EGST has three owners:
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus(EECMY) 40%
Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) 40%
Evangelical Churches’ Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE) 20%
EGST is governed by a constitution. The school is overseen by the Council of Owners and by the Board, to whom the administration of the school is fully accountable.
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY)
At the turn of the 19th Century, Ethiopian Christians began proclaiming the Gospel with the help of Lutheran and Presbyterian Missions in Ethiopia. From these joint efforts the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) was instituted as a national Church on January 21, 1959.
In the 1970s the EECMY developed the theme, "Serving the Whole Person," later on referred to as “holistic ministry.” This has throughout the years been a guiding principle for all Church work, be it evangelism or development. The concern is not only for the spiritual need of a person, but also for the physical and human needs.
At the end of 2011, the EECMY had 7,470 established congregations and 3,006 preaching places in 21 synods and five work areas.
In 2011 the EECMY had 5.8 million members. This growth has made the EECMY the largest Lutheran Church in Africa.
Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC)
The Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) is one of the prominent and fruitful evangelical denominations in Ethiopia. The pioneers in the Church were native Ethiopians and SIM missionaries who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the great commission.
Since its establishment in December 1927, the Church has focused on holistic ministry in fulfilling its mission. EKHC has made a significant contribution in building evangelical Christianity and in addressing the development needs in Ethiopia. The Church has survived seasons of severe suffering and persecutions. God has blessed the Church abundantly to reach unreached people groups and to focus in discipleship programs.
Currently, the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church comprises more than 7
million members and more than 8,000 local Churches across the nation. EKHC is home for people from multi-ethnic background, different age groups, diverse socio-economic background and people in rural and urban settings. EKHC is running various spiritual ministries and development interventions. God has helped EKHC to reach to this end but we believe that the best performance is yet to come to expand the God’s Kingdom on earth.
Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE)
ECFE is an umbrella organization with the purpose of increasing coordination of member church activities for the promotion of fellowship and cooperation in Ethiopia. ECFE’s membership has now increased to approximately 40 denominations. In addition, 29 para-church organizations within Ethiopia and a number of Ethiopian evangelical churches in Diaspora are represented as associate members.