History of Abdi Sabda Seminary
After the failed communist coudeta in the 1965 many non Christian converted to
Christianity in order to avoid persecution from the government due to their link
to communist party. The increasing number of Christians did not followed by the
increasing number of church workers particularly in the Gereformeerd Church in
Indonesia. In order to meet the shortage in Church workers mentioned above the
Gereformeerd Church in Indonesia invited several churches in North Sumatra
namely: Karo Batak Protestant Church (GBKP), Simalungun Protestant Christian
Church (GKPS), Banua Niha Keriso Protestant (BNKP) to establish a school
preparing for evangelist and teachers for Christian education in schools.
A meeting was set up and the following representative attended the meeting
- Rev. Sep Purnahadikawahyo and Rev. KLF. Legrand represent Gereformeerd
Church in Indonesia (GKT-Sumut)
- Rev. Anggapen Ginting Suka from Batak Karo Protestant Church (GBKP)
- Rev. Ros Telambanua from Nias Christian Protestant Church (BNKP)
- Rev. A. Wilmar Saragih and Rev. S.P. Dasuha from Simalungun Christian
Protestant Church (GKPS)
The meeting agreed upon the establishment of Education for Church Workers
Foundation or Yayasan Pendidikan Petugas Gereja or YPGG with the aim of running
a school to trained church workers and candidate of church workers. By the year
of 1967 the foundation mentioned above was established by four churches
In order to broaden its service and ministry YPPG was changed to Abdi Sabda
Foundation and open itself to accept new members and name them as the supporting
churches by the year 1987. By that year Abdi Sabda was supported by six
churches. Four as the founding churches and the rest categorized as supporting
churches. The six are the following:
1. Batak Karo Protestant Church (GBKP) - Calvinist
2. Simalungun Christian Protestant Church (GKPS) - Lutheran
3. Nias Christian Protestant Church (BNKP) - Lutheran
4. Gereformeerd Church in Indonesia (GKI-Sumut) - Calvinist
5. Indonesian Protestant Church (HKI) - Lutheran
6. Angkola Christian Protestant Church (GKPA) - Lutheran
In order to achieve the aim mentioned above the following education were offered
by Abdi Sabda Foundation namely:
- A trairting ground for evangelist and training for teachers (SPG) this
one was started in the 1968 and was closed in the 1976.
- In the 1983 Abdi Sabda started to offer program for teachers teaching
Christian education in schools.
- At the same year Abdi Sabda theological schools was changed to Abdi
Sabda theological Institute and offered two program namely: bachelor of
Christian Education. Two years after succeed in running Bachelor in
Christian Education Abdi Sabda also offered bachelor of theology and also
bachelor in theology major in training for lay people.
- By the year of 1997 Abdi Sabda seminary offered Masteral program for
Theology, Ministry and Divinity.
Present Situation of Abdi Sabda seminary
At present Abdi Sabda seminary are supported by the following churches
1. Batak Karo Protestant Church (GBKP)-Calvinist
2. Simalungun Christian Protestant Church (GKPS)-Lutheran
3. Nias Christian Protestant Church (BNKP)-Lutheran
4. Gereformeerd Church in Indonesia (GKI-Sumut)-Calvinist
5. Indonesian Protestant Church (HKI)-Lutheran
6. Angkola Christian Protestant Church (GKPA)-Lutheran,
7. Indonesia Christian Protestant Church (GKPI) –Lutheran.
Number of student
At present Abdi Sabda seminary has the following number of student:
389 theological student
116 Christian Education student
23 post graduate student.
Our Library books composed of total of 8316 titles or 15038 books.
Computer Facilities/Internet for the student
At present Abdi Sabda seminary only has 15 computers in good condition but the
The construction for Internet facility is on going.
At present there are 16 permanent faculties teaching at Abdi Sabda Seminary.
Out of 16 three (3) are faculties sending our our mission partner namely OMF and
NLM. The following are the list of faculties at Abdi Sabda seminary:
1. Rev.Dr. Jontor Situmorang MTh, chairman
2. Rev. Ruben Bangun MTh, 1st vice chairman
3. Rev. Dr. Jaharianson Saragih STh, Msi, 2nd vice chairman
4. Rev. Kaleb Manurung MTh, 3rd vice chairman
5. Rev. Dr. Batara Sihombing MTh, Post Graduate Director
6. Rev. Thomas Johanis Nanulaitta MTh Head of theology department
7. Rev. Jhon Renis Saragih M.Th, Secretary of Theological dept
8. Rev. Agus Jetron Saragih M.Th,, secretary of Christian Education Dept
9. Rev. Rohni Pasu Sinaga M.Th, Secretary of Christian Education dept
a. Rev Bertha Lyna M.Th, secretary of post graduate secretary dept.
10. Rev. Sada Kata Ginting’s, M.Th, head of outreach program
11. Rev. Elieser Perpulungen Ginting’s DPS, head of lay people education program
12. Rev. Jahenos Saragih, M.Th, MM,dormitory head
13. Rev. Barmen Sinaga, library head
When it came to accreditation Abdi Sabda has been accredited by the
Department of Religion and was conferred with a new and increasing status from
enlisted to being recognized. Abdi Sabda theological seminary was the only
school of theology with the aforesaid status in North Sumatra. With regards to
the post graduate accreditation Abdi Sabda was accredited by the Consorsium
School of Theology in Indonesia by the year of 2005 and was given the status
Effect/Impact of the political and socio-economic in the country on the church
Many of Abdi Sabda graduates became the leaders of the churches in North
Sumatra. They became bishops, general secretary and district superintendent. In
other words many of them on the position of decision maker that can make an
impact on the political and sodo economic in the country on the church. At
present almost majority of pastors in North Sumatra Churches namely: GKPS, HKI,
GBKP, BNKP, GKPA, are graduates of Abdi Sabda Seminary. The contribution of this
seminary is really great. Abdi Sabda seminary also actively involve in religious
dialogue in North Sumatra through the present of one of its lecturer. Actively
participate with in Moslem-Christian dialogue also within the university
In the near future Abdi Sabda even will work together with the government Moslem
institute in doing research about society problem.
Within our surrounding areas Abdi Sabda actively helping the poor for sending
their student to school by providing scholarship. In the near future Abdi Sabda
plan to enrich the children of the poor from our surrounding areas for acquiring
skills in computer and English language.
When it comes to the national and international meetings Abdi Sabda always
participate fully. By doing so Abdi Sabda contribute significantly either in the
political, educational, and socio-economic of the country.
Main Priorities and Activities
Abdi Sabda main priorities right now are in line with our vision to become
the best seminary in Indonesia particularly in the field of counseling pastoral
or pastoral theology. With regards to that vision some priorities are being set
a. Physical development
Having five more houses for the faculties. Expanding the library by adding
new building 9x12 M. Having more class room as the preparation for doctoral
Program Sending more faculties out of country or in country for their
Offering doctoral program for the year of 2008. By the year of 2010-2015 up
grading Abdi Sabda to University Increasing number of books to 15.000 title by
the year of 2010.
Bilateral Partners in Mission and Development
- With OMF: With this organization Abdi Sabda partner in mission only. OMF
always send their missionary to teach at Abdi Sabda seminary . Whenever Abdi
Sabda has a mission program for reaching the people who still do not know
Christ this institution always ready to help.
- With NLM: With this organization Abdi Sabda partner in mission and
development. NLM starting 4 years ago has send lecturers to Abdi Sabda and
two years open to support Abdi Sabda financially for abdi sabda ministry
car, books grant, scholarships,
- With LWF: For Constructing four houses for the lecturer
- With LCA : for books grant
- With Westfalia church for books grant
- With LCMS Missoury for short courses.
Abdi Sabda is an ecumenical seminary in itself. This seminary are supported
by seven denomination in North Sumatra as mentioned above. The bilateral
partners mentioned above also part of our ecumenical relations.
Abdi Sabda also has relation with UIM Wuppertal Germany and ELCA USA. UIM
representatives, Sofie bodegon, always visit Abdi Sabda during her visit to