground for clergy members in one denomination. But it has become clear that their reach must increase to train pastors and teachers from various denominations who want to take the Gospel all across Africa.
There are 1.2 billion people living on the African continent. That is more than twice the population of North America (USA and Canada). In addition, there are more Christians in Africa than there are people in the United States. But few pastors and church leaders have any theological training.
The biggest challenge now is to “grow their own wood,” that is, raise up from among their student ranks faculty members to perpetuate the mission of the college.
George Whitefield College offers various degrees accredited in the South African context. They are also developing more and more online course work so they can reach further north into Africa.
The president has big designs on a library for a college. He would like to see a library suitable for the school to offer a PhD. This means developing their print collection but also their digital collection. One of the impressive features of the library is that it houses the books of Leon Morris, one of the best known and prolific New Testament scholars in the world.
If you’d like to know more about George Whitefield College, their website is https://www.gwc.ac.za
Two of their faculty members, Drs. Vuyani Sindo and Nathan Lovell, came to deliver a lecture in the Stone Chapel in November 2021. To hear that lecture click here.
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