We have been training men for ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church since our foundation in 1866. We offer a four-year programme which integrates academic study, preaching classes, church placements and pastoral training. In addition, there is a process in place to accept ministers of other denominations into the Presbyterian church.
Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma of Divinity
Daniel was an accountant for a sports insurance company, however after undertaking a ministry apprenticeship decided to study for Presbyterian ordination. Following four years of training at the PTC, he is now the minister at Williamstown Presbyterian Church.
We have developed a special Intercultural Studies Programme which is aimed at those preparing to become missionaries, or further their skills in this area. The programme is offered as part of various courses, and combines biblical, theological and practical subject areas with a major study focus in mission.
Bachelor of Ministry
Joy has served in various missionary roles, starting in youth ministry here in Melbourne before completing a Ministry Internship in Fiji. She then served in India at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She now works with the Christian Union and AFES, and will soon be serving alongside her husband in parish ministry.
Chaplaincy is a growing field of ministry, with positions available to men and women in a variety of areas. While the PTC doesn't offer specific degrees in chaplaincy, we provide training pathways within existing degree structures to equip you with the qualifications you need.
- Clinical Pastoral Education
- Chaplaincy in Educational Settings
Graduate Diploma of Divinity
Winnie was a software tester before enrolling in a Graduate Diploma of Divinity at the PTC. She hopes to serve as a hospital chaplain in the future.
A deeper knowledge of God and His Word is of benefit to people from all walks of life, both for personal development and to better serve others in ministry. We offer courses from the introductory to advanced level, providing opportunities for everybody who wants to study theology.
Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry
Andrew was studying to become an accountant when he felt God's call on his life to dedicate his time to theological study and the living out of his faith. After a period of prayer and reading the Bible and Christian literature, Andrew is now studying a BTh/BMin here at the PTC!
We are passionate about equipping women with theological education and ministry training, to prepare them for service in their churches and wider community. Our degrees in ministry teach pastoral ministry skills, built upon a strong academic foundation of theological study.
The Doctor of Theology (ThD) is used as the ACT’s premier research degree for graduates who are already engaged in the ministerial profession, and are aspiring teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. In addition to the ThD, PTC also offers the Doctor of Philosophy programme.
Master of Divinity, Doctor of Philosophy
Ben was a high school teacher before studying to become an ordained Presbyterian minister. He teaches Greek at the PTC, and is currently working towards his PhD.