Archive for March, 2014

Director of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies appointed

Friday, March 28th, 2014

T PilliThe Board of Trustees of IBTS are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Toivo Pilli as the new part-time Director of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies.

Dr. Pilli comes from Estonia where he is currently pastor of Tartu Salem Baptist Church and an associate professor at Theological Seminary in Tartu. He had previously been Director of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies at IBTS, Prague from 2002-2006. Dr. Pilli has experiences of historical baptist theology in an East European context, is concerned for baptist identity, and has demonstrated a good understanding of academic and spiritual mentoring that recognises the contextual needs of his students.

He will take up the post in Amsterdam at the beginning of August 2014.

Dr Stuart Blythe, the newly appointed Rector of IBTS, says he is “thrilled” at this new appointment.


Dr John Weaver

Chair of IBTS Board of Trustees

IBTS Book Club: The Sparrow

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

In case you’ve missed it, IBTS now has a book club! The next book you’re all invited to read is Mary Doria Russel’s The Sparrow, followed by Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.

Building new partnerships, working hard to get the paperwork right

Monday, March 10th, 2014

As a result of the decision of the University of Wales to cease validating institutions and its present downsizing, at IBTS we have been working hard at building new partnerships to replace this defunct collaboration with a once-great federal University.

Parush, Lina, Lydie and Tim have worked incredibly hard to “give flesh” to the relationship with the VU University in Amsterdam for our doctoral programme and with the University of Manchester for the MA in Baptistic Histories and Theologies.

Last week I accompanied Lina to the Religions & Theology Academic Panel which is a meeting of academics from the Department of Religions & Theology and the theological college partners (Nazarene Theological College; Cliff College; Luther King House Educational Trust; Spurgeon’s College and IBTS). Lina presented various changes to our MA programme to allow for a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma. The Chair of the Academic Panel commended Lina on the high quality of the materials submitted and suggested it might serve as a model for others !

IBTS has been exceptionally blessed to have two outstanding Academic Deans in succession – Parush and Lina – as we have steered through the trials of changing our validation and academic credentials. The whole EBF family should be very thankful to them for their outstanding and sterling work !

– Keith