Onesimos Nesib Seminary

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Onesimos Nesib Seminary (ONS) is one of Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) seminaries located in Aira, Western Ethiopia.


The seminary is the result of the work of the German Hermannsburg Mission settled in the Western Region of Ethiopia and the dream of the former Western Synod to have well trained theologians in order to prepare them to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in the country.

Onesimos Nesib:

Onesimos Nesib (about 1856 – 21 June 1931) was a native Oromo who converted to Lutheran Christianity and translated the Christian Bible into the Oromo language. His parents named him Hika as a baby, meaning “Translator”; he took the name “Onesimus”, after the Biblical character, upon converting to Christianity.