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CTS is called by God to serve the Church by training men and women to be rooted in the Scriptures, filled with the Holy Spirit mature in Christian character, and competent in ministry, according to the highest academic standards and by producing quality Christian resources.

A unique feature of CTS is the emphasis on equipping the entire leadership of churches and organizations. Whether individuals serve Christ in the ministry, mission field, or the marketplace, CTS empowers them to be effective for Jesus.

Colombo Theological Celebrates 25 Years of Fruitful Service
Rooted for Life

It all began 25 years ago. When God planted a seed in the hearts and minds of a group of Christian men and women. They dreamed of a seminary in the heart of Colombo that provided Bible Education in English, Sinhala and Tamil. One open to all God’s people, of all backgrounds and denominations, regardless of situation in life.

Colombo Theological Celebrates 25 Years of Fruitful Service

Meet Our Faculty

PgDipM (CIM), BSc, MA General Secretary of FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian University Students). Graduate of CTS (MA) and the University of Colombo. Initiator of the Faith&Work initiative and is a member of the Church of St Francis of Assisi, Mount Lavinia.

Yohan Abeynaike

PhD Born in the Netherlands, he immigrated to the US for further education to serve the Lord. His studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem confirmed his interest to specialise in the Hebrew Old Testament. He has taught at Geneva College and Reformed Theological Seminary, and at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA). His areas of expertise include Old Testament theology, poetical and prophetical books, and the books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Isaiah. Former Director of the PhD (Theological Studies) at TEDS.

Willem VanGemeren

Vanaja Rajkumar, BTh Vanaja graduated with a BTh from CTS in 2005. She is currently coordinating the CTS programme and study centre in North Colombo. She previously served in the CTS Library, first as Library Assistant and then as Assistant Librarian for over five years. Subsequently, she worked at Back to the Bible in its Tamil language ministry. Vanaja is a much-sought after preacher, and speaker/ teacher in the areas of holistic child development, children's ministry, and as a trainer of Sunday School teachers. She also serves on the Sunday School syllabus revision committee of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka. She is a member of St Thomas’ Church Ginthupitiya.

Vanaja Rajkumar

BA, MA, DMiss Chairman of the CTS Academic Affairs Standing Committee. Graduate of Multnomah University, Portland Oregon USA (BA in Biblical Literature), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA (MA in Missiology), and Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, USA (Doctor of Intercultural Studies). The co-founder of Kandy Bible Fellowship Church, he served as its pastor for many years.

Ted Rubesh

Our Extensions

One of the imperatives CTS set for itself from the outset was to make the study courses more accessible to potential students located all over the island. The zeal for this initiative grew from the founding decision to establish a trilingual seminary offering degree programmes in Sinhala, Tamil and English with a view to fulfil the Church’s responsibility for indigenous and contextualized mission, and to resource the Church with teachers, preachers, and theologians who could minister in the vernacular.

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