TCA College (Singapore)

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TCA College
TCA College logo.png
Type Seminary
Established 1979
Location Singapore, Singapore
1°19′52″N 103°53′20″E / 1.331°N 103.889°E / 1.331; 103.889Coordinates: 1°19′52″N 103°53′20″E / 1.331°N 103.889°E / 1.331; 103.889
Website www.tca.edu.sg

TCA College (Singapore) is an accredited multi-disciplinary college founded by Trinity Christian Center (Singapore) in 1979. It started as a Bible College in Singapore and is now one of the largest local Pentecostal/Charismatic accredited institutions.

History[edit]

TCA College began as a vision conceived by Rev Dr Naomi Dowdy, former Senior Pastor of Trinity Christian Centre and Chancellor of the College, for the purpose of providing ministerial training with the Bachelor of Theology program and other degree programs so as to advance the Gospel message and to amply prepare leaders for service to churches and the Christian community.[1]

1979 Trinity School of Bible commenced with her first cohort of bible students at 23 Adam Road.1983 Formal lectures were conducted and the name of the school was changed to Theological Centre for Asia (TCA).

In response to the need of its community, the Bachelor of Ministry was launched in 1990, along with the Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Theology programs. In 1992, TCA introduced the Masters in Bible and Missions (currently named Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies); in 1995 the Master of Divinity; in 2000 the Master of Arts in Ministry. In 2007, the Bachelor of Ministry program was assimilated into the Bachelor of Theology program.

The Chinese Department started in 1997 with the Certificate in Ministry and Master of Arts in Ministry programs. The Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Theology were later introduced in 1999, and the Bachelor of Ministry and Master of Divinity was launched in 2005. In 2012 Term 3, School of Theology Chinese launched her MTh program.

2005 Rev Dominic Yeo was appointed and installed as Vice-Chancellor.

2006The Appointment and installation of Rev Dr Wilson Teo as the third President of TCA. The vision to become a multi-disciplinary college was birthed. Four Schools were launched and they are namely: School of Counseling, School of Creative Arts, School of Leadership and School of Divinity. To mark this expansion, the name of TCA was changed to TCA College.

2007 TCA College moved to spanking new premises in Trinity@Paya Lebar at 249 Paya Lebar Road. During the same period, the School of Leadership at TCA College, in partnership with Azusa Pacific University (APU), began its program: Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

2011The conferment of recognition from the Singapore Association for Counseling (SAC) to the School of Counseling for its Post Graduate Diploma program. The Center for Counseling was also inaugurated and designated as a centre where clinical and professional counseling services are provided for members of the broader community. In November 2013, the Master of Arts in Counseling program was given the same recognition by the SAC.

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Schools and current programmes[edit]

School of Theology[edit]

The School of Theology provides seminary education to train both pastors and lay people for ministry.

The English Department offers the following programmes: Certificate in Ministry, Diploma in Theology, Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, Masters of Arts in Ministry, and Master of Theology.[3]

The Chinese Department offers several programmes in Mandarin: Certificate in Ministry, Diploma in Theology, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Theology.

School of Counselling[edit]

The School of Counselling offers a Master of Arts in Counselling and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counselling.[4] These programs provide faith-based counselor training that meets professional benchmarks set by the Singapore Association for Counseling (SAC) and the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP).[5]

School of Leadership[edit]

The School of Leadership offers a fully online Master of Arts in Christian Leadership.[6] This is a joint program with Life Pacific College in the US.[7]

Graduation Ceremonies[edit]

Accreditations and Partnerships[edit]

TCA College is recognised by Ministry of Education (Singapore) as a religious school. Its programmes are also globally recognised by Asia Pacific Theological Association, Asia Theological Association, Life Pacific College, USA, and Singapore Association for Counselling.[citation needed]

Location[edit]

TCA College is located at Paya Lebar Singapore. The building is also located along the Circle MRT Line, between the MacPherson MRT Station and Tai Seng MRT Station.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

No Date Convocation Address Speaker Venue
21st 2010 Dr Michael Whyte

Professor and Provost Emeritus, Azusa Pacific University

22nd 2011 Dr Kevin W Mannoia
Professor of Ministry & Chaplain, Azusa Pacific University
23rd 2012 Rev T. Ray Rachels

Southwest Area Executive Presbyter of the Assemblies of God, USA

24th 2013 Rev Dr Wee Boon Hup

Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore

25th 2014 Right Revd Rennis Ponniah

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore

26th 2015 Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai

Chairman of the Evangelical Free Churches of Singapore

27th 2016 Dr Jim Adams

President, Life Pacific College

28th 2017 Bishop Dr Chong Chin Chung

Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore