St John's College, Auckland

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St John's Theological College
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St John's College Chapel, ca 1900.jpg
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Motto in English
"Enabling Missional Leaders"
TypeAnglican Seminary
Established1843; 180 years ago (1843)
Religious affiliation
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
EndowmentNZ$470 million
PrincipalRev. Canon Tony Gerritson
Panorama of St John's college Tamaki Auckland St John's College 1862 by Caroline Harriet Abraham[1]

The College of St John the Evangelist or St Johns Theological College, is the residential theological college of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

The site at Meadowbank in Auckland is the base for theological education for the three Tikanga of the Province with ministry formation onsite as well as diploma level teaching in the regions across New Zealand and Polynesia.  The College has partnerships with various other tertiary providers of degrees in theology.  The College celebrates our diversity as a people of faith honouring varied histories, traditions, and links with Anglican communities both within this Province and beyond. St Johns is proud to have faculty and alumni of the College working around the globe.

The College was established in 1843 by George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, initially at Te Waimate mission.[2]

The College, through the St John's College Trust Board, is one of the best endowed theological colleges in the Anglican Communion, with assets in 2014 of NZ$293m.[3][4] It was subject to a critical review of its financial sustainability in 2014.[5]

Relationships with other organisations[edit]

St. John's College and Chapel, Auckland ca 1911

It previously had an on-site ecumenical partnership with Trinity Methodist Theological College, the theological college of the Methodist Church of New Zealand. However, St John's College now only has Anglican students.

Academic study[edit]

It taught the Licentiate in Theology (LTh) for the Joint Board of Theological Studies from 1968.

Later it offered Melbourne College of Divinity degrees, primarily the BD. From 1993 it offered the University of Auckland BTheol.

Undergraduate ordinands study a NZ Diploma in Christian Studies and then undertake the remaining years of their theology degree at Laidlaw College, Carey College or the University of Otago.

Other lay and ordained persons around NZ study the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies regionally (through weekend intensives) and by FlexiLearn (a distance learning programme with live online classes).

The John Kinder Theological Library[edit]

The John Kinder Theological Library Te Puna Atuatanga is the library and archives for the college as well as for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia. Although based on the St John's College site, it also has responsibilities to the whole Church and all its theological educational enterprises. It is named after John Kinder, a former principal of the college.[6]

Notable alumni and alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ Panorama,, retrieved 29 June 2014
  2. ^ Limbrick, Warren E. (1990). "Selwyn, George Augustus". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. ^ The St John's College Trust Board report to Synod, "The church faces many challenges", 14 May 2014. In 2012 Princeton Theological Seminary had endowments of US$867m and the next richest American seminary, the University of Denver (Colorado Seminary), had US$373m. The next richest, the Columbia Theological Seminary had US$165m
  4. ^ "Almanach of Higher Education 2013".
  5. ^ The St John's College Trust Board report to Synod, "The church faces many challenges", 14 May 2014
  6. ^ "The John Kinder Theological Library". St John's College, Auckland. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Obituary". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. LII, no. 16114. 31 December 1915. p. 7. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  8. ^ "An Open Secret". Poverty Bay Herald. Vol. XLVII, no. 15266. 14 July 1920. p. 5. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Education Department". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]. 1897. p. 168.
  10. ^ "Dr. Wallaston". The Week. Brisbane, Queensland. 18 February 1912. p. 13.

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Coordinates: 36°52′25″S 174°50′27″E / 36.8735°S 174.8408°E / -36.8735; 174.8408