Profile of Jakarta Theological Seminary

1. Profile of Jakarta Theological Seminary (STT Jakarta)

Jakarta Theological Seminary (JTS) is the oldest university-level theological seminary in Indonesia, located at the center of the capital of the republic.

Jakarta Theological Seminary (JTS) was pioneered by Dr. Hendrik Kraemer and founded in 1934. Prof. Dr. Theodor Müller-Krüger became the first principal of the school. From the beginning, he had emphasized the need of developing a theologia in loco (local theology) in Indonesia, especially through this seminary.

Since its beginning, JTS had felt it necessary to take a key role in developing theological thought that will enable the church to respond to the continually changing situations it faces; while on the other hand to be able to develop theological thought that guides Indonesia’s journey, in accordance with the hopes of all people. Until today, we are continuing this tradition of developing theologia in loco (theology in context).

The school was supported by several churches in existence at that time, among others the Protestant Church in Indonesia (De Protestantse Kerk in Nederlands- Indié) and the Batak Protestant Christian Church (Huria Kristen Batak Protestan). Eventually the number of supporting churches increased to sixteen, plus the Communion of the Churches in Indonesia (CCI or PGI) representing all members besides the 14 churches supporting the seminary directly.

Lecturers and students came from many different denominations and thus the seedbed of the ecumenical movement in Indonesia was planted. Our students come from approximately 30 church synods. Our master’s and doctoral programs enjoy the trust of many theological schools for training and preparing their future lecturers or improving the quality of those who are already in service. Through its own graduate studies programs as well as through its participation in the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology (SEAGST), until 2012, JTS has produced around 200 masters and 50 doctors of theology.

 

2. Vision and Mission
Vision: To make JTS the best center for theological education in Indonesia, where theology is discussed and studied together not only in the classroom but also with people at the grassroots level, to enable members of both communities to live out their faith in context.

Mission: To serve the people both in the congregation and the society at large through its theological praxis.

 

3. Main Activities:

  1. Function as a theological education institution for Indonesian theologians.
  2. Training of lecturers from various other seminaries in Indonesia through its graduate and postgraduate program.
  3. Training leaders for the churches in Indonesia.
  4. Developing Faculty Development Plan for future lecturers.
  5. Developing library of theological education.
  6. Acting as research center [on the Life and Struggle of the People] and Social Ministry (Penelitian dan Pengabdian kepada Masyarakat).
  7. Teaching Field Education (to train the students to serve and to live among the people).
  8. Spiritual Formation Forming.
  9. Forming Center of the Archive and Documentation of Indonesian Church History.
  10. Developing research in the forms of Journal and Theological Books.

 

4. The Leadership Team 2015-2019
President Rev. Yusak Soleiman, Ph.D.

Dean of Academic Affairs Rev. Agustinus Setiawidi, MA, Th.D.
Dean of General and Financial Affairs Bambang Subandrijo, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Affairs Rev. Binsar Jonathan Pakpahan, Ph.D.
Dean of Public Relation Rev. Joas Adiprasetya, Th.D.

Head of Bachelor Program Rev. Simon Rachmadi, M.Hum., MA., (Ph.D. cand.)
Head of Magister Program Rev. Justitia Vox Dei Hattu, Th.D.
Head of Doctoral Progam Rev. Septemmy E. Lakawa, Th.D.
 

The full-time faculty members consists of 20 full time lecturers. Among them, three are still finishing their doctoral studies in the Netherlands and United States. This limited number of full-time staff is accompanied by approximately 25 part-time lecturers. In addition, there are 43 people on the support staff.

  1. Rev. Prof. Jan Sihar Aritonang, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy - Rijksuniversiteit, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Church History.
  2. Prof. Johanis Haba, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy - The University of Western Australia – Australia. Social Studies, Anthropology.
  3. Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Hakh Doctor of Theology – Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia. Biblical Studies, New Testament.
  4. Bambang Subandrijo, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Biblical Studies, New Testament.
  5. Rev. Joas Adiprasetya, Th.D.Doctor of Theology – Boston University, USA. Systematic Theology – Ethics .
  6. Rev. Robert P. Borrong, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Christian Ethics – Enviromental Theology.
  7. Rev. Yonky Karman, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy - Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium. Biblical Studies, Old Testament.
  8. Rev. Yusak Soleiman, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Church History – Ecumenism.
  9. Ester Pudjo Widiasih, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy – Drew University, USA. Liturgical Studies – Church Music.
  10. Rev. Septemmy E. Lakawa, Th.D. Doctor of Theology – Boston University, USA. Missiology – Contextual Theology – Feminist Theology.
  11. Rev. Agustinus Setiawidi, Th.D. Doctor of Theology – Protestant Theologische Universiteit, Kampen, The Netherlands. Biblical Studies, Old Testament.
  12. Rev. A. C. Wendy Tankersley K., STM. Sacred Theological Master - Christian Theological Seminary Indianapolis, USA. Practical Theology – Pastoral Theology.
  13. Rev. Lazarus Purwanto, Th.D. Doctor of Theology – Protestant Theologische Universiteit, Kampen, The Netherlands. Practical Theology – Church Law – Ecclesiology.
  14. Rev. Justitia V.D. Hattu, Ph.D. Master of Theology - Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea. Christian Education.
  15. Rev. Rebecca B. Young, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy - Fordham University, New York, USA. Systematic Theology – Feminist Theology – Disaster Theology.
  16. Rev. Simon Rachmadi, M.Hum., Ph.D. (Cand.) Master of Theology – Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Indonesia; Master of Art in Theology – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Systematic Theology – Spirituality.
  17. Rev. Drs. Stephen Suleeman, Th.M., MA. Master of Theology - Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, USA. Social Studies – Field Studies.
  18. Rev. Drs. Sylvana M. Ranti Apituley. Master of Theology, Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen, The Netherlands. Church History – Feminist Theology.
  19. Rev. Binsar J. Pakpahan, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Systematic Theology – Philosophy – Ethics.
  20. Rev. Radius Jonar, M.Th. Master of Theology – Jakarta Theological Seminary. Church History.
  21. Rev. Sally Neparassi, M.Th. Master of Theology – Jakarta Theological Seminary. New Testament

 

5. Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate program has been nationally re-accred­ited in 2010 by Higher Education NationalAccreditation Board with the predicate A (SK No.030/BAN-PT/AK-XIII/ S1/XII/2010), tertanggal 10 Desember 2010). The program has also been accredited by The Association of Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA).

The identity as the oldest and among the top theologi­cal seminaries in Indonesia demands that the JTS to play a role in developing a theology that can respond to the problems that the nation is facing. Since its beginning, JTS had felt that it is necessary to take a key role in developing theological thought that will enable the church to respond to the continually changing situations it faces; while on the other hand to be able to develop theological thought that guides Indonesia’s journey, in accordance with the hopes of all people. In the coming years JTS needs to develop a contemporary theology of Christian leadership for the church in Indonesia. The development of this leadership-oriented theology is urgent because of the demands of the political situation in Indonesia and the global situation, and also because in recent years there have been indications of the weakening of the idealism of church leadership in Indonesia.

 

6. Graduate Program

For more than six decades Jakarta Theological Seminary has served as a center of theological training for theologians and church leaders across the country.

Its graduate programs are deeply concerned about developing contemporary theologies that are constructive and contextual.
We are heading toward research-based graduate programs taking social, economic, cultural and political development, both on regional and national levels, as well as global scale, seriously into account.

Our Vision:
To be a leading theological seminary that helps Indonesian churches theologically reflect on and react to the ongoing social, economic, cultural and politic development through theological training for their leaders. Our Graduates Most of the so-called mainline churches, theological seminaries, NGOs, and numerous organizations across the country have benefited from excellent leadership of our graduates.

Our Ecumenical Heritage
Our students come from various parts of the country representing a number of church denominations and organizations. This has been our ecumenical heritage for decades.

Towards the Future
We keep on promoting constructive and contextual theologies - heading toward a research - based program, and inviting theologians, church leaders, researchers, and people from different religions to reflect on and react to Indonesian ongoing contexts in order to shape a better future. Master of Theology

Master of Theology Program
Jakarta Theological Seminary Graduate Studies Assists theologians and church leaders in obtaining reliable competence in theology in the contexts of Indonesia and Asia, as well as of global challenges; improves skills in doing researches pertinent to contextual theologies.

Doctor of Theology Program
Prepares theologians and church leaders to conduct independent researches pertinent to constructive and contextual theologies.

 

7. Contact us

JAKARTA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Jakarta
Jl. Proklamasi 27 Jakarta Pusat 10320, Indonesia
Tlp.: +62-21-3904237; Fax.: +62-21-3906096
Email: sttj@sttjakarta.ac.id (undergraduate program)
pasca@sttjakarta.ac.id (postgraduate program)