Provincial Directory - Theological Colleges

Bishop Patteson Theological College (BPTC)

Principal: The Revd Anthony Kame (Principal)

Address:  BPTC Kohimarama, Anglican Church of Melanesia, PO Box 19, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Tel: 677 29122 (Public); 677 29114 (Office); 677 29115 (Resident)

Fax: 677 21086

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Anglican or Ecumenical: Anglican,, but with representation of the United Church of Solomon Islands (formerly the Methodist Mission) on our Board of Governors , Faculty and Studends. (roughly 90% Anglican, 10% UCSI)

Residential: Primarily full-time residential training only; there are some part-time students who are mainly ancillary staff also in residence on campus. No distance education at present.

Qualifications:  Certificate in Ministry; Diploma in Theology (replacing Diploma in Ministry); Bachelor of Theology

Languages:  English; Solomon Pijin

Comments:  Main site of BPTC is at Kohimarama on the island of Guadalcanal; in 2011 a two year Certificate Programme was commenced at Ministry Training Centres in the Diocese of Ysabel, Malaita and the Diocese of Banks and Torres (in Vanuatu) for catechists and non-stipendiary ministers. This programme will be extended in 2012 and 2013 to include Ministry Training Centres in the Dioceses of Temotu, Hanuato'o, Guadalcanal and Central Melanesia (Solomon Islands) and Centra; Solomons and also to include the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Selected students from these Ministry Training Centres will then come to the main site of BPTC to complete the Diploma programme which qualifies for ordination in stipendiary ministry. There is an arrangement with Pacific Theological College (Fiji)for distance education at Certificate level of ACOM students; and in Vanuatu some Diploma and Bachelors students are sent to Talua, which is a theological college run by the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu but on which ACOM has representation (see separate entry). Postgraduate students of ACOM (including Bachelor's Honours students) are currently educated at overseas institutions, either by full-time residential studies or distance education for some coursework degrees. BPTC currently has arrangements with Pacific Theological College (Fiji); The University of Auckland/St John's College (New Zealand); and Charles Stuart University / St Mark's (Canberra, Australia).