I am Tharwat Maher Nagib, from Cairo, Egypt. I am 35 years old. I’m serving the Lord as a full-time minister since 2003. Basically I graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 2002, but I never worked as an engineer!! After a very special encounter with the Holy Spirit in the year 2000 in New Jersey, I became very sure that I will not be able to do anything else in this world, except serving the Lord Jesus Christ!
I studied theology in the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. I earned a Bachelor of Theology degree in 2007. Then, I earned a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies in 2010. Now, I live in Cairo with my lovely wife, Jackleen Adel. We enjoy serving the almighty God together; have the honor to see his almighty hand moving in our life and in our ministry.
In my ministry, I focus on two main aspects. The first is preaching the gospel and teaching the Bible among the different families of churches (denominations). My study in ETSC’s master program strongly enriched this aspect. It gave me some precious skills and tools to prepare my sermons and teaching materials with a deeper biblical understanding. Also, the Middle Eastern Christianity courses provided me with an academic view to the Coptic Orthodox history and tradition. This helps me to preach and teach among the Orthodox families with a deeper understanding to this authentic precious church.
The second aspect in my ministry is theological education and writing Christian books, booklets and articles. No doubt, my study in the ETSC’s master program had a great effect on this part of my ministry. It helped me to write my theological articles in a more precise and academic style. It also released me to be able to teach in different theological seminaries. I had the honor to help Pastor Hani Hanna in teaching the Systematic Theology course in ETSC’s bachelor program, fall 2011. Also, I'm teaching the "Patristic and Wesleyan Roots of the Charismatic Movements" course, which I prepared, among some Pentecostal seminaries and will teach the “Research Principles and Methods” course in ETSC’s bachelor program, starting of 2012’s fall semester.
While I am moving forward in the admission process to start my PhD’s studies in an American School of Divinity in fall 2013, I really carry a deep appreciation in my heart to my precious seminary, the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. Also, I want to loudly say “A BIG THANK YOU” to my professors in the master program; Dr. Mark Nygard (the director of the master program and my master thesis’ supervisor), Dr. Roger Rogahn (previous director of the ETSC’s master program), Dr. Walter Taylor (professor of Early Christianity Piety), Dr. Jan Opsal (professor of Islam) and Dr. Willem J. de Wit (professor of Research Principles and Methods). “My Dear Professors, thank you and be blessed!”
I pray that we know HIM, more and more; His ways and thoughts, enjoying His great presence in every day. Let the weak say “I’m strong in the strength of the Lord”.