The Founder

Dirk Wood was born-again in 1975.  By 1977, God began to place within him the burning desire to be an evangelist.  He obtained a Bachelor and Master of Theology Degree from Liberty Bible College in Florida, and a Doctor of Theology Degree from International Seminary in Florida.  In 1985, God spoke to Dirk to leave his hometown and take His Word to other nations.  The message came loud and clear to Dirk through Isaiah 60, "Arise, shine, for the light has come ... and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."  Thus came the theme and name of the ministry -- Arise & Shine Evangelistic Association.

Dirk's original vision to evangelize the Philippines grew into a vision to train Filipinos to evangelize.  His commitment to daily Bible reading on a consecutive basis has become a burden to challenge Christians to commit themselves to Bible reading.  Using the Schools of Bibliology and Arise Shine Christian Theological Seminary, the vision and burden are coming to pass in the Philippines.  Because of the growth in this area of the ministry, Dirk pursued his education further in order to provide a high quality of education in the Arise & Shine Schools.  He returned to school and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Theology in December 1991 from International Seminary in Florida.