Tyler Holm

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Mission Co-worker in Malawi since 2013
Serving at the University of Livingstonia, College of Theology

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Tyler will next be in the U.S. and available for speaking in 2018.  Email him to invite him to speak at your church or organization.

About Tyler Holm’s ministry

Tyler serves in Mzuzu, Malawi, at the invitation of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Livingstonia. Tyler serves as a lecturer of systematic theology and church history at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Livingstonia, which prepares future CCAP ministers and leaders in society.

The University of Livingstonia Faculty of Theology is the modern iteration of answering a long-standing need to train individuals as preachers and leaders of the church and the larger society. The University is a private institution run and owned by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Synod of Livingstonia; it is open to students of different Christian traditions, and the Faculty of Theology and its predecessor, The College of Theology, have been operating in Ekwendeni since 2003. The Faculty of Theology campus is in Ekwendeni, about 10 miles north of Mzuzu. Since the establishment of the college its response to the needs of society has led to expanding from a two-year licentiate to a three-year diploma of Theology (first awarded in 2009) and four-year bachelor’s of Theology (first awarded in 2010). Over 100 students have graduated from the Faculty of Theology since 2007. Since 2016 the Faculty of Theology has been developing a master’s program.

There are approximately 200 students studying in the Faculty of Theology. In addition to residential ministerial students, many students are working through the Open and Distance Learning program, upgrading their academic qualifications to serve in ministries as diverse as from primary and secondary teachers to ordained ministers. The theology program is the first at the university to offer these distance learning options. In addition to teaching, Tyler also provides computer and library support services for the university faculty and students. Since the University started in 2003 missionaries from the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, and Great Britain have provided many leadership roles. Today the leadership is all in the hands of local leaders.

Country context

Malawi is a relatively small landlocked country in southeastern Africa. Less than 1 percent of the population has access to a university education, one of the lowest rates in the world. Malawi has suffered from drought and floods as well as the spread of HIV/AIDS. In Malawi unsafe drinking water is a severe and multifaceted problem.

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has a long history with roots in the Church of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland, and the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa. The Synod of Livingstonia, one of five synods of the CCAP, grew out of a mission station founded in 1875 and named in honor of David Livingstone, the famed Scottish Presbyterian missionary. The CCAP is one of the oldest and biggest churches in Malawi. The Synod of Livingstonia alone has over 200 congregations, more than 1,000 prayer houses, and about 200,000 adult members. This vibrant church has a great need of trained ministers. In 2003 a survey reported there was just one ordained minister for every 7,000 catechized members.

In spite of the many challenges and hardships Malawians face, the faith of people remains strong. In its ministry CCAP Synod of Livingstonia not only reaches out to communities with spiritual care but is also involved in education, health care, HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, food security, and civic education.

Since beginning its involvement in Malawi in the 1950s the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has sent many long-term and short-term mission personnel to serve in the country.

 

About Tyler Holm

Tyler and his wife, Rochelle, have felt called to Malawi since their first visit in 2007. This experience led them to make Malawi their home in 2012. Rochelle is employed by Mzuzu University, where she serves as the manager of the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation.

Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation from Central Washington University, an M.A. in Theology from Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington, and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

Tyler and Rochelle are members of West Side Church, Richland, Wash.

Tyler says a key Scripture that guides his life and informs his mission service of capacity-building in community is Acts 6:1-4, “Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word. ‘”

Birthdays:
Rochelle – April 4
Tyler – July 21
Mphatso-November 15