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Ernest Shams is a retired military officer, who joined the Pakistan Military Academy’s 22nd War Course in August 1969 and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in March 1970. He served 25 years and retired in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in September 1994. After graduating from Peshawar University in 1967, he was a student in the Gujranwala Theological Seminary. This was the result of a higher calling which he had received early in his youth. However, he left the seminary without graduating and joined the Pakistan Army. He fought the 1971 Pakistan-India war in the Badin Sector. During service he attended the 1981 Staff Course in Quetta and the1983 Gunnery Staff Course in Malir Cantonment and was awarded psc and g+.

Through his wife he came into direct contact with Rev Dr K L Nasir, whose scholarly status is still a dream for present-day clergy. Rev Dr K L Nasir was former Principal of the Gujranwala Theological Seminary. He remembered Ernest from his seminary days and began to re-orient him to biblical studies. Finally, while still an active military officer, Ernest earned degrees in Master of Divinity and Master of Theology which led to his Ordination in the Presbyterian Church in 1990.

Today, he wears several hats: that of the Presbyterian Education Board, the Pakistan Bible Correspondence Institute and the Sialkot Mission Area Fund for Education. Another hat that he wears belongs to Houbara Foundation International Pakistan where he works for conservation of the wild migratory bird “Houbara Bustard” since 1996.



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