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.
The women’s ministry at the seminary was begun 80 years ago, but 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 in 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 become well-equipped partners with their pastor husbands in leading churches, with classes that include general theology, spiritual guidance, and church music, among others. They will also be prepared to become women of standing in the communities where they will go to serve, thanks to an array of training that includes health and hygiene, pre- and post-natal care, nutrition, and how to start and run a micro business. 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 other parts of Africa.
NFW has partnered with the seminary and Dr. Oyeniyi since 2016 in the phased construction of this vital building. NFW’s financial support has helped bring the structure from digging the foundation to a roofed building with windows and electrical wiring. Doors, plastering and furnishings await completion. Your contributions will help complete this important facility.
“The Womens Training Centre celebrated eighty years in 2019, and the alumni are planning to celebrate this anniversary at the dedication of the building in September during the Ministers Conference. I’m seeing this vision come true with your help. Thank you so much!” —Dr. Ruth OyeniyiDirector of Women’s Services