Tabor College Australia

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Tabor College, Australia
Motto "Witnesses of His Majesty" (2 Peter 1:16)
Established 1979
Type Christian tertiary education


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Location Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Australia
Campus Miranda, New South Wales, Millswood, South Australia, Mount Lawley, Western Australia, Mulgrave, Victoria

Tabor College was an Australian Christian tertiary college offering a range of liberal arts courses from certificate to post-graduate studies in the areas of counseling, education, ministry, performing arts, mission, youth studies and humanities. The original college known as The House of Tabor was based in Adelaide, South Australia.

The successor organisations are:


Tabor had its origins in the then Christian Revival Crusade (now CRC Churches International), a Pentecostal denomination. It has retained its charismatic ethos and established itself as a liberal arts institution with many students and faculty coming from mainline churches. These include the Anglican, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Uniting Church in Australia churches, as well as many Pentecostal groups. Tabor seeks to ensure all its programs are: Scripture-based, Christ-centred, academically sound, ministry-oriented, positively expressed and spiritually empowered.[1]

Tabor's founding principal was Pastor Barry Chant, now retired from pastor of the International Congregation at Wesley Mission in Sydney. Chant is the author of several books including a history of Pentecostalism in Australia called Heart of Fire (1984, Adelaide: Tabor). Chant started the college in Adelaide with co-founder Dennis Slape.

The name and logo of the college refers to Mount Tabor, Israel which, according to Christian tradition, was the site of the Transfiguration of Christ described in the gospels.

Expansion and partnerships[edit]

The college expanded with new campuses in Melbourne in 1988 and Sydney and Perth in 1992. The Adelaide campus, formerly including the national headquarters, is housed in National Trust heritage listed buildings in Goodwood, which were formerly an orphanage and more recently an education centre.

Kingsley College merged its higher education courses with Tabor Victoria in January 2008.[7] In 2012 Tabor Victoria and Stirling Theological College formed the EAST alliance.[8][9]

Each college is now a separate institution and offers its own awards.


The admission process for undergraduates is based on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank and interviews held between the applicants and faculty.


The various Tabor Colleges offer awards in theology, ministry and divinity.

Tabor Adelaide offers undergraduate Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry and Bachelor of Intercultural Studies degrees, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in humanities, Bachelor of Social Science degrees in Counseling or Youthwork, and a variety of Bachelor of Education degrees. Tabor Adelaide also offers masters degrees in all its faculties. The Year in the Son program was originally developed in Adelaide and has now expanded to other campuses.

Tabor Victoria offers a Bachelor of Arts with majors in counselling and English. Tabor Victoria also offers a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary). The college offers a range two graduate diplomas, and a Master of Arts in Church Practice (Aid and Development).


Tabor Colleges have formal links with a range of allied organisations including the South Pacific Association of Bible Colleges, the Association of Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges of Australasia,[10] the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association,[11] Unilinc[12] and Missions Interlink.[13]

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Coordinates: 34°58′15.93″S 138°33′31.14″E / 34.9710917°S 138.5586500°E / -34.9710917; 138.5586500