EGST has a growing Alumni Association, which is supported by EGST and works closely with the Head of Student Affairs. Membership of the Alumni Association is automatic on graduation, and all Alumni receive the EGST Newsletter as well as invitations to key events, seminars and lectures at EGST. All Alumni are encouraged to stay in touch with EGST and one another in order to encourage, share burdens, and practice our different ministries for the advancement of God’s kingdom and the common good.
Due to the geographic dispersion of EGST Alumni within Ethiopia and beyond, the primary means of contact is by e-mail. On graduation, students will be asked to complete a contact and vocational details form, which will be stored on EGST’s database for purposes of administration and communication. It is the responsibility of Alumni to advise EGST of any change in these details.
The Alumni Association will have its own committee that works for the advancement of alumni and serves as a liaison between EGST and the alumni.
Should you have any inquiries, and as Alumni in order to update your addresses and learn more about the association and events it organises, please contact the current Alumni Chairperson, Ato Natnael Assefa: Alumni@egst.edu.et
“My stay at EGST was not all just academic, books and research though. It was also about shared meals, so much laughter, finding shoulders to cry on and being there for others too. It was not just about library time but also about prayer meetings and coffee breaks.”- Sara Abdella, EGST Alumnus
Sara Abdella is a Graduate of 2018 with the highest institutional award of the Academic Year. She currently works at a mission project within SIM Ethiopia.
EGST Public Relations and Communications decided to make her the alumnus of this month believing that her story will inspire others in the pursuit of academic excellence and professional development.
She narrates her own story as follows.
My name is Sara Abdella Kedir: married, mother of a lovely little girl, and a project manager for KIBIR Consultants, a mission project within SIM Ethiopia. And yes, I am an EGST Alumnus too! Having completed my postgraduate studies at EGST, I joined the University of St Andrews in Scotland. There I completed a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Analytic and Exegetical Theology. After returning back home in August 2019, I have published two chapters and taught a Christian Ethics course at EGST, spoken at conferences and seminars, and in January 2021, I joined KIBIR Consultants as a project manager.
EGST has been a crucial place of formation for me as a theologian, religious practitioner and as a human being in general. I have completed a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Biblical and Theological Studies, and Masters of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS) at EGST, which means that I was at there for three years just as a student. Those three years were quite formative for my thinking as they were years when my beliefs were continually interrogated. These interrogations have in turn refined my faith, giving a sharp biblical edge to my reverence for God and my understanding of the value of human life and God’s good creation. It has also given me tools and categories to look at culture, religion and society critically. I cherished the class discussions, academic seminars and conferences. I so loved sitting in the library, roaming around the great collection of books and conversations about the books at coffee breaks!
My stay at EGST was not all just academic, books and research though. It was also about shared meals, so much laughter, finding shoulders to cry on and being there for others too. It was not just about library time but also about prayer meetings and coffee breaks. There, I have met friends for life and my life partner. In the faculty, I have met some who became my mentors and coaches, giants whose shoulders I stand on. These people have been committed to my growth and flourishing.
Well, you can tell that being at EGST was quite eventful for me! Your story will be very different from mine but I believe that you can enjoy EGST as well as I did. If you would like to exercise
disciplined thinking about the Christian faith and its many implications for public and personal life, EGST is a good place to be at!
“EGST is an academic institution where you pray, socialize, and groan to learn and research. For me, EGST has been a place where I gained some of my lifetime friends. And it is also a place where I shaped my vision and future career.” Sisay Mammo, EGST Alumnus
Sisay Mammo is a graduate of 2020. He is currently working at Tear Fund, a Christian Relief and Development Charity Organization.
EGST Public Relations and Communications decided to make him an alumnus of the month believing that his story will inspire others in the pursuit of academic excellence and professional development.
Sisay narrates his own story as follows.
I am Sisay Mammo. I believe that I am born and designed blind (without the power to physically see). I am the first totally blind student here at EGST.
I did my undergraduate study in history. And much of my career is related to teaching history and civic and ethical education to high school students.
My journey at EGST began with a very high ambition of enhancing my leadership skills and theological understanding on the one hand, and with unanticipated (if not unforeseen) various challenges on the other side. As a student with visual impairment, to whom both EGST’s and the general Ethiopian academic environment is inaccessible, I would not say that my journey at EGST was rosy. It took me eight years to accomplish my graduate study, focusing on the program of MALM (Master of Arts in Leadership and Management). But EGST did not live my determination and resilience to make my academic journey through inaccessible environment unrecognized. Finally, it awarded me a trophy of achievement in resilience.
I would say that three things have helped me to develop resilience and determine that I should finish my journey, however, it was tough; namely;
The can-do mentality of EGST’s leadership and faculty irrespective of the problem of resource constraint, unreserved love and support of the whole EGST community, and the very uplifting and gracious approach of my professors and classmates. My long journey at EGST capacitated me mainly to:
Think critically and innovatively, be evidence based and avoid judgments out of a bloom, develop my own theology of disability and inclusion, trust on God’s provision for doing an academic journey however bumpy that the road could be.
EGST is an academic institution where you pray, socialize, and groan to learn and research. For me, EGST has been a place where I gained some of my lifetime friends. And it is also a place where I shaped my vision and future career.
Therefore, I recommend that people should not come to EGST simply to get a paper that qualifies them to have a master’s degree. Rather people should come to EGST to learn how to teach themselves. For those who aspire to do research, EGST is an ideal place. EGST is also place where you would learn how to enjoy suffering through socialization and resilience.
Hawi Tarekegn is a graduate of 2015. She is currently working at Supreme Court of Oromia as a Director of Gender and Child Justice Directorate, a directorate responsible for mainstreaming gender and children in courts and to assist and strengthen family and child friendly benches in the region. Her research work entitled “Challenges of the Strength of Evidences Presented to Ethiopian Courts in Rape Cases among Children below 14 Years Old: The Case of West Shoa High Court” focuses on the combination of gender, child and legal issues with a great commitment. It was published on the Journal of Sociology and Criminology. She presents her research work in international conferences and national symposiums as an expert on the field of gender justice and related issues.
EGST Public Relations and Communications decided to make Hawi Tarekegn as an alumnus of the month believing that her story will inspire others in the pursuit of academic excellence and professional development.
Hawi, a mother of three narrates her own story:
I first heard about the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) from my family members who were attending postgraduate program at EGST. I applied for Master of Arts degree in Developmental Studies with Concentration on Gender, Health & Theology and got the chance to study. When I joined EGST in 2013, I was working as a Public Prosecutor at Ambo, West Shoa High Court, 115 km from Addis Ababa. EGST offered me a full scholarship (tuition fee and living expenses) which was a special opportunity for me to continue my study. Without the scholarship, it was impossible for me to attend the graduate program. At the time, I had a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and Development Management (BA).
The greater workload expected to accomplish the program during the study period was a challenge that made me confident and hard worker. After the graduation, I presented my research work on the 20th international annual conference dubbed as the Congress of the Nordic Federation of Midwives (NJF Congress) organized by The Swedish Association of Midwives, at Gothenburg, Sweden. This was held from May 12-14, 2016 with the support of Church of Sweden.
The experience I developed during my study period at EGST equipped me to achieve my ambitions and make the most of my experiences, develop skills and manage my future career. Though I worked as Legal Officer at Oromia Justice Reform Program with my pervious qualification, I later joined Oromia Attorney General as Public Prosecutor at Gender, Children & Youth Mainstreaming Directorate, which is relevant to my study at EGST. I conducted some assessments such as good practice on prevention of violence against women and children, and gender audit in addition to the routine services delivered by the department.
In this month, we are featuring Dr. Samson Tadelle as an alumnus of the month. Dr Samson has graduated in 2017 in Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and a practicing physician.
His research project on the theme entitled: ’The Clinic Born Again: Towards a Sacramental Approach to Medical Practice’ is an interesting piece to read and reflect. While sharing his student experience at EGST, he remarked that the learning experience at EGST was like a “hermeneutic encounter” offering ‘the critical insight to understand and approach texts and concepts….”
Samson Tadelle (MD)
This is my testimony concerning the education that I acquired during my stay at EGST.
My background is from medicine. I’m a practicing physician. I had an earnest desire to study theology. I had a lot of theological questions that bothered me while I was a medical student. My perplexities continued unabated after I graduated. The medical science was presented to me as if it has all the answers to the ailments of humanity. This could not reconcile with the existential experience and with the complex nature of humanity presented in the Scriptures. So, this prompted me to explore more by reading many books on theology, albeit they did not address my soul-searching questions adequately.
On the other hand, I had a restless craving to know God who had intervened in my life in miraculous manners to save me from many death encounters in my childhood. Thus, in God’s time I had the opportunity to study at the “feet” of EGST. This learning experience was like a “hermeneutic encounter” with Philip as he met the Ethiopian eunuch, who was reading a text without understanding (Acts 8:27-39). EGST’s teaching process is enlightening for me. It offered me the critical insight to understand and approach texts and concepts (Scriptural and philosophical) which were vague to me. It increased my appetite for more learning, because, as my theological education cleared some of my clouds of confusion, it created follow-up questions on the horizon. It equipped me with a robust hermeneutical lens to analyse theological concepts. In this manner it gave me the opportunity to reflect on my clinical practice, thereby profoundly enriching my practice by offering me new perspectives. Similarly, it enabled me to contribute my share in the ministry of the word in my local church.
I strongly recommend this school for anyone who wants to benefit from a sound education in theology and related fields.
On a final note, currently we are witnessing an unprecedented havoc on a global level by the pandemic. It has continued to decimate the lives and livelihoods of many. The craftiness of the transmission mechanism has rendered us powerless to its fatal grip. In this dark hour of our planet, we can present the hope of life against the gloomy ambience of death by demonstrating acts of grace to others. A flicker of light is enough to dispel the hegemony of darkness. After deliberating extensively about the significance of the resurrection, Paul closes by emboldening the Corinthians in this manner: “…stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain”(1 Cor.15:58). We have to do works that defy the strength of death. As Christ has conquered death, all our “labors in the Lord” are significances of the power of the life of resurrection.
So, keep yourself safe, keep others safe and continue to present the light of the resurrection life to others.
Blessings in Christ!
Samson Tadelle (MD)
Abel Nigussie, a 2012 Graduate of EGST is a full-time minister at Nifas Silk Mulu Wongel Church where he actively serves for ten years. He holds training and teaching seminars for the church and speaks in various congregations as well. He is also engaged in equipping the youth with sound Biblical teaching and Christian discipline.
Abel graduated from EGST in Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and we asked him about his stay at EGST and his alumni activities:
In a physical and natural world, continuous nourishment is essential for a healthy and strong life style. There is no such thing as fate: eat or die! The same is true in a spiritual journey. Any born again Christian needs to be regularly nourished that his existence in life be guaranteed. As the scripture says ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth’ (Matthew 4:4).
When I recall my stay at EGST, what comes into my mind is just nourishment with the courses which I took, just it is like feasting with spiritual food. Truly, EGST has trained both my hands and heart. It gave me a tool to build and enlarge God’s kingdom. Besides, it enlightened my eyes to fix on Jesus. For a number of years, I have been involving in nurturing saints. I had a chance to serve in a church in leadership arena, to empower youth and teens. God gave me a chance to rich and enrich many through a media. All these acts of ministry were inflamed by EGST. My stay there was not in vain. Since then it has been my motto “The quality of time we spent in preparation determines our success in ministry”. Nourish well and serve well.
One of the major reasons why I recommend others to join EGST is because the school helps students to be self-nurtured first and then nurture others. It helps ministers to purify their motives for ministry, see their inward content and then be committed to serve the community at large.
“Truly, EGST has trained both my hands and heart.”– Abel Nigussie
“The quality of time we spent in preparation determines our success in ministry.”– Abel Nigussie
Alumni of 2020
Yenigat Abera Abate, a 2016 Graduate of the Gender Health and Theology concentration was recognized as the Best Alumni for her consistent support of the Community Action Project. She played a major role in contacting EGST with the Lideta Juvenile Rehabilitation Center through her practicum and she continued to volunteer to the Community Action work. The Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in its Gender, Health and Theology symposium held from Nov 28-29, recognized her effort by awarding a certificate of recognition from the hand of the former director Dr. Desta Heliso.
This month, she has been nominated as Alumni of the month. She narrates her story as follows.
When I think of myself joining EGST, God’s timing, plan and His graciousness come to my mind.
After I graduated in Law from Hawassa University, I had a desire to study in a school that embraces a holistic approach. But I have no idea where and how to start. And then, I heard about the admissions of EGST when I was in the southern Ethiopia for a volunteer work. I received two unexpected calls from persons I never received a phone call before. The first call is from my brother’s friend (Josh, he is a graduate of EGST) and the second call from my friend’s friend (Lidia). Then I got registered and admitted to my dream school EGST.
While I studying at EGST, I was a full-time worker at “organization for Social development” in a project that implements CSR (Corporate Social responsibility) in Benshangul Gumuz region. I am indebted to Ruth Solomon, my supervisor who was so cooperative that I can study at EGST. I cannot thank her enough.
The academic quality, the very diligent, approachable and passionate instructors , the triad group(Three students mentoring one another )my friends who are like family are among the various values that made me enjoy every minute of my stay at EGST, even during the hard times.
Currently, I am working for “Facing Africa” and my training from EGST impacts everything that I do for the glory of God. I also volunteer at Lideta Juvenile rehabilitation center. Looking back to my journey in EGST, I am grateful for everything that God has given me, the opportunity of learning and meeting great people. I am also thankful for the volunteer work granted through EGST’s Community Action project which satisfies my childhood desire.
Therefore, I highly suggest EGST for its great academic place to anyone who wants to explore more of their potential and become change agents on their respective intended arenas of lives.
“I highly suggest EGST for its great academic place to anyone who wants to explore more of their potential and become change agents on their respective intended arenas of lives. “- Yenigat Abera Abate, EGST Alumni of the month
Alumni of the Month
“I believe God will challenge Christians attending at EGST to grow in knowledge, in Christian maturity and spirituality fitting for service as good soldiers of Jesus Christ”- Yared Donis, EGST Alumni of the month
In this menu, we feature the activities and achievements of EGST alumni. We hope this enhances networking among alumni members and strengthen the spirit of fellowship. Comments and contributions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Yared Donis and I am a lawyer. Before, I joined EGST, I used to work for a Pan-African child rights advocacy organization called the African Child Policy Forum. While I was working there, the idea of pursuing a Post-Graduate degree suddenly became a necessity to complement my legal knowledge, which mostly focused on analysis of legal rules and principles, with practical social science field that deals with issues of poverty and community life.
How I Joined EGST
As a Christian professional, I have always been fascinated by Christ’s treatment of and promises to the poor (Luke 4:16-20 and Isa. 61:1-2). Therefore, I was looking for a course on poverty and development, and it was just before I decided to join Addis Ababa University’s MA program that I heard about the Development Studies courses offered at EGST. Thus, I did further research and found out that EGST is delivering an intensive and quality courses both in the Development Studies and Theology programmes. The fact that its combined Theology courses with the mainstream community development courses became very appealing.
Finally, despite its reputation, I did not really know about EGST so I took time to pray about it and realized that God was leading me to study there.
My Experience at EGST
Through the two years of my studies at EGST, I witnessed that it was indeed God that led me there. I experienced God’s faithfulness, guidance and provision every single semester. I can say God did three things in my life during my stay at the school. First, through the theology courses and interactions with friends and professors, God encouraged me to articulate my faith. It was a season where I felt really closer to God. He helped me to see and taste that there is more depth to Christian spirituality than what I had experienced in my Pentecostal background. God also helped me to experience his presence in the pursuit of biblical knowledge in an academic setting. I am thankful to God, my professors and friends for that.
Second, God gave me genuine Christian fellowship and friends. Learning at EGST was an opportunity to have a glimpse of what true Christian community and friendship looked like. Even after graduation, I kept contact with few of my classmates. These friends made the rigorous academic journey more enjoyable.
Thirdly, the MA in Development Studies, which I concentrated on Community Development and Theology was an asset that God helped me complete with great distinction. Through this qualification, God opened opportunities for me to return to my previous work and contribute in child-rights advocacy. Moreover, through the recommendation of Professor Aklilu Dalelo, I got the opportunity to teach undergraduate community development courses at the Evangelical Theological College (ETC). I am grateful for all these, because I have always wanted to contribute my knowledge and skill to God’s people.
I am currently working for an organization called Hope for Justice. I am also teaching community development courses at ETC on part-time basis. Moreover, as part of EGST’s alumni community, I have the privilege to use EGST library resources from time to time. The hospitality of the staff and faculty is something I am always grateful for.
Advice for Potential Applicants
I strongly encourage any qualified Christian who wants to sharpen her or his calling in ministering to the church and local communities to apply to EGST. I also strongly encourage potential applicants to pray about it and seek God’s guidance as they prepare to join the school. I believe, once that is done, through the intensive courses and demanding academic exercises, God will challenge Christians attending at EGST to grow in knowledge, in Christian maturity and spirituality fitting for service as good soldiers of Jesus Christ who will be able to equip others (2 Tim 2:1-7).
Full name: Yared Donis Alemu
Church affiliation: currently attending Amanuel Hibret Church at Mexico
Educational background: LL.B. at Addis Ababa University; MA in Development Studies at EGST; and LL.M in Business Law student at Addis Ababa University
Program completed at EGST: MA in Development Studies: Community Development and Theology
Year of graduation: July 2017
Current engagements: Legal Officer for an INGO called Hope for Justice (formerly called Retrak). Hope for Justice works to combat and bring an end to modern slavery. Part-time lecturer in Community Development at ETC.
Engagement with EGST: use of EGST library resources and space it allows for its alumni. I would love to return and do an MABTS in Systematic/ Public Theology.