We are delighted to announce that from January 2020 IBTS Centre will have three new part-time staff members joining the team – Laura Dijkhuizen, Ingeborg te Loo and Tom Arabis.
Laura Dijkhuizen joins the team as Coordinator of the IBTS Centre Research Community. Laura is Academic Dean of School of Divinity (part-time) for the Foundation Academy of Amsterdam. The Academy offers education for those who never had an opportunity to attend a college or a university, due to lack of resources such as finances, proper diplomas, or because they are refugees, migrants or stateless. Laura already works closely with the Facutly of Religion and Theology at the VU and is currently undertaking her PhD.
Ingeborg te Loo has been appointed as Coordinator of the new IBTS Centre Learning Network. Ingeborg joins IBTS Centre with substantial experience of the EBF, being the current chair of the EBF Mission Commission. In addition, Ingeborg brings to the Network her many years of experience of working in church development and pastoral ‘lifelong learning’ for the Dutch Baptist Union and Dutch Baptist Seminary.
Tom Arabis has been contracted for specialist academic services, in particular the development, management and maintenance of a virtual learning environment (VLE) for the IBTSC Learning Network. Tom has been a full-time missionary serving in theological education in Portugal since 1990. He has taught and served as Academic Dean in two institutions and in addition created an online educational platform – Teófilos.org. Tom brings his years of experience in theological education and IT services to the new Learning Network.