Dr. Julius Kithinji

Dean, School of Theology

Welcome Message

Welcome to the Joshua and Timothy School of Theology at St. Paul’s University (JTSOT). Our vision is to be “An excellent ecumenical School for nurturing servants of God and humanity” and our mission is “To train God-fearing servants for global service.”

The history of the School goes back to 1888 when it was started as a Divinity School for the Church Missionary Society, training freed slaves for Anglican ordained ministry. Later, The Presbyterian Church of East Africa, The Methodist Church in Kenya, the Reformed Church of East Africa and The National Council of Churches of Kenya joined at different times to establish an ecumenical partnership.

The School grew and remained as the Faculty of Theology until 2022 when it transitioned to a School. The name Joshua and Timothy represents intergenerational biblical leadership; Joshua was a student of Moses and so was Timothy a student of Paul. Currently, JTSOT is among the few ecumenical and international institutions of higher theological education in Africa with faculty and students drawn from different parts of the world.

Staff establishment and programmes

The School has a population of over 500 students with 13 fulltime staff and 17 adjunct lecturers. There are two Departments: the Department of History, Missions, Religion and Practical Theology; and the Department of Biblical Studies, Philosophy and Theology. The School also hosts three centres that link theoretical training with practical issues in the contemporary society. These centres are: Centre for Translation and Contextual Bible Study (CETCOBS); Centre for Islamic Studies in Africa (CISSA) in conjunction with the Center for Christian and Muslim Relations at Eastleigh (CCMRE); and The Africa Centre for Biblical Equity (TACBE).

We offer unique undergraduate and postgraduate curricular that are carefully designed to address the needs of the church in the 21st century. All our degree programmes have been approved by the Senate and accredited by the Commission for University Education in Kenya. The faculty offers the following programmes:

  1. PhD in Theology with specializations in:
    • Biblical Studies
    • History of Christianity
    • Missions
    • Pastoral Counseling
    • Practical Theology
    • Systematic Theology
  2. Masters in Theology (MTh) with specializations in:
    • Biblical Studies
    • Bible Translation
    • History
    • Practical Theology (with two tracks: Counseling or Pastoral Ministry)
    • Missiology
    • Philosophy
    • Systematic Theology (with three tracks: Theology, Philosophy or Gender)
  3. Master of Arts in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (ICMR)
  4. Postgraduate Diploma in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
  5. Bachelor of Divinity (BD)
  6. Bachelor of Arts in Translation Studies with emphasis on:
    • Translation languages (English with French, Kiswahili, Arabic, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, or any other in which the student shows interest).
    • Translation theory
    • Conference interpreting
    • Translation of sacred literature
    • Translation of Business documents
    • Translation of Medical documents
    • Translation of Legal documents
    • Translation of Children’s Literature
    • Translation of Multi-media information
  7. Diploma in Theology
  8. Diploma in Music
  9. Diploma in Kenya Sign Language Interpretation
  10. Certificate in Theology
  11. Certificate in Music

Faculty Leadership

  • Rev. Dr. Julius Kithinji Dean of School
  • Rev. Dr. John Kiboi HOD Biblical Studies, Philosophy and Theology
  • Dr. Kevin Muriithi Ndereba HOD History, Mission, Religion and Practical Theology
  • Rev. Prof. Kabiro Wa Gatumu Programme Head PhD in Theology and Chairman CETCOBS
  • Rev. Dr. Zebede Muga Programme Head MTh
  • Rev. Dr. Joseph Mutei Programme Head for MA-ICMR
  • Rev. Dr. Emily Onyango Coordinator of faculty fellowship and Chair TACBE
  • Ven. Scholar Wayua Kiilu Coordinator of CCMRE and CISSA
  • Rev. Prof. Chosefu Chemorion 
  • Dr. Sammy Githuku
  • Prof. Aloo Mojola
  • Prof. Esther Mombo
  • Rev. Rowland Van Es
  • Miss Martha Muthike Departmental and Executive Secretary
  • Rev. Lois Muturi Secretary for Diploma collaborations