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7/23/2014
At the beginning of August, a new set of students will converge on Virginia Theological Seminary to start their Seminary studies. Many will be coming from far-flung dioceses across the United States. There is a group of five students for whom starting studies at VTS will involve an international flight and a significant new start in a new land. These are our international students. We are pleased to be welcoming five new international students this year and Academic Affairs & Student Life together with the Center for Anglican Communion Studies , with the help of almost every staff department and faculty hospitality, are working hard to ensure everything is in place and ready for these five to begin studying in the United States.
 
Mr. Wadie Far
Wadie is an Electrical Engineer by training and profession. He is seeking ordination after many years of lay volunteer service, particularly in the area of youth ministry. His congregation, the Church of the Redeemer, Amman, Jordan is located in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Wadie will be joining the MDiv program here at VTS.
Ms. Rose Mpango
Rose is no stranger to the USA, having completed a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration at Nyack College in New York. She will be attending the MDiv program and is seeking ordination through the Diocese of Kibondo, Tanzania. She will be the first woman ordained in her diocese. Her father is a VTS alum and was a valuable participant in our recent Christian-Muslim conference in Tanzania.
Rev. Peter Mkengi
Peter studied for both his BA and MA in Theology at St. John’s University of Tanzania. He served extensively in the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro in many roles in Kiteto parish, exploring cultural themes relating to that particular context in both degree courses. At our recent conference in Dodoma, Peter eagerly and ably helped us with consecutive interpretation into and out of Swahili. Peter will be studying for an MA here at VTS.
Rev. Ernest Ndahani
Ernest, from the Diocese of the Rift Valley, has been working as a pastor and tutor at St. Philip’s Theological College, Kongwa, Tanzania since 2012. He has previously been Principal of a Secondary school and Bible College, General Secretary of the Diocese of the Rift Valley. He is a graduate of St. John’s University of Tanzania and also studied for a Postgraduate Diploma at St. John’s College, Durham, UK. Ernest is married with two children. He will be joining the MDiv program at VTS.
Mr. Hakan Gülerce
Hakan has been working at The Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture in a Coordinator role for several years and prior to that was a publishing consultant for Istanbul University, from where he also attained his MA. Hakan played a key role in the Nursi Studies Roundtable at the Deanery this past spring, as well as during the Istanbul study tour in June. Hakan is married with one child. Hakan will be studying at VTS for one year for a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology.
 
So, Ernest, Peter, Rose, Wadie, Hakan, Welcome!
Safe journeys, good preparations and we look forward to welcoming you in person very soon.