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 the University of Divinity. Stirling exists to form 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) degree 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 (K. R. Bowes, 1978-79; W. Tabbernee, 1986-1987; and M. A. Kitchen, 2004-05). A. F. Menzies is currently deputy-chancellor of the university (2012-present).


The college was established in 1907 in Carlton, Victoria by H. G. Harward as the College of the Bible. From 1910 to 1988 it 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, A. R. 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."[citation needed]

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]


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 have a mutually beneficial relationship although there is no formal relationship and courses are taught separately under different accreditation.


  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. 

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