Trinity Theological College, Perth
|Trinity Theological College|
|Principal||Rev Dr Donald S West|
|Academic staff||7 plus visiting lecturers|
|Location||Perth, Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia
Trinity Theological College is located in Leederville, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It is an independent evangelical Christian college which exists in order to "Prepare people for effective Christian service". Its students come from a diverse range of denominations and church affiliations. The courses at Trinity are provided through the Australian College of Theology.
Trinity Centre for Biblical Theology
The Centre for Biblical Theology was launched in July 2013 as part of the Trinity Symposium. Trinity's focus on Biblical Theology seeks to impact the way that students and staff are nurtured at the College and contribute to worldwide scholarly discussion on the interpretation of the Bible.
Studying at Trinity
Trinity offers courses from certificate to doctoral level. All courses, except the Certificate of Christian Studies and the new Certificate of Ministry, are provided through the Australian College of Theology.
- Certificate Courses
- Certificate of Christian Studies: Evening classes run in six week blocks each term at the College or at locations in the metropolitan area (known as Trinity@Night) or regional centres in Western Australia (known as Trinity in Town). Modes of study are 'attendance only' or 'credit' which counts towards the Certificate of Christian Studies (successful completion of 8 units) and the Advanced Certificate of Christian Studies (12 units).
- Certificate of Ministry: A course that provides additional instruction and reflection on ministry practice and contemporary culture. It sits alongside the College's three year degrees programmes. This course can only be completed in attendance mode.
- Undergraduate Study
- Bachelor of Theology Degree (BTh): A three year full-time (or up to nine years part-time) degree. It provides strong biblical foundations for a wide range of Christian service, such as church pastor, Bible teacher, chaplain, evangelist, youth pastor, religious education teacher or missionary and it is a standard requirement of most denominational accreditation bodies.
- Diploma of Theology (DipTheol): A one year full-time course (or four year part-time) nested within the BTh, intended to provide a sound biblical and theological framework for those who are preparing for service as a lay person in their local church, workplace or in missionary service in an area of prior training.
- Graduate Level Study
- The Master of Divinity (MDiv): A three year full-time (or up to nine years part-time) degree for those who have completed a degree at an Australian university or equivalent in an area other than theology. It is delivered at a more rigorous level than BTh, with an accent on leadership.
- The Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GradDipDiv): A one year full-time course (or four year part-time) nested within the MDiv, intended to provide a sound biblical and theological framework for those who are preparing for service as a lay person in their local church, workplace or in missionary service in an area of prior training.
- Post Graduate Study
- Master of Arts (Theology) MA (Th). This course is offered in part-time intensive mode for those who have completed a BTh or MDiv and are in pastoral ministry and desire to extend their knowledge.
- Master of Theology (MTh) or Doctor of Theology (ThD). Trinity offers postgraduate research through Australian College of Theology in conjunction with Vose Seminary for those who have completed a previous theological degree at the appropriate level.
History of the College
Trinity was formed during 1997 when the Perth Centre for Applied Christian Studies (PCACS) under the leadership of Dr Allan Chapple and Westminster Theological College (Perth) under Dr Steve Rarig merged following two years of prayer, planning, and preparations. The College was located at Bull Creek Westminster Presbyterian Church until May 2004 when it moved to a purpose designed College "Trinity House" in Leederville .
Academic staff and occasional lecturers
- Rev'd Dr Donald West
- Principal, Dean of Studies
- Dr Allan Chapple
- Dr David L Baker
- Dr Matthew R Malcolm
- Senior Lecturer in New Testament
- Author of various papers and the book: "The World of 1 Corinthians","Paul and the Rhetoric of Reversal in 1 Corinthians: the Impact of Paul's Gospel on his Macro Rhetoric". Matthew R Malcolm and Stanley E Porter have coedited: “Horizons in Hermeneutics: A Festschrift in Honour of Anthony C Thiselton” and “The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics”
- Miss Clare Deeves
- Director of Women's Ministry Development
- Lecturer in Church History
- Rev Martin Foord
- Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Church History
- Emeritus Professor Ian Malcolm
- Acting Vice Principal, Visiting Lecturer and Academic Counsellor
- Mr Stuart Manning, Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew
- Rt Rev Dr Anthony Nichols
- Mrs Judith Nichols
- Visiting Lecturer in Missiology
- Dr Kaye Malcolm
- Academic Counsellor
Alumni - Where are they now
The majority of Trinity graduates are in full- and part-time ministries in Perth, WA, Australia or overseas. They include pastors, missionaries, theological educators, youth and children ministers, lay ministers and teachers. The denominational affiliation of alumni include Anglican, Baptist, Westminster Presbyterian, Independent, Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Brethren, Alliance and Christian Reformed. Alumni include the following:
- Bishop James Kwang (MDiv 1997 WTC)
- Bishop of the Chinese Methodist Church in Australia, Perth
- Rev Dr Matthew Brain (BTh 2001)
- Lecturer in Youth Ministry, Charles Sturt University
- Author of many papers and books including: "Engage: How The Church Can Reconnect With Young People"
- Trinity Theological College, Our Purpose
- Australian College of Theology
- Application of BTh to Christian Service
- History of Trinity Theological college
- A Gospel Pageant: Reader’s Guide to the Book of Revelation ISBN 1743240120 Mosaic
- Preaching: A Guidebook for Beginners ISBN 9781906327149 Latimer
- Two Testaments, One Bible ISBN 0-8308-1421-3 Intervarsity
- Tight Fists or Open Hands? Wealth and Poverty in Old Testament Law ISBN 978-0-8028-6283-9 Eerdmans
- The World of 1 Corinthians ISBN 1842277421 Paternoster
- Paul and the Rhetoric of Reversal in 1 Corinthians: the Impact of Paul's Gospel on his Macro Rhetoric ISBN 9781107032095 SNTS Monograph Series
- Horizons in Hermeneutics: A Festschrift in Honour of Anthony C Thiselton ISBN 978-0-8028-6927-2 Eerdmans
- The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics ISBN 978-0-8308-4041-0 IVP
- Jesus in all the Scriptures ISBN 978-1-921137-94-5 Aquila
- Mirror of the Soul ISBN 1875861270
- Engage: How The Church Can Reconnect With Young People ISBN 978-1-921577-08-6 Barton books