Our Mission Statement
The mandate of GCI is to train Christians on a global scale to develop academic excellence, spiritual maturity and excellence of character within a Christ-centred community and then release them to bless and transform the world.
The mandate of Global Christian Institute centres on training Christians and supporting local churches in the
• Bible Teaching
• Leadership Development
• Christian Leadership Seminars
• Bespoke Church Seminars
• Establishing Church-based Bible Schools
• Bible College/ Educational Consultancy
• Practical Theology Training
• Distance Learning Courses
• Marriage Success Seminars
• Christian Counselling Training
• UK Charity Registration Services
• Supporting Missions Projects in the Global South
• Israel/ Holy Land Tours
Dr Femi Olowo is the Principal of Global Christian Institute and conducts seminars for churches as part of his wider ministry. He founded South London Christian College in 1991 and served as Principal for over 20 years. He also founded Jubilee International Church which has branches in several nations. He has led mission trips into many nations and ministered in Europe, Asia, Africa, the USA and Israel. Having studied at the University of London, Sheffield University, University of Wales Bangor, City University London and Oxford University, he has qualifications in counselling, teaching, world religions and theology. He is a book publisher and has written books on prayer, healing, deliverance, Christian suffering, the endtimes and other topics. He is now actively involved with Elim Pentecostal Church, Brockley.
Dr Meyer van Rensburg was founder and principal of Covenant Bible Training Centre in South Africa, and pastor of En-gedi Bible Church before relocating to the UK in 2004. He has served in various Bible colleges, mainly as Dean of Students at South London Christian College and now as Dean of GCI. He has written several books, notably on the Covenants. In South Africa, he was a well-known music recording engineer, as well as a radio presenter for radio stations. In his spare time, he loves to do oil painting and woodwork. He holds several academic qualifications in teaching, theology and ministry from institutions such as University of Wales Bangor.
Core Teaching Team
A characteristic feature of our avant-garde status in theological education is our outstanding faculty. We have
a core of quality teachers with a wealthy background of experience in ministry, Christian education and
theology. Our team is committed to maximal standards of teaching and students support.
Most of them are actively involved in pastoral ministry or Christian mission, a distinct advantage resulting in a positive spill-over into the practical training of students preparing for Christian service. The diversity of our faculty team is multi-edged in that they come from several different national and cultural milieux, yet all are unified in their adherence to the evangelical, Pentecostal and charismatic Christian tradition.
Pastor Emmanuel Nelson is the Pastor of the Elim Pentecostal Church (Brockley). He studied at Harvest Bible College, Manchester and then at Regents Theological College, Malvern (formerly in Nantwich). Prior to Elim Brockley, Pastor Nelson was an Assistant Minister at Elim Pentecostal Church, Leytonstone, East London under the leadership of the then Elim Regional Superintendent for London. He went on to pioneer a branch church in Walthamstow. In 2001, he moved to South London to join the ministry team at Elim Pentecostal Church, Camberwell under the leadership of Rev Major Sam Larbie. Pastor Emmanuel holds a certificate in Christian Ministry and Counselling as well as a BA (Hons) Degree in Theology.
Pastor Fred Johnson-Esiri is the pastor of Elim Pentecostal Church in Catford, a thriving multi-national family church. In 1984, he graduated from the University of Ife, Nigeria and held positions as a teacher and a headteacher. Having held a high profile position as a Sergeant at Arms in the House of Commons for 18 years, he took early retirement to concentrate on the ministry. Graduating from Wisdom Bible Training Centre in 1995, he pastored in a number of locations before becoming the pastor of Elim Pentecostal Church, Catford in 2000. He has ministered in Sweden, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. Pastor Fred is an author and experienced motivational speaker.
Mercia McDonald was involved in pastoral ministry in South Africa before relocating to the UK. She has taught at a number of institutions including South London Christian College and now GCI. She has a passion to educate God’s people and has other creative gifts such as painting and writing adult’s and children’s books such as Marriage on the Rock…s, Mammals on a Mission and The Cheeky Donkey Who Changed. Mercia has certificates in teaching and education, and a BA degree in theology from University of South Africa.
Reverend Georgette Ngombi arrived in the UK in 1991 on a university scholarship from the government of Gabon. However the call of God upon her soon had her actively involved in church ministry with focus on intercession, counselling and teaching. She completed courses in Intercultural Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as her Masters in Christian Counselling at South London Christian College. As head of intercession at Jubilee International Church and through her own ministry, she motivated, modelled and mentored Christians in prayer warfare, as she organised prayer retreats and workshops around the UK. Her heart for missions has taken her to Israel, India and South Korea.
Rev. Alex George is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Bristol, serves as Police Chaplain to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, and also presents ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio Bristol. He is involved with ‘Prayer for Bristol’ initiative. Originally from Chennai (Madras) India, he obtained a degree in Christian Doctrine and English. He has a background with YWAM, has pastored in London, taught at South London Christian College and is in involved in regular missions to India under his itinerant ministry banner, The Final Commission.
Admin Support Staff
We cherish our support team who have an extensive and broad base of knowledge in all matters relating to academic management, programme design, church administration and charity registration.
Council of Reference
We benefit from the experience, maturity and wisdom of the seasoned ministers of God who serve as our Council of Reference. They give spiritual oversight to our training programmes and are also involved with our ordination process and assessment, ensuring that the required biblical standards are met before ministerial credentials are conferred upon an applicant.