Construction of Women’s Training Centre
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso
Status: Under Construction
Project Managers: Dr. Ruth Oyeniyi and Kevin Reece
The construction of the Women’s Training Centre at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary began several years ago under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Oyeniyi, who is a professor at the seminary and its Director of Women’s Services. The facility is being built in stages as funds are raised.
Although women’s ministry at the seminary was begun 80 years ago, it has always been temporarily housed in various buildings around the campus. The new Women’s Training Centre building will be the first facility specifically designed and built as a permanent place for training and other women’s ministries.
It will be a multi-purpose facility that will provide a wide range of services for the wives of pastors and seminary students. The women will be equipped for leadership roles that no man could fulfill. They will be trained to be well-prepared partners with their pastor husbands in leading churches, and to be women of standing in the communities where they will go to serve. About 90% of Nigerians live on less than $2 a day, so they’ll be going to places where big challenges will be waiting for them. This steady line of Christian women leaders will go to serve throughout Nigeria, and in some cases other parts of Africa.
NFW has partnered with the seminary and Dr. Oyeniyi since 2016 in the phased construction of this vital building. Our financial support has helped bring the structure from digging the foundation to a roofed building. Windows and electrical wiring are in; doors, plastering and furnishings await completion. Your continued contributions will help complete this important facility, which will prepare these dedicated women for lifetimes of service.
“The Womens Training Centre celebrated eighty years on January 1, 2019, and the alumni are planning to celebrate this anniversary at the dedication of the new building in September during the Ministers Conference. I’m seeing this vision come true with your help. Thank you so much!”
—Dr. Ruth Oyeniyi
Director of Womens Services
Classes will be provided on general theology to help them better understand what their husbands are learning. There will be spiritual and emotional guidance and support to those who are far away from their homes and extended families. Those who need it will have the opportunity to take classes to improve their English, as well as an opportunity to join a choir that will perform at various seminary functions and at churches in the neighboring towns. There will be classes on personal hygiene, pre-natal and post-natal care, and families’ nutritional needs. Many of the women and their husbands have left home towns and previous jobs and no longer have an income, so they struggle to pay the seminary fees and even to provide food for their families; the women will receive training in a variety of micro businesses such as sewing, making jewelry, farming and other ventures so they can earn an income.