|Kevin and Pamela Joy Dyson|
|Kevin Dyson talking about marriage with Tan Ye Peng (deputy senior pastor, CHC)|
in CHC (Feb 2009) (source)
As pointed out in my previous post (here), City Harvest Church's (CHC) Rev "Dr" Kong Hee and Rev "Dr" Phil Pringle obtained their master's and doctorates from the grandly named New Covenant International University and Theological Seminary (NCIU), a diploma mill (awarding bogus degrees for money) in Lake Worth, Florida.
Update. General Trends in New Zealand society: Protest and Polarisation (2003), by Dr Brett Knowles, a historian of Christianity, then (2003) at University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, confirms that Kevin Dyson "granted degrees to pastors on the basis of the pastor's own studies and sermon materials." "Although the standards have since risen somewhat, it was possible to gain a doctorate from this (Kevin Dyson's) institution after seven years of pastoral experience, as evidenced by the pastor's collected sermon materials, and the submission of a 3000-word essay." (Details available here)
Kevin Dyson's doctorates
According to NCIU (here, full text reproduced below) and Tung Ling Seminary (here, full text reproduced below):
Kevin Dyson holds a Master of Religious Education and a Doctor of Divinity (Restoration Church History) from Jubilee International Bible Institute, CA, USA, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Counseling from Evangelical Theological Seminary, MO, USA (1981-85*).
|Name it and Frame it?|
Kevin Dyson's "alma maters", Jubilee International Bible Institute, CA, USA, and Evangelical Theological Seminary, MO, USA have no online presence whatsoever. Furthermore, Evangelical Theological Seminary, MO, USA is listed as a diploma mill by Levicoff. I therefore conclude that both outfits are bogus.
Interestingly, Rev "Dr" Eu Hong Seng, Chairman and faculty member of Tung Ling Seminary, is also on Dyson's diploma mill NCIU's International Board of Reference (along with Kong Hee). So perhaps Tung Ling is indeed in collusion with Dyson in the deception.
|Kong Hee and Eu Hong Seng on NCIU Board|
Kevin Dyson's Bachelor of Arts (Bachelor of Theology)
Kevin Dyson holds a BA (BTh) from Jubilee International Bible College (JIBC), Queensland, Australia.
I could find no website of the said college, but instead found the following advertisement for its Diploma courses (no Bachelor's program mentioned) on the New Straits Times (Malaysia) of Oct 1, 1994 (source):
|Jubilee International Bible College, Stafford Heights, |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
New Straits Times, Oct 1, 1994 (source)
The above advertisement links JIBC of Brisbane with "Dr" Tony Keys in 1994. The following LinkedIn profile however associates him with Jubilee International Christian College of Brisbane in 1994. An outfit whose President (and founder, apparently [here]) is confused about its name is very worrying indeed.
|"Dr" Tony Keys, founder of |
Jubilee International Bible (or Christian) College in Brisbane (source)
According to Kevin Dyson's NCIU biography (see below), he was born no later than in 1949.
According the following People Search (source), Dyson is 71 years old (in c. July 2012?), and is therefore born no later than in July 1941.
|Kevin Dyson (source)|
Therefore Dyson's undergraduate study began no earlier than in Feb 1983 when was aged 41 or older.
Dyson founded NCIU, a "university", at least five years before he started his undergraduate study, when he had had only a high school education. An amazing feat indeed.
Another exceptional feature of Dyson's education is that, as his PhD study with Evangelical Theological Seminary was in 1981-85 (according to LinkedIn), he began his PhD study at least two years before he began his undergraduate course at JIBC.
|Kevin Dyson founded NCIU in 1978|
Neal Patterson, Tung Ling Bible School, and Quality of JIBC
The former principal (c. 1990-94) of Tung Ling Bible School in Singapore, "Dr" Neal Patterson, holds a Doctorate in Theology from Jubilee International Bible College (JIBC) in Brisbane, Australia (source).
According to Tony Keys, the founder and President (Feb 1983 - Dec 1999) of JIBC, the college had only nine staff members (academic and admin) in Dec 1999 (probably at its peak, see Keys' LinkedIn profile above). For such a modest outfit to award a Doctorate in Theology is another astounding feat.
This is yet another sign of the quality of degrees/diplomas awarded by JIBC.
|Neal and Ruth Patterson|
The following street address is a rare find:
JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE (JIBC)
46 Landscape Street, Stafford Heights, Brisbane, Queensland 4053, Australia (source)
I was excited to be able to virtually visit the JIBC "campus".
For the building at 46, Landscape Street, Stafford Heights in a residential neighbourhood (shown here) to accommodate 9 staff members and over 230 students (as claimed by Tony Keys) was yet another feat.
It is probable that JIBC was Tony Keys' personal empire, and has been shut down (perhaps no longer being profitable) by Keys by Dec 1999.
|Jubilee International Bible (or Christian) College, Brisbane|
|Jubilee International Bible (or Christian) College, Brisbane|
According to this, Kevin Dyson, PhD, of 45 Sassifras Street, Mudjimba (a suburb of Sunshine Coast, about 100 km from Brisbane), Queensland 4564, Australia, was a principal of the commercial entity New Covenant International Theological Seminary, Inc, registered on August 15, 1997 in Florida, and now defunct.
This establishes that in 1997 (and up to 2000, from similar evidence) Kevin Dyson was living in the house shown here, about 100 km from Tony Keys' JIBC (in Brisbane). (He now lives in the West Palm Beach, Florida area.)
Kevin Dyson and Tony Keys could have been friends. Keys could have awarded Dyson any bogus degrees that Dyson fancied.
Kevin Dyson, F.I.A.E.
Kevin Dyson claims to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Educators, Ontario, Canada.
There is absolutely no trace online of such an academy, and Dyson appears to be the founder, President and sole fellow of the international (being a fictitious Canadian academy with only one Fellow, who is from New Zealand/Florida) academy.
New Covenant International University (NCIU)
Dr. Kevin Dyson, President and Founder (source)
( ed. Kevin Dyson has spent "over 45 years" in Christian ministry, as of 2012 (or earlier). Assuming that Dyson started his ministry at age 18 (but probably older), he is at least 63 in 2012, i.e. he was born no later than in 1949.)
Kevin Dyson holds a Master of Religious Education and a Doctor of Divinity (Restoration Church History) from Jubilee International Bible Institute, CA, USA, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Counseling from Evangelical Theological Seminary, MO, USA. He received the award of Fellow of the International Academy of Educators for his work in advancing distance education.
(Kevin Dyson lives in the West Palm Beach, Florida area.)
Kevin Dyson's Overview
Vision International University (source)
I first ran across Vision International University a few years ago while researching a few issues concerning Newport University, as they were the only other institution besides Newport “accredited” by the IASCU. At the time, their Web site at http://viu.com had a minimal amount of information, and the only other Web site with any information was http://www.angelfire.com/rock/lathropcc/new_page_1.htm . Their accreditation statement (including a statement that they were affiliated with Newport University) was located at http://www.angelfire.com/rock/lathropcc/new_page_2.htm . These Web pages are still functional, probably due to the fact that a free Web host hosts them.
It is interesting to note that IASCU, for the longest time was supposedly operating out of Antwerp, Belgium, but now claims to be located in Berlin, Germany. Moreover, a search for member institutions on their Web site (neatly organized by continents) doesn’t reveal any affiliated schools. My guess is that there still aren’t any other members, aside from Newport and Vision. The bottom line, however, is this: claiming accreditation by IASCU serves one, and only one, purpose—to deceive prospective students as to the accreditation and legitimacy of the school and the utility of the degrees. (For the record, Vision International University’s predecessors, such as Vision Christian College and Vision Bible College and Seminary, also claimed unrecognized accreditation—from the infamous Accrediting Commission International.)
In addition to bogus accreditation, Vision International University also claims affiliation with The American Society of Christian Therapists and The American Association of Family Counselors. Both organizations are listed as credential mills in Chapter 13 of Name It and Frame It? New Opportunities in Adult Education and How to Avoid Being Ripped Off by 'Christian' Degree Mills (affectionately known as NIFI) by Steve Levicoff, Ph.D.. Moreover Vision International University predecessors Vision Christian College, Vision Christian University and Logos Bible College and Graduate School (founded by Vision International University president Stan E. DeKoven) are all specifically listed as degree mills in Chapter 12 of NIFI. (Although, of course, nothing beats hearing it straight from the author—thanks, Steve.)
Vision International University now claims to be “one of the world's largest distance-education institutions with over 4,000 campus locations on six continents and in 112 nations.” What they neglect to say, of course, is that practically anyone can set up a “campus” and affiliate himself or herself with Vision. Conveniently, those who set up campuses, frequently end up being recipients of Vision degrees. The self-proclaimed mastermind of this Rube Goldberg-inspired educational franchise system is Dr. Stan E. DeKoven, president of Vision International University.
In addition to a claiming a Bachelors degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a M.A. in Counseling from Webster University, Stan E. DeKoven, also claims a D.Min. from the Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Could this be the same Evangelical Theological Seminary that has since changed its name to Biblical Life College and Seminary, operates out of Dixon, MO, claims accreditation by American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions (not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), and (under the name of Evangelical Theological Seminary) is also listed as a degree mill in Chapter 12 of NIFI? Moreover, Dr. DeKoven also claims a Ph.D. from the now defunct (and never accredited) Professional School of Psychological Studies, and is allegedly completing his second Ph.D. in Leadership from Berne University.
Dr. DeKoven is also listed (sans any titles or academic credentials, except for being the president of Vision Christian College and Vision Christian Ministries) as ”Professor of several courses in the counseling field” on Christian Leadership University’s Faculty Members Web site. Not surprisingly, at one time, Christian Leadership University claimed accreditation from ACI (it now claims it from the World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions) through its affiliation with Vision Bible College and Seminary, and is also listed as a degree mill in NIFI. Currently their Web site makes no mention of any affiliation with Vision.
Last edited by Gus Sainz; 04-30-2002 at 01:06 PM.
Kevin Dyson works with resurrectionists in Fiji (source1, source2)
"13 years ago, NCI began working with Christian Mission Fellowship, a national church movement led by pastor Suliasi Kurolo," writes Dyson. "Since then, 1,200 students have completed theological studies. 87 new churches have been planted, three new Bible schools founded, and missions projects in 16 Pacific nations started. At the most recent graduation, 18 new pastors were ordained, which is not possible until they each have a church with at least 50 adult members. In addition, we blessed 83 new church planters, who aim to plant 62 new churches in the next 12 months."
"Listening to these church planters is like reading a new edition of Acts. We heard of people being raised from the dead, invalids who can walk again, blind who can now see, deaf who can hear and dumb who can now speak, as well as many new believers in the Kingdom of God," he reports. "One Hindu woman, for example, was in Fiji's main hospital, suffering from terminal cancer. Her family was gathered around her as a Bible school student came by, visiting the patients. He was not only able to explain the gospel to the whole family, but also prayed for the woman's healing. The woman was healed, along with others who were healed of deafness and dumbness. In response, 22 Hindus decided to become Christians. The government has asked NCI to develop a programme for the High Schools based on Biblical values, as politicians saw God's power transforming young people and old. It is clearly a true, observable and lasting revival," says Dyson.
Diploma mills known to me are highlighted thus.
Mentor – DR COLEGROVE. Richard Selwyn - B.Th. M.A., D.D. L.R.S.M; L.C.T.L.
a former graduate of NCIBC
[ ed. Is NCIBC New Covenant International Bible College of Auckland, New Zealand (here). NCIBC(Auckland), just like NCIU, was founded by Kevin Dyson. It is probably NCIU's original, less grandiose, name.
Alternatively, NCIBC could be New Covenant International Bible College of Columbia, South Carolina which is most assuredly a diploma mill (see here) ]
Richard has previously been a teacher of Greek and Hebrew, as well as Music. Richard has completed his doctoral studies with research work and theses in the realm of Understanding the Nature of Regeneration. His theses have been received by Evangelical Theological Seminary, Missouri, USA (the diploma mill that gave Kevin Dyson his bogus PhD) with distinction, thus earning a Doctorate in Philosophy.
(2) Doctorate in Philosophy Ph.D Thesis 150,243 words (completed 5 Nov 1993). Conferred Honolulu Hawaii.
Mentor - Dr. KUMAR. Steve - (info) "A leading New Zealand Christian apologist and a lecturer, author and international speaker. He has lectured for the past 19 years at more than 75 theological colleges, universities and high schools in the US, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Dr. Kumar trained at the Faith Theological Seminary, Winbrenner Theological Seminary and Wittenburg University and gained his PhD at California Graduate School of Theology. (He) is considered to be the best apologetic teacher in New Zealand". The Thesis follows the 'Guide to the Presentation of Theses' obtainable from the University of Auckland Library. And was bound by Uniprint, Orakei NZ.
|"Dr" Steve Kumar|
California Graduate School of Theology is unaccredited since its founding in 1968 (here).
"California Graduate School of Theology (CGST) is not accredited by any national or regional accrediting agency, and evidently has little standing in the academic community (it is not even listed in standard college and graduate school directories).
I did find a reference which indicated he had received his doctorate from the same "California diploma mill" as disgraced NZ MP Bernie Ogilvy *(who I believe claimed to possess a law degree from an institute which did not even have a law programme). A brochure promoting the "Eleventh annual European summer study session of the International Academy of apologetics, evangelism and human rights" lists Dr Kumar as "Faculty and Advisory" alongside a conspicuous William A Demski. Post-interaction with Dr Kumar, I found another reference which indicated that the institute in question is the "California Graduate School Of Theology" (a worthy member of the Wikipedia "List of unaccredited institutions of higher learning")
* "Dr" Bernie Ogilvy, MP demoted to Mr Ogilvy
Emmaus Bible School (NZ) 1985
Searchlight Bible School (SDA) 1988
Christadelphian Correspondence School (NZ)
Worldwide Church of God Correspondence School.
7255 South Military Trail
Lake Worth, FL 33463
Kevin Dyson. Master of Religious Ed.. D.D (Restoration Church History). PhD Biblical Counseling from Evangelical Theological Seminary, MO, USA. Fellow of the International Academy of Educators.
Dr. Tom C. Peters, Vice-President. Degrees in Business Management Jones College Fl. B.th FL, USA. D.Min. NCITS.
Dr. Richard Bau Woon Ing , Vice-President D.Min. Juris Doctor, M.Phil. B.Sci.
DIRECTOR & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Russell A. Naisbitt A.C.A. (N.Z.); M.Ph.
Ian P. Butterworth M.Div.; B. Rel. Ed; B.A.; Dip. Tchg
FACULTY – PROFESSORS, ADJUNCT-PROFESSORS & TUTORS
Abramson, Dr Robert (Bob)
B.A. (Th.) Southeastern, Lakeland, FL, USA
M.A.R. Liberty Univ., Lynchburg, VA, USA
D.Min. Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC, USA
Allen, Dr Edward B.
B.S. Browne Univ., Rhode Is, USA
M.S. Univ., of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
Ph.D. Florida Atlantic Univ., FL, USA
Anderson, Dr. Allan,
Dip Med (Pathology)
M.Phil, NCITS, Honolulu, USA.
Ph.D. (Biblical Counseling), NCITS, FL, USA
Briggs, Rev David W.
B.A (Theology) NCITS, FL, USA.
Butterworth, Ian P.
Dip Teaching, Auckland Teacher’s Training College, NZ
B.A. (English & Foreign Languages), Auckland Univ., NZ
B.Rel.Ed NCITS, FL, USA
M. Divinity Evangelical Theol. Seminary, MO, USA
Collins, Dr David S. T.
B.A. (Theology) NCITS, FL, USA
M.Rel. Ed NCITS, FL, USA
Th.D. NCIU, FL, USA
B.Rel.Ed. Jubilee Int’l Bible College, Qld, Australia
M.Bib.Counseling Evangelical Theological Seminary, MO, USA
Dyson, Dr Kevin
B.A. (B.Th.): Jubilee Int’l Bible College, Qld, Australia
M.Rel.Ed. Jubilee Int’l Bible Institute, CA, USA
Ph.D. (Bib. Counseling): Evangelical Theol. Seminary, MO, USA
F.I.A.E.: Int’l Academy of Educators, Ontario, Canada
Ford, Rev L. Glenn
B.Bus.Sc. Clemson Univ., FL, USA
M.Phil. (Miss.) NCITS, FL, USA
Franz, Dr Andreas,
Hawf, Rev Patricia
B.S. (C.S.M.): NCITS, FL, USA
Johnson, Dr Linda C.
B.Th. International Seminary, FL, USA
M.A. (Church History) International Seminary, FL, USA
Ed.D.C. Carolina University of Theology, NC, USA
Ph.D. International Seminary, FL, USA
Kirkpatrick, Dr John W.
L.Th. Melbourne College of Divinity, VIC, Australia
M.A. (Leadership) Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA
D. Miss. Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA
Michael, Rev William C.
B.S. University of Florida, USA
M.Phil. (I.C.S) NCITS, FL, USA
Muñoz, Dr Nahum
B.Th. Nazarene Bible College, TX, USA
M.Theol. Logos Bible College, FL, USA
D.Min. Logos Bible College & Graduate School, NY, USA
Th.D. Logos Bible College & Graduate School, Mexico City
Peters, Dr Tom C.
B.S. (Mgt.): Jones College, FL, USA
B.Th. International Seminary, FL, USA
D.Min. NCITS, FL, USA
Richter, Rev Marty
B.S.: NY State Univ., NY, USA.
Stephenson, Dr Alan K.
Dip Teaching, Auckland Teacher’s College, N.Z.
B.A (Ed); Auckland Univ., NZ.
M.Rel.Ed, NCITS, Honolulu, USA.
Th.D., NCIU, Florida, USA.
Walters, Professor Terry
LL.B; LL.M, Sheffield Univ., UK
NCIU’s INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF REFERENCE
All serve as non-resident faculty with other suitably qualified specialist persons and Adjunct Professors & Tutors
Burrell, Rev Arden, M.Th. B.A (B.Th.) Australia
Chu Dr Chick Sum, Th.D.; M.Div.; B.A. (B.Th.) Taiwan
Chung, Dr Tai Rai, Ph.D.; D.Rel.Ed; Th.D.; M.Theol. South Korea
Creighton, Dr FredC., D. Min., Phil.M. B.A. (B.Th) New Zealand
Eu, Dr Hong-SengPh.D; M.Min.; C.P.A. Franz, Andreas, Th.D. Malaysia
Hultgren, Dr Frank, D.Min.; M.Div. USA
Kong, Dr Hee, Th.D.; M.Div.; B.A. (B.Th.); B.Sc. Singapore
Kumar, Dr Steve Ph.D.; M.Div. New Zealand
Kurulo, Rev Suliasi, Ph.M.; B.A. (Th.); B.Sc Fiji
Norman Eu, Dr H. Lesley, D. Min., M.Phil. United Kingdom
Muñoz, Dr Nahum, Th.D.; D.Min. USA
McDonald, Rev Bruce, B.A. (B.Th.); Dip.Tchg. New Zealand
Patterson, Dr S. Neal, Th.D.; M.Rel.Ed. B.A.(B.Th.) New Zealand
Teague, Dr Dennis,Th.D.; M.Div.; B.A. (B.Th.); Dip.Tesol. USA
New Covenant International, Inc (also known as New Covenant International University& Theological Seminary) is registered as a private, non-profit, educational organization and is incorporated in the State of Florida, USA. New Covenant International Incorporated is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as organized for religious and educational purposes and is therefore exempt from taxation, pursuant to IRC Section 501(c)(3).
New Covenant International, Inc. is a non-profit institution founded for religious, educational, vocational purposes offering religious academic awards, degrees and vocational qualifications and is authorized to operate by the State Board - Commission for Independent Education under Florida Statute (s1005.06.(1)(f)F.S.
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Candidates undertaking thesis work shall adhere to the following criteria:Step 1 A Thesis proposal shall first be submitted to the Adjunct-tutor, containing: a) a description of the purpose and goals of the thesis.
b) a list of research materials that will be used in developing the thesis. The college reserves the right to recommend other research material to be included in the project or that may be considered important to the study, that the student may not be familiar with.
Step 3 Presentation Format:
Doctoral Degrees are divided into 'Elective Texts/Research/Thesis' (256/286cr).