Gujranwala. The “Silver Jubilee” of the “teaching ministry” of Rev. Dr. Arthur James, Principal of Gujranwala Pakistan was celebrated in the premises of the Gujranwala Theological Seminary Gujranwala, Pakistan on the eve of Fr
Rev. Dr. James is also the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, a collation of the United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA and the Lahore Church Council, that came in existence in year 1994. He is a scholar, writer and a teacher of theology. Dr. James completed his basic Seminary education in year April 1972 and served as Pastors in the most difficult areas of Pakistan. In 1974 Dr. James earned the degree of Bachelor of Divinity, In 1984 he got the degree of Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, and the same year he was awarded the degree of Master of Divinity by the Gujranwala Theological Seminary. In 1997 he complete “Leadership Course” from Haggai Institute. He got the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Human Betters from Waynesburg College, Pennsylvania USA. Rev. Dr. Arthur James joined the faculty of the Gujranwala Theological Seminary on 5th January 1979. He became the Vice Principal in year 1985. After the sudden demise of Dr. Rev. Iqbal Nisar, on 10th January 1990, Dr James was appointed Principal by the “Board of Governors” of the Seminary. Ever since he never looked back and earned respect from his students, friends and foes. Dr. Arthur James has the credit of bringing the church out side the civil courts at least in Gujranwala. He is a kind hearted person who goes an “extra mile” to help the needy people and for reconciliation in the church. He has a vision of getting all Presbyterians churches together to form a strong Bible believing Presbyterian Church in Pakistan.
His students from 1979 to date decided to celebrate the Silver Jubilee as a “teacher”. This grand and well planned function was arranged by his students in the premises of Gujranwala Theological Seminary on 26th November 2004 at 4 PM which was largely attended by his present and former students, Bishop Alexander John Malik, Bishop of Lahore Diocese, Bishop Samuel Perveez, Bishop of Sialkot Diocese, Bishop Samuel Robert Azraiah, Bishop of Raiwind Diocese, D. Ajaml Khan, former Moderator of Presbyterian Church of Pakistan. Mr. Tariq C. Qaisar former member of National Assembly, Mr. Haroon Qaisar, member of National Assembly, and an “outsider, Bishop” Timotheus Nasir. (There is a long list of notable Christians from Gujranwala, various parts of Pakistan and abroad who attended this auspicious occasion). Church leaders from all over the world sent him the message of facilitation for his outstanding Ecclesiastical and teaching service as a “Professor” in Gujranwala Theological Seminary, Gujranwala.
The Silver Jubilee Celebration started with Dr. and Mrs. Arthur James riding a “Bughi” (Let me call it a large Chariot!) while the students, pastors, sang Psalm No 24. (Rab Khdawand badsha hay, oh jalal da badsha hay). Flowers petals were showered on him as he entered the big Shamiana (Tent). Rev. Liaqat Qaisar from Full Gospel Assemblies gave a heart touching message and the Choir sang beautiful songs. He was presented with gifts from his students and other guests. A grand “Fire Work” show was also arranged in his honor. Dr. Maqsood Kamil and Mrs. Noshen Khan conducted this very well organized ceremony. Later the guests were served with dinner. The Christian News International (CNI) is pleased to release this news for our readers all over the word and in Pakistan. May the Lord bless Rev. Dr Arthur James and Mrs. Arthur James for their loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and for their long and outstanding service that they have rendered to the body of Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that the Lord may bless him and his wife and use them for His glory in years to come. We also say, “Well done” Dr. Maqsood Kamil, Mrs. Noshen Khan and the old and present student body of the Gujranwala Theological Seminary for setting precedence for the recognition of the services of the Christian leaders in Pakistan that has so far been forgotten or ignored.