Stirling Theological College

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Stirling Theological College is the national ministry and theological teaching college for the Conference of Churches of Christ in Australia and a college of University of Divinity. Stirling exists to form God's people for leadership, mission and ministry. It offers university level awards that range from Bachelor of Theology (B Theol) through to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the University of Divinity. It has also contributed widely to the governance of the university (formerly Melbourne College of Divinity) including the supply of three Presidents of the Council (Dr K R Bowes, 1978-79; Dr W Tabbernee, 1986-1987; and Mrs MA Kitchen OAM, 2004-05). Dr AF Menzies is currently Deputy-Chancellor of the university (2012-present).


It was established in 1907 in Carlton, Victoria by HG Harward as the College of the Bible. Between 1910 and 1988 the college was located in Glen Iris. It changed its name to Churches of Christ Theological College in 1989 when it moved to its current location at 44-60 Jacksons Road, Mulgrave and in September 2011 changed its name to Stirling Theological College.

In 1910, the Principal, AR Main determined the College's purpose which still stands today, "The chief purpose of the College is to provide Biblical instruction and to furnish ample facilities in education for Christian ministry… to encourage an impartial and unbiased investigation of the Christian Scriptures, and in the spirit of devout faith in the Divine Word, freely to lay under tribute every source of light and truth available to modern scholarship."

In 1975, CCTC and Whitley College established the Evangelical Theological Association which lasted until 2005. Stirling is a Registered Teaching Institution of the University of Divinity and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and research) theology degrees.

Notable alumni[edit]


Past Principals of COB/CCTC/Stirling have been:

1907 - 1910 HG Harward.

1910 - 1938 AR Main.

1938 - 1944 TH Scambler.

1944 - 1973 EL Williams.

1974 - 1980 KR Bowes.

1981 - 1990 W Tabbernee.

1993 - 1999 GO Elsdon.

2000 - 2009 MA Kitchen, OAM.

2010 - present AF Menzies.

In 2011 Stirling invited Tabor College Victoria to co-locate to the Stirling campus in Mulgrave. Both Colleges enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship although there is no formal relationship and courses are taught separately under different accreditation.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 296. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 

Coordinates: 37°55′41″S 145°11′42″E / 37.928°S 145.195°E / -37.928; 145.195