Presbyterian Theological College
|Motto||Doctus in Regno Cœlorum (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"Trained for the Kingdom of Heaven"|
|Affiliation||Presbyterian Church of Victoria, Presbyterian Church of Australia|
|Peter Hastie, Jared Hood, Felix Chung|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Campus||Box Hill, Victoria, Australia|
The Presbyterian Theological College (PTC) is the theological college of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. It provides theological education for candidates for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, as well as for members of other Christian churches. It is an approved teaching institution of the Australian College of Theology and is based in the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill.
The Presbyterian Theological College traces back its existence to 1866, when the Theological Hall of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria was formed. From 1868 the College was run from Chalmers Church in the suburb of Eastern Hill. In 1871, it was moved to the Old Assembly Hall in Collins Street, Melbourne, then 10 years later in 1881 to Ormond College, University of Melbourne.
In 1974, however, the whole staff of the theological hall opted to join with the Uniting Church. The continuing Presbyterian Church of Victoria opened a provisional theological hall in Hawthorn, with only a handful of staff and students. The college relocated to the top floor of the Assembly Hall building in Melbourne in 1977, and in 1986 purchased its current campus in Box Hill to accommodate increase in enrollments.
The Box Hill campus buildings were approved for renovation and extension in 1990, with the full programme of works completed by 1996 with the expansion of the Swanton Library.
The operation of the College is vested by the Theological Education Committee (TEC), which is a committee of General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia (GAA).
The TEC meets regularly at the College, and is principally responsible for the admission of candidates, and supervision of the course of training.
The first principal of the newly formed college was the Reverend Robert Swanton. He was succeeded by the Reverend Allan Harman in 1982. who served until his retirement in 2001, and then the Reverend Douglas Milne until his retirement in 2011. The Reverend Peter Hastie was appointed as principal for a ten-year term from 2012.
The PTC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate qualifications, with the majority accredited through the Australian College of Theology (ACT). Qualifications offered include the Diploma of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts (Theology), Master of Divinity, and the Doctor of Philosophy.
While the college's main strength is preparing candidates for full-time ministry as pastors of churches, various courses are available with special focus on mission, counselling, theology or practical ministry. The college also offers several short courses and intensives throughout the year which are open for audit to the public.
Presbyterian ministry candidates
The college is one of three authorised to train men for the ordained ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The academic requirements for candidates for the Presbyterian ministry are set by the General Assembly of Australia (GAA) and administered by the College Committee of the GAA. In accordance with the doctrinal standards of the church and the regulations of the college committee, candidates undertake four years full-time training, including the study of both Hebrew and Greek.
Other student groups include the PTC Women's Group, founded to provide fellowship, support and training to the wives and fiances of ministry candidates.
The College's library is named after the Reverend Robert Swanton, the first principal of the PTC. A generous bequest upon his death allowed the library to be funded.
Today, the library has over 26,000 volumes and subscribes to approximately 140 periodicals.
- Presbyterian Theological Centre, the sister college in Sydney
- Queensland Theological College, the sister college in Brisbane
- Australian College of Theology, the accrediting body for most awards at the College
- Presbyterian Church of Victoria, which operates the College
- Presbyterian Church of Australia, which sets training standards for the College
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- College Web site
- The Swanton Library
- The Presbyterian Church of Victoria
- The Presbyterian Church of Australia
- The Australian College of Theology