International Baptist Theological Study Centre Amsterdam

IBTS is a Baptist international research centre, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and is successor to the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. It provides education programmes within the European Baptist Federation region.

Former names
International Baptist Theological Seminary
AffiliationEuropean Baptist Federation


The Seminary was founded in 1949 in Ruschlikon, Switzerland.[1] It transferred to Prague, Czech Republic, in 1996.[2] Over the summer of 2014 IBTS was established in Amsterdam.

IBTS forms part of a community of organisations known as the Baptist House in Amsterdam. The other members of the community are the Baptist Union of the Netherlands, the Dutch Baptist Seminary and the office of the European Baptist Federation.

The IBTS houses a collection of books in the areas of Baptist identity, mission and practice.


Lecturing and supervision is in English and faculty are drawn from throughout Europe. The Centre offers a PHD programme for study and research in a collaborative partnership with the Faculty of Religion and Theology at the VU (Vrije Universiteit).

It is a founding member of the Consortium of European Baptist Theological schools.

Presidents/rectors/directors of seminaryEdit

  1. 1949—1950 George W. Sadler
  2. 1950—1960 Josef Nordenhaug
  3. 1960—1964 J. D. Hughey
  4. 1964—1970 John D. W. Watts
  5. 1972—1977 Penrose St. Amant
  6. 1978—1981 Isam E. Ballenger
  7. 1982—1983 Clyde E. Fant
  8. 1984—1987 Altus Newel
  9. 1988—1997 John David Hopper
  10. 1997—2013 Keith Grant Jones [3]
  11. 2013—2014 Parush R Parushev (Acting Rector during the transition period)
  12. 2014—2018 Rev. Dr Stuart Blythe (First Rector of IBTS Centre. Blyth was the first head of the institution to be an IBTS graduate alumnus, obtaining his BD degree magna cum laude at Rüschlikon in 1989.[4])
  13. 2018–Present Rev. Dr. Mike Pears

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, Scarecrow Press, USA, 2009, p. 202
  2. ^ Stephen R. Holmes, Baptist Theology, A&C Black, UK, 2012, p. 62
  3. ^ "News - European Baptist Federation (EBF)". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  4. ^ "News - European Baptist Federation (EBF)". Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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