TCA College (Singapore)
|President||Rev. Dominic Yeo (interim)|
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.
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.
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.
Schools and current programmes
School of Theology
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.
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
The School of Counselling offers a Master of Arts in Counselling and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counselling. 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).
School of Leadership
|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
Accreditations and Partnerships
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.