Moore Theological College
|Religious affiliation||Diocese of Sydney
Anglican Church of Australia
|Location||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Moore Theological College, otherwise known simply as Moore College, is the theological training seminary of the Diocese of Sydney in the Anglican Church of Australia. The college has a strong tradition of conservative, Calvinist and evangelical theology.
The college is one of the largest Anglican seminaries in the world, with full-time enrolments numbering in the hundreds and a first year enrolment of 136 in 2006. The college has had 13 principals and over 4000 graduates. It has also served to train ministers in the Presbyterian Church of Australia and has also trained many Baptists who are sympathetic to the Reformed tradition. The college has also trained missionaries, church planters and independent church pastors.
Moore has also trained other Christian workers including: women’s, children’s, youth, families’ and assistant ministers. Moore graduates also serve as school chaplains, Christian studies teachers and scripture teachers, university and church evangelists, cross-cultural workers, AFES staff workers, social workers, community workers, hospital and nursing home/retirement village chaplains and refugee advocacy workers.
Moore College was opened by the Anglican Bishop of Sydney, Frederic Barker, in Liverpool, New South Wales on 1 March 1856 (making 2006 the 150th anniversary of foundation) in the former home of Thomas Moore. When Moore died in 1840 he left his substantial estate to the Church of England with specific provision for the founding of a college to train young men in the principles of the United Church of England and Ireland.
In 1891 the college was moved to Newtown adjacent to the University of Sydney. The college has numerous buildings in the surrounding area, the latest building opened was the Broughton Knox Teaching Centre in 1994. Training for Christian ministry is provided for both male and female students.
The Reverend Mark Thompson was appointed by the college's governing board, on 30 November 2012, to become the 13th principal following the retirement of the Reverend John Woodhouse. Thompson became principal on 12 May 2013 and was officially installed in the position by the Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, in a service at St Andrew's Cathedral on 6 June 2013.
The Moore College Library is the largest theological library in the Southern Hemisphere, with close to 300,000 works in its collection. It also houses numerous manuscripts and other items of significance to Anglican, Australian and Evangelical history.
Well known Moore College theologians and writers have included Broughton Knox, Donald Robinson, Paul Barnett, Peter Jensen, Graeme Goldsworthy, Peter O'Brien, David Peterson, Barry Webb, Peter Bolt, Mark D. Thompson, and Andrew Shead. Through the influence of Moore College, Sydney Anglicanism has maintained its distinctive Evangelical perspective within worldwide Anglicanism.
Most of the college's students are also employed in Christian ministry at churches throughout Sydney as well as an increasing Asian Australian outreach with people such as Gordon Cheng, Peter Ko and Steve Chong.
The college previously hosted a bookstore, Moore Books, which closed to the public in 2012. It has continued as an internal bookstore for students.
Moore College teaches subjects in three key areas: of Biblical studies (Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical theology, Hebrew, Greek) Christian thought (doctrine, ethics, church history, philosophy) and Christian ministry (ministry and mission). There is an emphasis on study of the Bible in the original languages, and practical experience for students in Christian ministry.
The college holds the annual Moore College Lectures and the Moore College School of Theology, which are open to students and the public. Many of these lecture series have been subsequently published. Guests at Moore College's lectures have included theologians from the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, including J.I. Packer, F.F. Bruce, D.A. Carson, Kenneth Kantzer, Henri Blocher, M.J. Ovey, Ashley Null, Gerald Bray and Chris Green.
Since the 1940s the college's Department of External Studies has trained lay preachers within the Diocese of Sydney. These students initially attended evening lectures but the course was gradually offered by correspondence.
The department still runs evening lectures as well as a more fully developed correspondence course offered at three levels: the Preliminary Theological Certificate, the Certificate in Theology and the Diploma in Biblical Studies. In 2006 there were just under 2000 students enrolled in correspondence course subjects. This course is also used in several other countries including Nigeria and India. Translation is under way into Chinese, Tamil, Hindi and Hausa languages.
Accreditation and courses
In the early 20th century the college prepared people for the University of Durham's Licentiate of Theology. Later the standard award of the college was the Licentiate of Theology through the Australian College of Theology. From 1958 to 1986, around 200 students were prepared for the external Bachelor of Divinity degree of London University. During this period the college also began preparing students for the Australian College of Theology's Bachelor of Theology degree.
In 1992 the college gained the right to award its own Bachelor of Divinity degree for its four year program. This degree and the three year Bachelor of Theology degree were accredited by the NSW Department of Education and Training. The college was given self-accrediting authority in 2011.
The college offers a number of degrees and diplomas, including a Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology and various masters degrees. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in association with both the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.
- The Revd Canon M.D. Thompson – Principal and Head of Theology. Lectures in theology
- The Revd W.H. Salier – Vice Principal. Lectures in New Testament and ministry
- The Revd G.D. Anderson – Head of Missions. Lectures in missions
- The Revd G. Athas – Director of Post-Graduate Studies. Lectures in Hebrew, Old Testament, church history and patristics
- The Revd C.R. Bale – lectures in church history and ministry
- The Revd P.G. Bolt – Head of New Testament. Lectures in New Testament
- The Revd A.J.B. Cameron – lectures in ethics and philosophy. Director of the Centre for Christian Living
- The Revd K.G. Condie – Dean of Students. Lectures in ministry and church history
- The Revd R.J. Gibson – lectures in New Testament and church history
- The Revd D.A. Höhne – lectures in theology and philosophy
- P.H. Kern – lectures in New Testament
- The Revd A.M. Leslie – lectures in theology
- The Revd A.P. Poulos – Head of Ministry and lectures in ministry
- The Revd A.G. Shead – Head of Old Testament and lectures in Old Testament
- T.J. Thornley – Dean of Women
- J.M. Tooher – Head of Women's Ministry, Director of Priscilla and Aquila Centre
- P.R. Williamson – lectures in Old Testament
- The Revd D. Wu – lectures in Old Testament
- Paul Barnett, former Bishop of North Sydney (1990–2001), New Testament scholar, ancient historian
- Peter Brain, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Armidale (2000–2012)
- John Chapman, evangelist
- Graham A. Cole, Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Alabama
- Glenn Davies, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney (2013–present)
- Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney (2001–2013)
- Phillip Jensen, Dean of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney
- Marcus Loane, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney from 1966–1982 and Primate of Australia from 1978–1982. He was the first Australian-born Archbishop of Sydney and also the first Australian-born archbishop within the Anglican Church of Australia.
- Peter T. O'Brien, author, New Testament scholar, former head of New Testament at Moore
- David G. Peterson, former principal of Oak Hill Theological College, London, author and New Testament scholar
- Michael Raiter, former principal of Melbourne School of Theology
- Stuart Robinson, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn (2009–present)
- Al Stewart, former Anglican Bishop of Wollongong (2007–2010)
- Barry Webb, Old Testament scholar, author, former head of Old Testament at Moore
- John Woodhouse, Old Testament scholar and commentator, former principal
- Michael Youssef, founding pastor of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia. Founder of Leading the Way television and radio ministry
- William Hodgson (1856–1867)
- Robert Lethbridge King (1868–1878)
- Arthur Lukyn Williams (1878–1884)
- Thomas Ernest Hill (1885–1888)
- Bernard Schleicher (1891–1897)
- Nathaniel Jones (1897–1911)
- David John Davies (1911–1935)
- Thomas Chatterton Hammond (1936–1953)
- Marcus Laurence Loane (1954–1958)
- David Broughton Knox (1959–1985)
- Peter Frederick Jensen (1985–2001)
- John William Woodhouse (2002–2013)
- Mark Donald Thompson (2013–present)
- Details of Moore College Collection
- Darling, B. (2009). “Sydney and Melbourne Anglicans from 1836 to 2009: Historical and personal reflections"
- Number of Moore Correspondence Course students in Sydney, 2006
- Use of Moore Correspondence Course in Nigeria, with the Bible Training Partnership
- Use of Moore Correspondence Course in India, with the India Training Mission Team
- Details of Correspondence Course Translation Projects
- Graham Cole's profile at Beeson Divinity School