AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE APOSTOLIC
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY BODO CITY
The Apostolic Church administration in the Rivers State prior to the establishment of the Field Bible College did avail herself of the services of training her staff in other denominational institutions especially .between (1960 and 1970), there was no immediate plan to establish her own theological institution. But with every passing year especially between 1970 and 1977, it was discovered that the number that demanded such training, which could not be received locally backed by the demand for sponsorship was growing at an alarming rate.
It was this situation that informed the need for the establishment of such an institution under the superintendence of Pastor G,P. Selby, A British Missionary, towards the close of his over forty years service in Easter Nigeria.
The College started on the 23rd day of September, 1978 with an initial intake of about twenty-three students to study for a three year programme leading to the award of the Diploma in theology with Pastor B.A. Zorasi as the pioneer principal. He successfully worked up the institution from its embryonic inception in 1978 to the status of awarding the Diploma to the pioneer students in 1981.
Pastor J.B, Leema succeeded Pastor B.A. Zorasi when the latter left for further training 1982. He successfully continued his predecessor’s task and handed over to Pastor Zorasi again in 1987 when he returned from further training, Pastor E.G. Kogbara was appointed acting Principal between1992 and 1993.
In the year 1994, the course offered in the college was enlarged and enriched with the introduction of the Bachelor of Theology Degree Programme for the duration of four years and the certificate in Theology course for the duration of two years.
The introduction of the degree programme led to the introduction of some vital administrative offices in the institution in 1994. Hence, Pastor S.B. Baadom was’ appointed Deputy Provost while Bro. G.A. Obe was appointed the Registrar. The degree programme was introduced under agreement of an affiliation with the Evangel Christian University of America (ECUA), Louisiana, and USA, which accepted the affiliation overtures in principle with the awarding of an honorary doctorate degree in Divinity (D.D.) to the Rivers Field Superintendent who is also the visitor to the college in person of Pastor B. Faara-Vigo in July 1993. But as at the time of compilation, the final stages of the modalities for affiliation were receiving finishing touches by both institutions.
The first batch of 23 students graduated with Diploma in Theology in 1981. So far, about 1053 students from this institution and other denominations have passed through the college successfully to serve in various religious and secular capacities in the country to the glory of God.
In 2001, the school was affiliated to the Ahmadu Bellow University (ABU) Zaria having been approved by the Rivers State Ministry of Education in the same year. The late Field General Secretary, Pastor B. A. Zorasi deserves due regard and appreciation for his part in initiating this affiliation and ensuring that the logistic support was made available for its various stages of execution.
The College is a member of many accredited religious organizations among which are: Accredited Council for Theological Education (ACTEA) in African and the West African Association of Theological institutions (WAATI).