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Langham identifies men and women who are academically able and recommended by their churches as committed to godly and evangelical faith and life, and equips them for a lifetime of ministry through a Ph.D in biblical and theological studies. These scholars then return to their home countries to teach and train future pastors and Christian leaders in seminaries. Many of them also exercise significant influence through their writing and wide leadership in the global church.
SEC’s engagement with Langham Scholars has taken the form of supporting a scholar, Oleksandr Geychenko, as he studied for his PhD at St Andrew’s University. Oleksandr has been on secondment from his staff post at Odessa Theological Seminary in the Ukraine. Our engagement with Oleksandr via Langham Scholars provides financial support for his studies and gives us the opportunity to get to know both Oleksandr and his family in Ukraine. Gifts from the membership of SEC allowed Oleksandr and his family to visit Strathaven in 2016, further cementing the bonds of friendship and prayer. Oleksandr finished his time at St Andrew's University in June 2017, and is now finalising his PhD thesis back in Odessa. He hopes to submit this in the coming months. Please pray for him and his family throughout this critical phase.
Dr Ian Shaw, a member at SEC and formerly a Director of Langham Scholars, has now taken up the role of academic Provost at Union School of Theology, South Wales.