“The African Church believes that institutions such as Nazarene Theological College – South Africa (NTC-SA) are still the carriers of hope for a darkened world!” This statement by Rev. Gabriel Benjiman, the Africa Regional Education Coordinator, welcomes in a new chapter for Nazarene Theological Seminary South Africa. After a long and prayerful search for the next Principal, we are pleased to announce Dr. Rhonda Carrim as NTC-SA’s new leader.
Dr. Carrim and her husband, Errol, have lived a long life of missionary service. After living in Trinidad and Tobago, England, the United States, and New Zealand, they state, “We are convinced that God has been preparing us for this role for at least 27 years!”
From their first approval into missionary service, the Carrims had dreamt of coming to NTC-SA. The opportunity never presented itself, and the dream had been forgotten. Then, Rhonda received an invitation to apply for the role of Principal. “To be frank, I thought our opportunity for missionary service – particularly at NTCSA! – had come and gone; but here was God restoring a dream and a passion.”
Both Rhonda and Errol are well-prepared for this position in higher education. Gabriel Benjiman states, “The Carrims bring with them a wealth of educational leadership and are strategically placed in this unique season for NTC’s metamorphosis.” Since receiving her Doctor of Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, USA, Rhonda has taught at Caribbean Nazarene Theological Seminary (Santa Cruz, Trinidad), Nazarene Theological College (Manchester, England), and Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho, USA). Throughout her years working at academic institutions, she has had many administrative roles including the Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, and Academic Dean.
Errol received degrees both as a Master of Divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary (Missouri, USA), and a Master of Arts at Eastern Nazarene College (Massachusetts, USA). He has pastored churches throughout the US, Trinidad, and New Zealand, and served on the faculty at Caribbean Nazarene Theological College. He has a passion for training and developing leaders—a passion that will surely be realized at NTCSA.
Rhonda and Errol, together with their 15-year-old daughter Kimberly, plan to arrive in South Africa in April. Please be in prayer for them as they prepare for this international move and work through the visa process. Welcome, Carrim family!