Tamale Institute of Biblical Studies

Tamale, Ghana, West Africa


In early 2007, the two congregations in the city of Tamale, Ghana West Africa approached Steven Ashcraft, an American missionary living in Tamale, about helping them to establish a school of preaching.  Tamale is a city in northern Ghana of 550,000 people and is predominantly Islamic.  Classes began in May 2009 and there are presently fifteen full-time students at the Tamale Institute of Biblical Studies (TIBS).  These students should complete their two year program in April 2011 when a new class is scheduled to begin. 

Plans have been made for 24 new students, and 21 potential students have already submitted applications and completed the interview process.  We are attempting to raise funds to support some of these new students.  The incremental cost for each additional student is $100 per month.  This includes all expenses for the student for school supplies, photocopies, transportation to and from the school, feeding while on campus, utilities, and water, etc.    

The premises for the Institute are currently being rented.  Five acres have been acquired in Tamale as a permanent location for the school.  Construction is in progress on this site for student accommodations, classrooms, a library, computer room, offices and guest housing for visiting instructors.  About 8,000 square feet is ready to be roofed with the foundation completed for another 3,000 square feet.  The funds have been raised to complete the walls, roofing, electrical, and plumbing for the buildings.  We anticipate putting the roof on in January 2011, and hope to have the structure ready when the new class begins in May.  However, funds still need to be raised for the doors, windows, plastering, painting, and other finishing touches for the building project.

In late 2009, the school became a Bear Valley Bible Institute extension school.  Steven Ashcraft, who is a graduate of Bear Valley, has taken on the responsibility as coordinator for this school.  He can be reached at:

Steven Ashcraft

Mountain Home church of Christ

380 North College

Mountain Home, Arkansas  72653

Email – samtnhome@yahoo.com

U.S. Message Phone – 870-425-4330

Ghana Phone – (233)-024-614-6022

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