AIIAS congratulates Petronio M. Genebago, a PhD in Old Testament student, who won the Grand Prize for the 2015-17 Ministry Ministerial Student Writing Contest announced on April 7, 2017 on the Ministry, International Journal for Pastors social media page.

The winning article entitled, “The Benefits of Studying Biblical Languages for Pastors,” talked about the fundamental reasons of why such knowledge of Biblical languages can enhance ministry, equipping one to become better in their chosen field of work.

Genebago said he was exposed to learn and love the original languages of the Bible with the assistance of his mentors, professors, and colleagues in the AIIAS Theological Seminary. “The article is a symbol of a collaborative effort of the students, professors, and administrators of AIIAS doing all for the glory of God to offer a quality graduate education with a heart for mission,” he described.

Genebago hopes his article can encourage students of biblical languages to do their best, to have a positive learning attitude, and to love these languages because they are the vehicle for communicating God’s love and truth to all people.

“We need to love what we do, listen and learn from our professors, and be willing to be mentored. Let us honor and give glory to God who brought us here in AIIAS to serve Him, His church, and communities.”

Petronio M. Genebago comes from the Philippines and is currently a faculty of the College of Theology in the Adventist University of the Philippines. He served as a district pastor, communication and youth director in Central Luzon Conference (CLC) and a youth/AMiCUS director in the North Philippine Union Conference.

Ministry has been published monthly by the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1928 and currently reaches approximately 80,000 pastors from different denominations. Learn more about the writing contest through


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