Ownership, Governance and Leadership

EGST is an interdenominational, international and autonomous educational institution established by three owners:

          Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY)                  40% share

          Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC)                                       40% share

          Evangelical Churches’ Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE)                   20% share

It is governed by a constitution and overseen by the Council of Owners and by the Board, to whom the administration of the school is fully accountable.

The operational management of EGST is organized into four departments and two councils.
The departments include Academic Affairs (also referred as Dean of Studies), Students’ Affairs (Dean of Students), Development and Communications as well as Finance and Administration. The heads of the four departments and the Chaplin Office report directly to the Director.
The Administrative Council is composed of the heads of the departments and chaired by the Director while the EGST Faculty Council comprises all faculty members and is led by the Director but the chairmanship is usually delegated to the Dean of Studies.

Brief Profile of EGST Owners:

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY)

At the turn of the 19th century, Ethiopian Christians began to proclaim the gospel with the help of Lutheran and Presbyterian Missions in Ethiopia. From these joint efforts the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) was instituted as a national church on January 21, 1959.

  In the 1970s the EECMY developed the theme, “Serving the Whole Person,” later on referred to as “holistic ministry.” This has throughout the years been a guiding principle for all Church work, be it evangelism or development. The concern is not only for the spiritual need of a person, but also for the physical and human needs.

 At the end of 2015, the EECMY had 8,324 established congregations and 3,656 preaching places in 25 Synods and 2 work areas

In 2015 the EECMY had 7.8 million members. This growth has made the EECMY the largest Lutheran Church in the world.

Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC)

The Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) is one of the prominent and fruitful evangelical denominations in Ethiopia. The pioneers in the Church were native Ethiopians and SIM missionaries who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the great commission.

 Since its establishment in December 1927, the Church has focused on holistic ministry in fulfilling its mission. EKHC has made a significant contribution in building evangelical Christianity and in addressing the development needs in Ethiopia. The Church has survived seasons of severe suffering and persecutions. God has blessed the Church abundantly to reach unreached people groups and to focus in discipleship programs.

According to data collected in 2016, the EKHC comprises more than 8 million members in nearly nine thousand local churches across the nation. The church runs 9 colleges, 140 Bible schools and sends 1,326 local and global missionaries. EKHC is home for people from multi-ethnic background, different age groups, diverse socio-economic background and people in rural and urban settings. EKHC is running various spiritual ministries and development interventions reaching out to 9 million beneficiaries in its development and relief activities. With God’s help, EKHC has performed so well but we believe the best performance is yet to come in expanding God’s kingdom on earth.

Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE)

Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia goes back to the early I970s. Some evangelicals through inter-church prayer meetings attempted to bring all churches together in 1970. The most significant event considered by many church leaders as the cornerstone for the initiation of the fellowship was evangelical churches’ union conference in 1977, while many agreed that this event laid the foundation towards the Fellowship, the gathering of evangelical constituency during the Prayer at Lideta Mekaneyesus has been the most substantial factor. Another historical event that contributed to the foundation of the fellowship is the 1976 evangelical churches conference held in Adama (Nazareth) in the month of June. In the same year, the Fellowship was established with 9 evangelical churches as founding members and the first constitution was drafted.

ECFE is an umbrella organization with the purpose of increasing coordination of member church activities for the promotion of fellowship and cooperation in Ethiopia. ECFE’s membership has now increased to 56 denominations which constitute 98% of the total evangelical churches. In addition, 101 Para-church organizations within Ethiopia and a number of Ethiopian evangelical churches in the Diaspora are represented as associate members.