Welcome to St John’s Theological College, the residential theological college of the Anglican Church in the Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The site at Meadowbank in Auckland is the base for theological education for the three Tikanga of the Province with ministry formation onsite as well as diploma level teaching in the regions across New Zealand and Polynesia. The College has partnerships with various other tertiary providers of degrees in theology. We celebrate our diversity as a people of faith honouring varied histories, traditions, and links with Anglican communities both within this Province and beyond. We are proud to have faculty and alumni of the College working around the globe.
To be a servant of the Church
To be a resource for the Church
To be a prophetic voice in and through the Church
St John’s College is a centre for excellence in theological and ministry education in a bi-cultural setting for the Three Tikanga Church.
To provide, through a residential, seminary-based education, excellence in theological training, formation and ministry development that serves the mission and ministry of the Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
To become an integral resource to the wider church through the further development of distance education
To be a prophetic voice to the Church by applying an Anglican lens on learning and engagement with contemporary issues in ministry and mission both nationally and internationally
To be an example of a worshipping Christian Community that takes seriously reconciliation in Christ and is always seeking to live its life in loving service to God’s people and God’s world
To respect the unique differences and needs of each of the Three Tikanga.
The College aims to develop understanding of and confident practice in the Five Marks of Mission in the Anglican Church which are:
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To preach, baptise and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
As Anglicans in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, committed to bicultural Treaty-based relationships in a three-Tikanga context, our graduates will be missional leaders who are:
Being transformed by growing in spiritual depth as disciples of Jesus Christ and developing as reflective practitioners: Kia tupu ake hei tangata tapu hei tangata whaiwhakāro.
Biblically literate through dwelling in, expounding, and integrating the Bible with confidence and insight in everyday contexts: Kia mōhio ki te paipera.
Theological thinkers through critically reflecting upon scripture, tradition, reason and experience and engaging context with imagination and humility: Kia kakama ki te kaupapa Atuatanga.
Bicultural partners who are growing in their understanding of reo and tikanga and the mana of different cultural expressions of the faith: Kia poua hei tangata tikanga rua.
The College is governed by its board, Te Kaunihera. The Board oversees the strategic and financial direction of the College.
The Manukura / Principal relates directly to Te Kaunihera in regular meetings. It's members are:
Miss Dawn Jones (Chair) pictured here:
Three representatives from Te Kotahitanga:
Rt Rev Andrew Hedge
Rt Rev Te Kitohi Pikaahu
Ven Chris Solomona
With specialist expertise from:
Rev Dr Rangi Nicholson
Rev Dr James Harding
Mr Daniel Vincent
The College also has a Board of Studies that oversees academic matters. This board sits at least four times a year and includes the Senior Leadership Team (Manukura and Tikanga Deans), the Library Manager, the College Manager, the Director of Academic Programmes, the Programme Administrator, a Youth Commission representative, a Bishop representing Te Kotahitanga and Maori faculty member from Laidlaw College.