Postgraduate Profile: Mandimby Ranaivoarisoa

Mandimby is a student from the country of Madagascar. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern in May 2017 with a double concentration in Biblical languages and church history/historical theology. He began a Ph.D. in Theology in the fall of 2017 with a specialization in Early Christian Studies.

Mandimby was motivated to study historical theology, and especially patristics, because many evangelicals in Madagascar have little or no awareness of the important theological conversations and developments in early Christianity. This motivation developed into a research interest, leading him to focus his doctoral studies on the trinitarian theology and hermeneutics of Athanasius. He is also interested in philosophy, scholastic theology, and the theology of the reformers.

Mandimby is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and North American Patristics Society. Upon completion of his studies at Southwestern, he hopes to return to his home country and help establish a Baptist seminary in partnership with Southwestern through the Global Theological Innovation program. He and his wife, Tiana, are members of Rock Creek Baptist Church in Crowley, TX, where he occasionally teaches an adult Sunday School class.