The General Committee of the Association of Theological Institutes in the Middle East (ATIME) held its regular session at the Coptic Catholic Seminary in Maadi - Egypt, on May 22 and 23, 2022, to elect new leadership, amend the bylaws, and discuss the goals for the following three years along with several other issues. The Association elected Archimandrite Professor Jack Khalil, Dean of Saint John of Damascus Institute of Theology at UOB as President, and Dr. Father Michel Qanbar as Executive Secretary. The association also elected Father Bassam Nassif, Associate Professor at the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology- UOB, Father Dr. Bishoy Helmi from the Clerical College in Cairo, and Pastor Dr. Tharwat Waheeb Boulos, President of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, as Associate Executive Secretaries.
The Association of Theological Institutes in the Middle East (ATIME) - designated as such since the 1980 General Meeting- was established in 1967 with the name ATENE (Association for Theological Education in the Near East).
ATIME was affiliated to The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) in 1975. It functioned in tight collaboration with MECC Secretary General and the Director of the Faith and Unity Department.
It includes 18 Institutes belonging to the four Families of Churches in the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq).
Its mission is to connect the theological institutes and faculties in order to exchange resources, as well as academic and church experiences to better witness for Faith and Unity in the context of the Middle East.