Construction of Women’s Training Centre
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso
Status: In Operation
Project Managers: Dr. Ruth Oyeniyi and Kevin Reece
The new Women’s Training Centre building is the first comprehensive facility designed and built as a permanent place for training in women’s ministries. It is a place where women from different tribes and backgrounds find common ground and common dreams.
The Centre is a multi-faceted facility that equips women for leadership, providing a wide range of services for the wives of pastors and seminary students, helping them become well-equipped partners with their husbands in leading churches and being community leaders.
Classes include general theology, spiritual guidance, church music, and social skills. The WTC also teaches women how to start small businesses. (Churches in developing countries often can’t afford to pay their pastor a full salary, so wives will be able to add to their families’ incomes.) Other classes include health and hygiene, pre- and post-natal care, and nutrition.
The women will be prepared to become women of standing in the communities where they will go on to serve. About 90% of Nigerians struggle to live on less than $2 a day, so the WTC graduates will be going to live in places where big challenges are waiting. When women lead, they can be a powerful force against poverty, hunger, illness and other challenges. This steady line of Christian women leaders will go to serve throughout Nigeria, and in some cases to other parts of Africa.
In March 2021 NFW sent a gift to complete the building and to purchase chairs, tables, office and kitchen equipment, as well as sewing machines, audio-visual equipment for classroom instruction, and to put in pedestrian paths to the building. Dr. Ruth Oyeniyi, director of the Centre, expressed deep gratitude for the gift, which allowed the WTC to begin fully functioning as it was originally envisioned.
The construction of the Women’s Training Centre at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary began in 2016 under the leadership of Dr. Oyeniyi, a professor at the seminary and its Director of Women’s Services. The facility was built in stages as funds were raised. Women’s ministry training at the seminary actually began back in 1939, but was always underfunded and housed in limited rooms scattered around the campus.
NFW began partnering with the seminary and Dr. Oyeniyi in 2016 in the phased construction of this building, bringing it from digging the foundations to completion. Seminary officials invited NFW council members to the dedication of the new facility in August 2020, but this was not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However we were able to participate in the dedication ceremonies via Zoom.
The NFW council is excited over the fulfillment of this project because it is one of the most ambitious projects we have supported. It is also one of the most important, because of its potential impact on the lives of women throughout Nigeria, now and for generations to come. NFW is thankful for all the generous donations that have made this possible!