We exist to prepare, equip and train pastors and leaders of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and various churches in Egypt, the Arab world and Arab communities abroad, to be qualified to serve the church and society
* The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in creation, revelation, salvation, and final judgment.
* The divine inspiration of Scriptures, and therefore their trustworthiness and authority in everything concerning faith and works.
* Our worthiness as individuals and communities of God’s judgment because of our sins and our need of his salvation.
* The greatness of the value of every human being – despite their sin – on account of being created in the image of God and is the focus of his love and care.
* The life, resurrection, and death of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, as the only foundation of salvation from sin and its consequences.
* The justification of sinners by the grace of God, which is only achieved by faith in Jesus Christ and his vicarious work on the Cross.
* The ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in enlightenment, renewal, and sanctification of the people who respond to the grace of God and the work of his Spirit.
* The unity and priesthood of all believers who together constitute the one universal Church, the body whose head is Christ.
* God’s call to the Church to spend herself for God’s comprehensive mission, loving and serving all human beings, as well as witnessing to her Master’s words and deeds to all creation.
* The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the consummation of His kingdom by his final and absolute triumph over evil and sin, the resurrection of the dead and life in the age to come.
In achieving its mission, ETSC abides by following fundamental principles and values:
First: The ETSC community is to be Distinctively Christian:
1. It is to be governed by the Christian principles of love, faithfulness, self-control, and purity.
2. It accepts and respects the diversity of different cultures and races.
3. It applies equal treatment to men and women.
4. It welcomes the diversity of personal capabilities and skills.
5. It is a place where everyone – professors, students, administrators and workers alike – work together as one team.
Second: ETSC is to be Distinguished Academically
1. It fosters a spirit of understanding and appreciation for Christian heritage and Egyptian-Arab cultural.
2. It encourages academic research and critical and analytical thinking.
3. It promotes freedom of thought, research, creativity and expression.
4. It supports the mastery of various languages in addition to Arabic.
5. It accommodates modern sciences and studies and their relationship to life.
6. It develops the acquisition of ministry skills, such as preaching, communication, leadership and management, as well as proficiency with modern technology.
Third: ETSC is to Train Distinguished Graduates and Ministers
1. in the life of godliness and consecration.
2. in the life of care and ministry.
3. in the life of impartiality and integrity.
4. in leading with a servant-like spirit.
5. with a vision and passion to serve God and the community.
6. who is teachable and ambitious to learn and develop him/herself.
ETSC was founded in 1863 on the houseboat Ibis, which was used as a floating seminary for theological studies and practical training. This houseboat used to sail upriver from Aswan in the South to Cairo in the North, where students received lessons from their teachers in the morning and were then trained to do practical ministry in various villages in the evening.
The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC) was founded by early Presbyterian missionaries in 1863. At that time the seminary had a floating campus on board the houseboat Ibis, as the missionaries sailed up and down The Nile visiting cities and villages to evangelize and train leaders. Later, ETSC moved to the city of Asuit, then to Azbakiya with the turn of the twentieth century. In 1926, our current campus was established with the purchase of land in Al-Abbasiya in central Cairo, totaling 3600 square meters, and a two-story building was soon erected. This building now houses classrooms as well as staff and faculty offices.
Later, in the sixties, a six-story building was added to include the seminary library and residence for the faculty. And in the nineties, another 8-story building was constructed to include a dinning hall with a large kitchen, a 250-seat auditorium, and a student dormitory to house up to 80 students. Recently, a multipurpose sports-field was prepared on the remaining small area between the three buildings, officially marking the maximum possible utilization of the campus space the seminary had with its initial land purchase.
For many years now, we’ve prayed for an opportunity to expand our facilities, knowing full well that our options were quite limited due to the high density of our neighborhood in Cairo. However, our God is always faithful to supply all our needs according to his riches in glory.
In 2011, an unexpected opportunity presented itself as a new building was being erected adjacent to our property. We sensed that this was God’s answer to our prayers, and see it as the final possible option for ETSC to expand its facilities in this current location in the foreseeable future. God gave us grace in the eyes of the landlord, and we signed a contract allowing ETSC to purchase the entire first floor of the new building, with private access from campus. The new floor adds 1300 square meters to our campus an area larger than the total area of the original Administration/Academic building, and will undoubtedly enhance and add to our facilities.