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IBTS Centre Amsterdam exists to help equip leaders and conduct research that can aid the Christian church in its mission and ministry in Europe and beyond through internationally focused, European based, baptistic theological education. IBTS Centre’s primary areas of research and education lie in Anabaptist/Baptist histories and theologies, Missiology, and Practical Theology – Identity, Mission and Practice.

IBTS Centre aspires to deliver high quality theological education and research from a baptistic perspective in an international context developing researchers, educators and leaders who can serve effectively in society. IBTS Centre is involved in a wide range of innovative research and does so as a collaborative partner within the Faculty of Religion and Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

IBTS Centre Vereniging is comprised of members of the European Baptist Federation.


IBTS Centre is a member of the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE


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Congratulations Dr Elie Haddad!

June 13th, 2021

IBTS is delighted to be able to congratulate Elie Haddad on the successful defence of his PhD thesis at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Elie is well known throughout the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and serves as the President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon. Elie's thesis was entitled 'Developing a Missional Ecclesiology for the Local Baptist Church in Lebanon' and provided an assessment of how the Lebanese crises of the last ten years, as well as theological education, have helped shape the Lebanese Baptist Church. Elie said, "My ultimate passion is to witness a Lebanese Baptist Church with an effective missional witness among its neighbors. Consequently, the purpose of this study is to offer a theological framework for the Lebanese Baptist Church to consider as it revisits its ecclesiology to match its evolving praxis."

ABTS holds a strategic place in the mission and work of the EBF family and under Elie's leadership has continued to grow in influence and capacity to further theological education across the Middle East. IBTS is proud to have Elie among its alumni and looks forward to continued fellowship and cooperation with Elie and ABTS in the years ahead.

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