EXPOSED KEVIN DYSON, CHC ADVISOR BOUGHT HIS DEGREE FROM AUSTRALIA
Kevin and 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.
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.
|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, Brisbane, Australia
New Straits Times, Oct 1, 1994 (source)
The above advertisement links JIBC 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.
Kevin Dyson founded NCIU in 1978. His BA (BTh) is from Tony Keys' outfit, Jubilee International Bible (Christian?) College in Brisbane, founded in 1983. Therefore NCIU, a "university", was founded by Dyson at least five years before he started his undergraduate study. An amazing feat indeed.
|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 has only nine staff members (academic and admin) in Dec 1999 (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 QLD 4053 (source)
I was excited to be able to virtually visit the JIBC "campus". It is likely that JIBC is now defunct, though.
For the building shown here to accommodate 240 staff members and students (as claimed by Tony Keys) is another feat.
Jubilee International Bible (Christian?) College
|Jubilee International Bible (Christian?) College|
New Covenant International University (NCIU)
Dr. Kevin Dyson, President and Founder (source)
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.)
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.
"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.