Our History

Centrally located at Burwood in Sydney’s inner-west, Christ College has over 200 students studying a range of courses from Diplomas, Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees right through to Postgraduate Research Doctorates in a mixture of both full-time and part-time study modes.

Christ College is governed by the Presbyterian Theological Centre Committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales, and accredited through the Australian College of Theology.

Christ College exists to glorify God by preparing leaders for God’s church and its gospel-centred mission in the world, enabling God’s people to live for Christ in all of life.”

Though Christ College adopted a new name to coincide with the completion of our new building in 2014, we have a long and rich history in theological education stretching back to 1873.  From the Theological Hall (1873-1986), through the Presbyterian Theological Centre (1987-2013) and to the present day, our desire remains the same: honouring our past and embracing God’s exciting plans for us in the future, Christ College strives towards our vision of seeing growth in Christ-centred leadership for God’s church to God’s world.

In doing so, we are committed to God’s mission and his church, reformed theology, and providing fit-for-purpose leaders for his church through transformative and applied theological education for adult learners.

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Christ College in an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT).

The Australian College of Theology exists as a national network of Bible and theological colleges delivering the awards of the College on its behalf.

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2001 and the National Guidelines for Higher Education Approval Process – Guidelines for awarding self-accrediting authority to higher education institutions other than universities, the Australian College of Theology was granted self-accrediting authority in the ASCED field of Religious Studies.

Today the ACT offers a wide range of accredited higher education awards catering not only for the specialised needs of ministerial and missionary candidates but also for the needs of lay people interested in an understanding of the Christian faith and its implications for contemporary life. They have 30 higher education awards and approximately 3,000 active students around the world enrolled in their courses.

The ACT is the registered Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider and the legal entity for all courses offered by affiliated colleges.

The CRICOS code of the Australian College of Theology is 02650E.

For more information about the ACT, visit their website: www.actheology.edu.au.