Founder and Chairman of SATS Retires

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Last night the Board of SATS bade a sad farewell to its Founder and Chairman of 20 years, Dr Christopher Peppler, who has officially retired. After obeying God’s call to start a distance education seminary, which at the time was not a common way of delivering theological education, Chris pioneered the establishment of what today has become a global, online institution. He faithfully ensured that what God called him to do was carried out at the highest level and that the seminary remained faithful to its three foundational principles, which he introduced, namely Bible-based, Christ-centred and Spirit-led. As the Chairman he has led the Board thoughtfully, prayerfully and perceptively, and under his direction the Board has provided sound advice and direction to the Senior Executive. In recognition of his exceptional contribution, at our recent graduation ceremony, SATS awarded Chris its highest honour, Fellow of the South African Theological Seminary. The seminary, and the wider theological education community, will forever be indebted to him for his incredible contribution. We salute him and pray that he will enjoy his well-deserved retirement.

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5 Responses

  1. Christian

    Amazing achievement

  2. We thank God for the servant you are for Jesus, Chris.

  3. Charmian

    Well done Chris. You’ve been true to your calling Am so proud of you – as I’m sure God is too.

  4. Marcelle

    Congratulations Chris, it’s a magnificent achievement and wish you God richest blessings in your retirement. God knows that you deserve it.

  5. Arthur Song

    I wish my former colleague and fellow academic all the best for his retirement. Above all else, a hearty welcome as another FELLOW OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. I still relish the many hours of late afternoon telephone discussions with you prior to and during the early years of the link between University of Zululand Faculty of Theology and the South African Theological Seminary! Blessings for your well-earned retirement. Now to play some MUSIC on your new handmade guitar

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