Tim and Sarah Valiante have been married since 2003 and have five amazing children. The Lord has called them to serve in the Philippines at Haven of Grace Seminary just south of Bacolod City on the island of Negros. Tim will be training Filipino pastors, church planters, and missionaries to reach the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations with the gospel.
For fourteen years, the Valiantes served in two local church ministries in the US. The first seven years, they ministered at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware (also their commissioning and sending church) where Tim served as an Assistant Pastor overseeing Youth and Administration. Following that, Tim served for 7 years as Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Millville, Pennsylvania.
Tim received a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Northland Baptist Bible College, a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Clarks Summit University.
For many years, Dr. Tim has had an interest in teaching, as well as missions. A few years ago he learned of the need for a teacher at Haven of Grace through Evangelist J. Mark Kittrell (Director of PRMI). After much prayer and conversation, the Lord made it clear that He was calling the Valiantes to serve at Haven of Grace.
Dr. Tim visited the Philippines in June of 2017 and during this trip, he felt very much at home and found a vibrant, thriving work being accomplished in and around the city of Bacolod. He also heard from numerous pastors of the great need for further education. Seminary level education is simply not accessible in the surrounding region. While on this trip, Dr. Tim noted the viability and necessity of a strong, conservative, theologically sound seminary to serve not just the Western Visayas, but the whole region of Southeastern Asia.
The Valiantes are excited to be a part of the formation of this vital ministry. They recently arrived in the Philippines with the goal of starting the seminary in June of 2019.