Who are we?

Nazarene Theological Institute

About Us

ITN-NTI is a distance education program providing the course of study for the ordination of Nazarene clergy and the equipping of lay leaders for ministry.

The school system serves the Africa Region, Church of the Nazarene. This currently includes more than 1000 students studying in 16 sub-Saharan countries.

Visiting instructor Mary SPAULDING (PhD) with NTI students in Monrovia, Liberia


ITN-NTI was established in 1989 as Institut Biblique Nazaréen in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for French-speaking pastors training for the Nazarene ministry. Similar institutes were then established in Liberia, Rwanda, Madagascar, and Benin. These programs were united with new sites in 18 countries from one side of Africa to the other: from Senegal on Africa’s west coast to Madagascar and Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

Missionaries were the first professors and directors of the institutes. Over time, more local pastors are being trained as teachers (through the B.A. level), with the goal of having a well-developed national branch of the ITN-NTI in each country where the Church of the Nazarene is working. Working with district leaders, the ITN-NTI team will deliver courses to Nazarene and other pastors that are not able to leave their families, ministries, and income-producing jobs to attend a resident program.

In March 2008, an advisory board was established to oversee the development of this rapidly growing system of educational delivery. Gregory CROFFORD, Ph.D. (University of Manchester) was appointed as the new director of ITN-NTI starting in March 2009.


The Mission

NTI is a Christian institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. We affirm God’s call to all roles of ministry (lay and ordained) for both women and men. Our area of service is Africa, and our mission is to develop Christlike leaders in ministry.