Moorlands College is an Evangelical Christian Training College in Sopley, Christchurch, Dorset, and all degree courses are validated by the University of Gloucestershire. The college is non-denominational and acclaims a "Statement of Faith" that is shared by several Evangelical Christian organisations.
Founder David Clifford was inspired to found a bible training school in 1947, and in 1948 he opened Matlock Bible College in Matlock, Derbyshire with eight students. John Welch was the first principal of Matlock, with Clifford as Vice Principal.
In March 1955, the college moved from Matlock to Dawlish, and was renamed Moorlands Bible College. In 1968, the college moved to Verwood in Dorset, and then two years later, in 1970, it moved to its current location in Christchurch.
Rev Dr Steve Brady is the current principal of Moorlands College. Rev Dr Brady is involved in lecturing, specialising in New Testament and Greek. Rev Dr Brady became a Christian in his teens and went on to work in Local Government. Prior to college life, Rev Dr Brady served at pastorates in Buckinghamshire, Leicester, East London and Bournemouth.
Courses of study
Moorlands College offers various course in Applied Theology. They run one year programmes to help to prepare students to embark on a degree programme or stand alone gap years. Moorlands often undergraduate course in Applied Theology with various areas of specialisms from Cross Cultural studies, Missional Leadership, Children and Schools, Community and Families and Youth and Community work studies. The youth and community courses include a JNC Professional Qualification.
Moorlands also offers MA programmes in Applied Theology, also with areas of focus in Christian Leadership, Preaching, Family, Children and Community, and Youth and Community Studies, also including a JNC Qualification.
Moorlands also offers a wide range of short courses and an evening class each year.
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