First Biblical literacy survey in South Africa

Dear Readers 
Today is a very important day in the history of the South African Theological Seminary. Today we have released the first ever national online survey on the state of Biblical literacy in South Africa, something which I hope will make a significant contribution to the church. 

Please may I request that you take the survey at and then make every effort to make your friends, family, colleagues aware of the survey and ask them to take it and to distribute the link as widely as possible, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, emails, church pastors, members etc. We need at least 10000 respondents. 

As an incentive, 25 participants will be rewarded with various gifts, e.g. an iPad, two Nokia Lumia smartphones, books and courses. Please make this request a matter of urgency and prayer. Thank you so much for your help. 


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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.