SATS graduation address

I was asked to give the keynote address at the recent 10th graduation ceremony of the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which was birthed 16 years ago out of my local church and is today one of the largest distance learning seminary in the Southern Hemisphere.  

We founded SATS’ on three pillars – Bible based, Christ centered, and Spirit led.  In the address I covered these key principles and stressed the need to see Christ restored as the central focus of the church.  I encouraged the graduates – all leaders in their fields – to apply these three foundational principles to their lives, churches, and ministries,  and to use their influence to encourage others to do so to. This video is of that address.

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Christopher Peppler



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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.