Students come from all states of Australia, and range in age from 19 to 70 years. Their educational background ranges from marginal literacy to those with a degree.
Mamarapha College is a Registered Training Organisation and awards range from Certificate 1 through to 4 year Advanced Diploma. Study is offered via study blocks (‘intensives’) for some courses while ministers in training study full time for their second and third year, then learn on-the-job with a minister in the field for their fourth year.
Mamarapha College was set up by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1997 to train indigenous pastors and members in bible and ministry skills. Mamarapha is a composite from western desert Aboriginal languages and Hebrew – meaning ‘God makes whole’. Personal spiritual development is the primary focus of the college and learning to minister to others is another focus of the program.