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Tabor College, Australia
Tabor College Australia logo.jpg
Motto"Witnesses of His Majesty" (2 Peter 1:16)
TypeChristian tertiary education
CampusMillswood, South Australia, Forrestfield, Western Australia

Tabor College is an Australian Christian tertiary college offering a range of liberal arts courses from certificate to post-graduate studies in the areas of counselling, education, ministry, performing arts, mission, youth studies and humanities. The college is based in Adelaide, South Australia with a campus in Perth. The Adelaide campus, formerly including the national headquarters, is housed in National Trust heritage listed buildings in Millswood, which were formerly the Goodwood Orphanage and more recently an education centre.


Tabor had its origins in the then Christian Revival Crusade (now CRC Churches International), a Pentecostal denomination. It has retained its charismatic ethos and established itself as a liberal arts institution with many students and faculty coming from mainline churches. These include the Anglican, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Uniting Church in Australia churches, as well as many Pentecostal groups. Tabor seeks to ensure all its programmes are: Scripture-based, Christ-centred, academically sound, ministry-oriented, positively expressed and spiritually empowered.[1]

Tabor's founding principal was Pastor Barry Chant, now retired from the role of pastor of the International Congregation at Wesley Mission in Sydney. Chant is the author of several books including a history of Pentecostalism in Australia called Heart of Fire (1984, Adelaide: Tabor). Chant started the college in Adelaide with co-founder Dennis Slape.

The name and logo of the college refers to Mount Tabor, Israel which, according to Christian tradition, was the site of the Transfiguration of Christ described in the gospels and Second Epistle of Peter.

Expansion and partnerships[edit]

The college expanded with new campuses in Melbourne in 1988 and Sydney and Perth in 1992. Kingsley College merged its higher education courses with Tabor Victoria in January 2008.[2]

Successor colleges[edit]


The admission process for undergraduates is based on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank and interviews held between the applicants and faculty.


Tabor College offers undergraduate Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry and Bachelor of Intercultural Studies degrees, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in humanities, Bachelor of Social Science degrees in Counselling or Youthwork, and a variety of Bachelor of Education degrees. Tabor also offers master's degrees in all its faculties as well as a PhD in theology.[8]


Tabor has formal links with a range of allied organisations including the South Pacific Association of Bible Colleges, the Association of Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges of Australasia,[9] the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association,[10] Unilinc[11] and Missions Interlink.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tabor – Handbook Overview
  2. ^ Dr Wynand J. de Kock, Principal Tabor Victoria; Rev. Peter J. Dobson; Principal Kingsley College. "Kingsley College and Tabor Victoria – United Press Release: Christian Colleges Unite with 100 years' experience". Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
  3. ^ Australian College of Christian Studies
  4. ^ Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd (formerly Tabor College (NSW) Ltd)
  5. ^ "Tabor Victoria is now Eastern College Australia!".
  6. ^ Tabor Tasmania Archived 8 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Tabor College Perth campus
  8. ^[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Pentecostal Charismatic Bible Colleges[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Membership Directory
  11. ^ UNILINC Limited: Reciprocal Borrowing Archived 10 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Missions Interlink – Members[permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 34°58′15.93″S 138°33′31.14″E / 34.9710917°S 138.5586500°E / -34.9710917; 138.5586500